I am asked all the time what natural skincare products I use… so today I’m sharing with you a few of my favorites + why I made the switch to natural, greener, cleaner beauty!
If you’re new here – a quick intro… Hi! I’m Megan Roosevelt, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and founder of Healthy Grocery Girl. I live in sunny Southern California with my husband (who is also my business partner) and our two sweet children. I’m a 2X author, advocate for women’s physical and mental health and my passion is sharing simple recipes, products and tips to help you and your family live your healthiest life. I love taking photos, making videos and a really good chocolate chip cookie.
On to the skin care chat!
In my teens and early twenties I had really bad acne… cystic acne on my chin and back, it was embarrassing. At the time, I was already interested in healthy eating, yet it took me a while to make the connection and learn that what we put on our body also matters. So I started with small changes… swapping out my deodorant for a natural option and trying natural makeup. This was over 10 years ago. There were no beauty bloggers or YouTubers sharing reviews. It was just me, standing in the aisles of Whole Foods Market spending a lot of time and money on products for trial and error. Some products worked and some didn’t. Fast-forward to today and I have tried A LOT of natural beauty products. Sharing products that help you live a healthy lifestyle became a passion of mine – one of the reasons behind Healthy Grocery Girl!
Over the past decade I’ve also learned a lot about ingredients (the good and the bad) and have seen first hand how the products we use can hinder or help our health.
I’ve shared my infertility and graves disease story here… I’ll be honest and say I was still using some unnatural products before my diagnosis. At the time a lot of my work was on television and on camera for long hours. I needed products that WORKED, that held up well under lights, sweat and time.
Then we decided we wanted to start a family. In the midst of our journey trying to conceive, I was diagnosed with graves disease – an autoimmune disease due to a hyperactive thyroid. At the time I had great skin, due to the many healthy lifestyle changes I invested in over the past 10+ years, so no more acne! I thought – what harm can these conventional products really do for my health? My skin looks great! I wasn’t 100% all-in for all natural products. However, I personally realized that while we can look healthy on the outside, that doesn’t always mean everything is running smoothly on the inside. This was another hard lesson for me and I made the commitment to dive even deeper into the world of natural products.
After an intense 6-month natural treatment plan that included changes to my diet, lifestyle, herbs and personal products my thyroid levels returned to normal without the help of medication and I got pregnant! This is just my personal story and every body is different. However, I do believe that what we eat, what we put on our skin, the products we use in our home, our stress levels, environment and our lifestyle, it all affects our health. The good news is… food, lifestyle and products can also affect our health in a VERY powerful and positive way too!
I have so much I want so share with you regarding the nutrition side for an autoimmune disease. But today – I’m just sharing with you one beauty company that I love and that has really been a staple for me. Primally Pure.
You’ve probably heard bloggers or beauty experts chat about this brand – and for good reason! I am always skeptical about products at first. Maybe it’s my years of trial and error trying out so many products, it takes a lot to WOW me. I also want products that WORK. Sure a product can smell nice and have clean ingredients, but does it DO anything for me? Does it work? Do I notice a difference after I use it? That’s the real test.
Below I’m sharing with you 4 of my top favorite Primally Pure products. I love them so much I became an affiliate. This doesn’t cost you anything. It’s just my way of sharing what I love while earning a small referral when you shop. As a small business run by just 3 people (my husband and myself plus our go-to gal Jeni who is also a Registered Dietitian) shopping via our referral links means the world to us. You can save 10% when you use the code HGG10. Okay – so on to my favorites!
You know what stinks? A deodorant filled with aluminum, propylene glycol (which was originally developed as an anti-freeze!), parabens, triclosan and more. These ingredients can be endocrine disruptors. Endocrine disruptors can increase or decrease normal hormone functions. Hormone health is EVERYTHING when it comes to having our body function optimally. Our hormones play a role in metabolism, mood, thyroid health, fertility and so much more.
You don’t know, what you don’t know. So if you’re feeling blindsided about your deodorant right now, I felt the same way at one time. Give yourself grace. It takes time to transition into a fully natural lifestyle. Reading this right now – you are already investing into your health in a BIG way. Education is powerful, so let’s keep going!
Did you know that your skin is your largest organ? Sweat is actually a way that your body releases toxins and naturally detoxes! Antipersperants BLOCK sweat therefore blocking your body from naturally detoxing. Natural deodorants do not block sweat. So you may still sweat, that’s being human! Good news is, sweat is not what smells. Sweat is purely salt and water. When sweat comes into contact with the natural bacteria on your skin – that is what causes an unpleasant aroma. The solution to allowing your body to naturally detox but not stink? A natural deodorant. If you have sensitive skin like me, I use Primally Pure’s Unscented Deodorant. Although they have some other really lovely options. Learn more about my favorite deodorant here and save yourself from being stinky with code HGG10 for 10% off.
I love this so much – I gave it out as Christmas gifts! To be honest, I don’t like washing my face. Water trickling down my arms, getting all over the bathroom counter and on my clothes… am I an animal? Why can’t I keep water IN the sink. Washing my face is just always a mess. My solution – especially once I became a mom… clean my face with baby wipes. Genius right? A dual-purpose product and no water all over. After a year of baby wipes I started to notice my skin was suffering. I can’t blame the baby wipes completely.
My skin changed a ton during pregnancy and postpartum. However, I learned that wipes can be really harsh on your skin, especially for those with sensitive skin – which is me. Even though I was using really clean baby wipes, my skin was already struggling with the hormone changes postpartum, why make it worse by dragging a rough wet piece of paper across my face? My skin needed some TLC!
Introducing cleansing oils. With this cleansing oil you massage onto your face and gently wipe clean with a warm wet towel. The cleansing oil smells so good and the combination of the warm towel – it literally feels like I’m at the spa for a few minutes. I have kids – so I’m quickly reminded I am not at the spa. Yet, moms you know to enjoy those mini moments of you-time when and how you can get them!
This cleansing oil is made with only nine Organic ingredients: Sunflower Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil, Avocado Oil, Castor Oil, Rosehip Seed Oil, Essential Oils of Orange, Lavender, Geranium and Peppermint.
I personally use the cleansing oil for dry skin – yet they have an option for oily or normal skin as well. Check them out here!
What the heck is a serum? That was my first thought! Short answer – serums are a blend of oils and other good-for-your-skin ingredients. You simply massage onto your skin (do not rinse off) and let the serums absorb, nourish and hydrate.
Primally Pure’s clarifying serum is made with mostly organic ingredients including: Jojoba Oil, Prickly Pear Seed Oil, Marula Oil, Green Tea EGCG, Grape Seed Oil, Essential Oils of Sweet Orange, Turmeric, Manuka, Grapefruit and Neroli. This serum can help minimize inflammation and breakouts, brighten uneven skin tones and clarify your complexion. Learn more here!
The Plumping Serum is made with ingredients that help to build natural collagen and elastin helping to create more firm, smooth and younger-looking skin. This plumping serum promotes a youthful appearance, can soften the signs of aging and plumps skin naturally. Learn more here!
I also love their Soothing Serum!
As I mentioned above, my skin changed drastically through pregnancies and postpartum. Specifically – I developed dry, red, splotchy skin, a result of hormonal changes and sleep deprivation. These days, I need products that really nourish my skin, hydrate, help reduce inflammation and even out my skin tone. While my skin is not perfect, (which is hard to achieve when you’re not sleeping through the night and you have a 2 year old and a baby) I have seen progress over the past 2 years! You can see the progress my skin is making in the photos below and I’m so happy with it!
I went from – what the heck is a serum? To… serums are saving my skin! You can learn more about Primally Pure serums here!
While this is not a skincare item… I have to share about it with you because it will save you time, money and your sanity! No matter what season of life you are in… dry shampoo is a MUST. I wash my hair maybe once a week. I shower daily, I just don’t have the time or the energy to wash – dry – style, every day of my life. My solution? DRY SHAMPOO. You sprinkle a little of this at your roots, run a comb through your hair and the dry shampoo absorbs the oils and your hair looks fresh! It’s MAGIC. This is my go-to Dry Shampoo and I love it. This Dry Shampoo is made with kaolin clay, organic arrowroot powder and essential oils that absorb moisture, adds texture, volume and can even help stimulate new hair growth. My only regret with this product is not using it sooner!