It’s easy to forget that your skin is your largest organ. It’s pores provide a natural way for the body to eliminate toxins. In fact, a skin breakout or rash can be an indicator that your body is fighting to remove something. So, why would you put chemicals on your face that you wouldn’t want to eat in your food? Everyday beauty products may be equally harmful to your body.

If you’re thinking of transitioning to natural personal care products, here are five steps: 

1. Go One-by-One

There is no need to get rid of everything you have at once. Talk about stressful! Instead, replace items as they run out, which is also easier on the budget.  

2. Begin with the Most Important Products

Take into account how close the product is to the surface of your skin. Start with what gets absorbed immediately into your skin: face moisturizers. Next, move to foundation, unless you don’t use it frequently. And, don’t forget to protect your skin from the Arizona sun with a good sunscreen.

3. Read Ingredient Labels

Look for the most commonly agreed upon offenders: parabens, sulfates, and phthalates. And look at what order the natural ingredients are on your skin because you want the natural ones closer to the first. For example, if the mentioned rosemary, and it’s the last ingredient, it may contain little and have a small effect on your skin.

4. Shop Smart

Unfortunately, high-quality natural products can be expensive, but finding them can be easier once you know where to look. Stores like Trader Joe’s, Whole Food, and Target offer some really good products at affordable price points. And the best place to look for deals and brands is often online. 

5. Allow Time to See Results

You may think that the product isn’t working initially. In fact, some people see breakouts during the first month of using natural products. Breakouts are not unusual, and maybe happening because your skin is eliminating accumulated toxins! It takes about 30 days for new skin cells to reach the surface of the skin. So be patient and remember that consistency is the key.