Updating shower products is probably one of the most amazing small changes to make that have HUGE impacts in your day to day life, especially when you find new ones worth loving!
I took some advice from a book I've been spending my spare time with and made a little change to my daily routine to help brighten up my life (and thankfully my skin too!).
Something that I have been trying to find in all my products is that they are "animal friendly" meaning that they are either vegan, not animal tested, or 100% natural products. Basically, if an animal could die from eating it, had it on them, or is in it - I don't want it.
This is getting easier and easier to do with brands having a lot of desire from their buyers to do so (and some recent legislation making it harder to put bunnies under the microscope). So here are my recent hydrating, animal friendly products!
I have super sensitive skin - so less is always more! I find that if I start mixing too many products my skin looks red and bumpy (which also comes with being itchy and hives). Because of this, I try to stick to just a few things that work really well and leave it at that! Having 3 girls share 1 shower keeps room tight as well, so not having too many products is a must for that reason too! Seriously - the one shelf you see is it for where my stuff goes!
The shampoo and conditioner that I've been addicted too for a year or so now is the Kevin Murphy ANGEL.RINSE & ANGEL.WASH. These products are amazing for dyed hair (surprise, not a natural blonde) and its all cruelty free! On top of being 'animal friendly' it's also a friend to the environment as all the packaging is either 100% recyclable or biodegradable, and the ingredients are natural and sustainably sourced (meaning they way they are harvested does no harm to the environment at all!). It makes my hair feel soft and touchable while keeping my colour fresh!
100% the best shampoo duo I have used!
Like I mentioned I have super sensitive skin. I try to find products that use ingrediants that are not full of chemicals and additives because my skin just can't handle it. This shower gel form LUSH smells amazing and is based in oat milk, so its great for sensitive skin! Oat milk has cooling properties that brings down redness and stress on skin!
LUSH is one of the big names in animal friendly products - everything they sell is not tested on animals and majority of it is organic/non-GMO / vegan etc. If you are looking to introduce these qualitines into your vanity, LUSH is a great and easy place to start!
Here is a super affordable, not purchased at Sephora, not animal tested, break out curing product that only cost $5 (how it exists , I'm honestly not sure).
This is a product I have been using for YEARS and every time I switch to something else, my skin hates me (then quickly forgives me when I switch back). The St. Ives Apricot Scrub is soothing, hydrating and WORKS. I have oily skin, so anything thats aimed at "acne/breakout/blackhead control" is what i reach for. I use this in the shower 2/3 times a week with washing my face with just water on a face cloth in between. This product is a scrub so it shouldn't be used as an every day cleanser, but I honestly don't use a cleanser every day - my skin is just too sensitive to take away all the natural oils!
If I had to pick one product out of all my products - this would be my fav. It complements my skin so well that it just can't be beat.
Okay, back to the Sephora stuff - I've been hooked on the Kopari rose toner for a few months now and it's amazing. I was looking for a toner for a while, but struggled to find something that is a big enough bottle for its price, has good ingredients, and its cruelty free. This guy checked all the boxes!
The toner is meant to reduce poor size, redness and provide hydration. I think it does all these things in spades! I noticed a significant reduction in breakouts after using this for about a week!
I had to include this dry shampoo into the product update! I don't like using aerosol cans because they are just awful for the environment, and it seems all the good dry shampoos are in them. I've been using baby powder as a dry shampoo for years and with the blonde hair I can get away with the white spot left behind! But I borrowed this guy off a friend and immediately went to go get my own! Its the same idea as a baby powder approach, but works a bit better! Its a great styling product and oil remover! It also smells like limes!
All the products are linked in the titles if you need a hydration refresh!