The MakeUp Eraser
This zero waste lifesaver is the perfect first step to anyone’s night routine. The MakeUp Eraser is as good as you have heard in the advertisements: it removes makeup quickly, easily, and thoroughly with only the addition of warm water. I tested my face after the first time I used it with micellar water and a cotton pad, and to my surprise, no residue remained. The only product I have not been able to remove with the MakeUp Eraser is my extremely water resistant mascara, which I use special cleansing oil to remove (see my next step!). At the end of the week, just toss it in the laundry and repeat. If you want to reduce your consumption of makeup removing products sold in plastic bottles, definitely give this a shot!
Too Faced Mascara Melt Off Cleansing Oil
I don’t use waterproof mascara very often, but when I do, this cleansing oil has been a lifesaver. It removes my mascara easily and doesn’t sting my eyes, and when combined with the MakeUp Eraser, my makeup doesn’t stand a chance. It is a little pricey, but it lasts a long time and is totally worth it.
Sukin Cream Cleanser
This has been a go-to cleanser for me for years. I have combination skin, so the creamy consistency helps to moisturize the dry parts of my face, but it’s not too heavy for the oily sections. It’s simple, affordable, and completely natural. I can’t get enough.
Taro-Clindamycine/Benzoyl Peroxide Gel
My number one goal for this blog is to be as honest as possible, so that you can feel comfortable asking questions and expressing your concerns with me during your non-toxic transition. This is a moment where I am being completely honest: as a person who suffers from severe acne as diagnosed by my dermatologist, I use a doctor-prescribed acne treatment every night to keep my painful zits at bay. I have attempted to wean off it multiple times, only for my acne to return angrier than ever. The gel is far from non-toxic, but it really works, and has relieved me from years of embarrassment and pain. In my mind, developing a non-toxic routine looks different everyone, and all that matters is that you do the best you can with what you have, and make the choices that are right for you. In this movement, every little bit counts.
Crest Cavity Protection Toothpaste
I’ve already discussed this toothpaste in my Non-Toxic Morning Routine, so check out that post if you’re interested! Long story short, this is the least toxic toothpaste I can find on the market that still contains fluoride and doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. I’m always open to suggestions!
Bare English & Co. Vanilla Coconut Lip Balm
I also discuss my obsession with this lip balm in my Non-Toxic Morning Routine, and how the thought of replacing it makes me want to cry. Bare English is a fantastic brand and I love them very much.
Be.Better Make Up Remover Wipes
This may seem like an odd product for the body category, but as a person who suffers from acne on my chest, shoulders, and back, these wipes are amazing at the end of the day. I use one every night when I don’t shower to wipe my chest and shoulders and back so that the skin is freshened up after a long day. They also work well for when I’m travelling and don’t want to bring my MakeUp Eraser. The best part about these wipes (apart from the amazingly affordable price) is that they are biodegradable, so they can be tossed in your compost when you’re done with them!
Nova Scotia Fisherman Hand Cream
I always finish off my routines by moisturizing my hands. This hand cream provides great hydration, especially during unforgiving Canadian winters, and does so without leaving a nasty residue. Just before I get into bed, I also like to apply it to the rough spots on my feet, and have noticed a huge difference in the softness of my feet since doing so. The one I’ve linked is my favourite scent, but they have a few nice ones to choose from.