Spring is the perfect time to rejuvenate your skin by decluttering and detoxing your skincare collection. Over time, too many products and harsh ingredients can overwhelm your skin, leading to clogged pores, breakouts, and dullness. Recalibrating your skincare practice with gentle, all-natural and effective products can help your skin look and feel its best -whether you’re pregnant, nursing or just in need of a skincare refresh to maintain a healthy glow. And for those who are pregnant or nursing, it's especially important to be cautious about the products you use.
What is Skin Detox?
Skin detox is the process of removing toxins and impurities from your skin to help it function properly and look its best. Spring is the perfect time to do a skin detox because it's a time of renewal and the weather is changing, which can impact your skin.
Why Spring Cleaning your Skincare Practice is Important
Using the wrong skincare products can mean exposing your skin to known carcinogens, hormone disruptors, and other harmful toxins on a daily basis. This can be risky for your health, and the health of your baby. It's common to spend more time buying beauty products than researching their ingredients.
That's why we recommend taking advantage of spring cleaning season to cleanse your skincare routine. It’s ideal to do this at least once a year. With Elder Flower's safe and effective skincare solutions, you can simplify your routine and have peace of mind knowing you're nourishing your skin with all-natural ingredients.
How to Spring Clean Your Skincare Practice
So, how do you go about decluttering your skincare collection for spring? Here are some tips:
- Check expiration dates: Skincare products have a shelf life, and using expired products can do more harm than good. Check the labels and toss anything that's past its prime.
- Look for duplicates: Are you using two different serums that do essentially the same thing? Consolidate your collection and only keep one of each type of product.
- Replace toxic ingredients and products: Invest in clean beauty products that support a radiant and youthful complexion. With Elder Flower, you don't have to compromise between safe and effective ingredients. Our plant-based skincare is crafted with pregnancy and breastfeeding mamas in mind, making our all-natural retinol alternative gentle on sensitive skin types.
- Swap winter skincare for spring skincare: Spring cleaning your skincare routine is important, especially for pregnant women and those with sensitive skin. As the weather changes, so should your skincare products. Consider switching out your winter cream for a lighter, water-based formula, or adding in antioxidants like Vitamin C to combat allergens. If your skin feels dull and dehydrated after harsh winter weather, treat yourself to UNEARTH Overnight Facial Treatment Mask by Elder Flower to achieve deep nourishment and hydration for a radiant, youthful complexion.
- Keep it simple: You don't need a 10-step skincare routine to achieve healthy, glowing skin. Focus on the essentials: a gentle cleanser, a moisturizer, and a serum or treatment that addresses your specific skin concerns.
What to Look For and What to Avoid
If you want to get pregnant, are pregnant, or have sensitive skin, it's important to be cautious about the skincare products you use. Here are some things to look for when selecting skincare ingredients:
- Avoid retinoids and salicylic acid: Both of these ingredients are known to potentially harm a developing fetus and should be avoided during pregnancy. They can also be too harsh for sensitive skin types. Instead, opt for all-natural retinol alternatives, like nephoria, which can be found in our UNEARTH Overnight Facial Treatment Mask.
- Watch out for parabens and phthalates: These chemicals are common in many beauty products and have been linked to hormone disruption.
- Stick to gentle, natural ingredients that are all-natural, organic, and always non-endocrine disruptive: Elder Flower's plant-based skincare line is crafted with all-natural, organic ingredients that are gentle on sensitive skin types. Our key ingredients, such as snow fungus, nephoria, hyaluronic acid, eucalyptus, orange blossom, vitamin E, and juniper, offer a wide range of benefits to nourish and rejuvenate the skin.
- Avoid fragrance: Many fragrances can be irritating to sensitive skin types and may contain undisclosed chemicals. Look for fragrance-free or naturally scented products. Plant-based skincare often incorporates natural botanicals and essential oils for a subtle, pleasant scent.
- Choose non-comedogenic products: Products that are labeled as non-comedogenic won't clog pores, making them ideal for those with sensitive or acne-prone skin. Mushroom-based skincare products are often formulated to be lightweight and non-greasy, making them suitable for all skin types.
10 common skincare ingredients that are considered toxins
- Parabens: commonly used as preservatives in skincare products, but can disrupt hormones and cause skin irritation.
- Phthalates: often used to add fragrance to skincare products, but can cause hormonal disruption and affect fetal development.
- Formaldehyde: a common preservative in skincare products that can cause skin irritation, respiratory issues, and has been linked to cancer.
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS): a foaming agent that can cause skin irritation and dryness.
- Triclosan: a common ingredient in antibacterial products that can disrupt hormones and cause skin irritation.
- Coal Tar: a known carcinogen often used in anti-dandruff shampoos and other hair products.
- Hydroquinone: a skin lightening ingredient that can cause skin irritation and has been linked to cancer.
- Oxybenzone: a chemical sunscreen ingredient that can cause hormonal disruption and has been shown to damage coral reefs.
- Toluene: a solvent commonly used in nail polish that can cause skin irritation, respiratory issues, and has been linked to developmental and reproductive toxicity.
- Retinyl Palmitate: a form of Vitamin A that is commonly used in anti-aging products, but can cause skin irritation and increase sensitivity to sunlight.
That's where Elder Flower comes in. Our mushroom-based skincare line is crafted with natural and organic ingredients that are gentle on sensitive skin types. By simplifying your skincare routine with Elder Flower's all-natural retinol alternative and other key ingredients like snow fungus, nephoria, hyaluronic acid, eucalyptus, orange blossom, vitamin E, and juniper, you can achieve a radiant and healthy complexion while feeling confident that you're not exposing yourself or your baby to harmful toxins.
So, this spring, take a step towards nourishing your skin by decluttering your collection and opting for Elder Flower's safe and effective skincare solutions.