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Annie Bukhman March 4, 2018 No Comments

**Updated April 7, 2019 to reflect what I am  currently using.

I recently talked about getting diagnosed with hypothyroidism and having to go on synthetic meds. I immediately did a ton of research on the root cause of a thyroid imbalance, and how to heal it naturally. I found the biggest components to healing are diet, lifestyle (reduce stress and negative feelings), and switching to clean beauty products. Unclean beauty products are endocrine disruptors. Researchers belive so many people now have thyroid issues (especially women) because of the chemical laden skin products. It goes into your bloodstream and eventually wreaks havoc to your hormones.

I know it can be overwhelming, where do you even start? It took me years to overhaul everything. Just start by substituting one item at a time, when you run out of your cover girl or mac, replace it with a cleaner brand. Before you know it, your whole routine will be squeaky clean. Below is the mother load list of every product I use. Enjoy!

My favorite brands for moisturizing are Eco by Sonya Driver, 100% Pure, and Agent Nateur.
For moisturizers and cleansers I would probably use 100% pure exclusively (I started using their products 10+ years ago) but, they discontinue and add new products allll the time. To me it is a weird business model for a skincare brand. Every time I want to reorder a product I like, I would either have to try something new, or search high and low trying to find it from one of their retailers. Everything I have ever tried from 100% pure I have liked, and has never made my super sensitive skin break out. But I am now moving onto more ‘consistent-with-their-products’ brands like Herbivore and True Botanicals.

I mix a few drops of oil in with my moisturizer in the morning and at night. I use are Holi (oil) by Agent Nateur. Side note- I definitely recommend following Jena (Agent Nateur) on instagram, she is a wealth of knowledge- also suffering with thyroiditis and endometriosis. Even just reading through her about page you will most likely learn something new. I have learned so much through her instagram stories. Back to oils-  your skin gets use to products, so I switch the oils every 1 -2 weeks. I definitely notice a difference when I switch back and forth. I also just recently added a drop of frankincense oil to the mix. I got it because it is meant to be good for thyroid health, but it has also made my skin super soft! I have been using it for about a year.

Eco Tan Coconut Body Milk – After taking an allergy test this past fall I found out I was allergic to a lot of bee products, so I had to a whole overhaul of my products.  I started using this body milk as my face lotion because it is vegan. Has no scent. Has a nice consistency. I usually add a drop of Frankincense oil This is also the only lotion my husband will use on his face.

Holi (oil) by Agent Nateur
Phoenix Facial Oil by Herbivore
Frankincense oil

More essential oils good for thyroid (mix with carrier oil like coconut or sweet almond oil and rub on thyroid daily):

CAUDALIE Grape Water
True Botanicals hydrating Mist
Herbivore Rose Hibiscus Face Mist

100% pure Coffee Bean Eye Cream – I use at night
Indie Lee Calendula Eye Balm – I use during the day. I despise when my eye area feels dry, I love this balm because it has a vaseline type of feel.

100% pure (I’ve been using 100% pure since I discovered the brand, 10+ years ago. As with the other products however, the cleanser I loved has been discontinued. Organic high Potency Reversal Cleansing Foam was the one I just ran out of.
*Update 4/07/19- after my

So here’s the technique I use:
1. After showering I mist face with one of the toners mentioned above. (I don’t use a cleanser in the a.m.)
2. I put some moisturizer in my hand, add a few drops of Agent Nateur oil, add one drop of frankincense, mix together and smooth over face and neck.

1. Cleanse
2. Mist face with one of the toners mentioned above
3. I put some moisturizer in my hand, add a few drops of one of the oils mentioned above, add one drop of frankincense, mix together and smooth over face and neck. I also add Agent Nateur’s holi (c) a couple times a week.

Rahua Voluminous Shampoo – My absolute favorite

Rahua Voluminous Conditioner

Briogeo Scalp Revival – Not 100% clean, but its a pretty clean product – I only use it like once a month. The smell alone is worth it, smells like thin mint cookies.

Reverie MILK leave in conditioner. I really like this leave-in, I only use it on my ends because my hair tends to get greasy quickly.

Acure – There are a lot of natural or organic dry shampoos out there I want to try, but I don’t use it that much so when I buy one it end up lasting me a really long time. Acure is good though, and very clean.

I don’t use a lot of styling products, especially right after I wash my hair. I tend to use them just when I’m trying to refresh my hair between washings, after dry shampoo. (I only wash my hair 2 x week.)
Captain Blankenship golden waves shimmer spray. (Honestly, I don’t notice the shimmer when I use it?). It smells really nice though, looks really pretty in the bottle, and is 100% pure.
Herbivore Sea Mist – a great salt spray, smells amazing like fresh coconuts. Great for summer.
Herbivore hair perfume mist in apricot – This one also smells absolutely amazing – smells like the best coconut suntan oil.. you know what I’m talking about. 😉 I use this when I want to refresh my hair but don’t need the salt texture.

I’ve been using Bare Minerals for over 10 years (may even be 15?! yikes.. ). It has super clean ingredients, and has never made me break out. I love it! (I hear Physicians Formula Organic from the drug store is very clean too).

Bare Minerals Tinted Moisturizer

Bare Minerals Faux Tan
100% Pure All Over Glow in lightly sin kissed – I always mix a drop of this in with my tinted moisturizer, adds just a little bit of nice depth to the foundation.

Bare Minerals Mineral Eye Shadow

Bare Minerals Lash Domination

Bare Minerals Liquid Eyeliner

Bare Minerals Loose Powder Blush
100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Lip Tint. One of my favorite products to use on my cheeks and lips. Adds just the right amount of color without feeling too ‘done-up’.

Bare Minerals Pure Radiance – If it’s an occasion when I am wearing a lot of make up, this all over face shimmer is such a nice finishing touch, also seems to even everything out. Also makes skin look amazing in photos.
100% pure Luminating Creme in starlight – I use this to add highlights to my cheekbones and the bridge of my nose when I want to feel a little more dressed up. The color is really nice, adds a true ‘highlight’.
RMS Beauty Master Mixer – Also a really nice highlighter that I wear on most days. Its darker so doesn’t feel as ‘flashy’ just sort of blends in with everyday make up for a more natural look. I wear it on my eye lids too!

Bare Minerals – I love all of their lipsticks. Most lipsticks make my lips chapped and flakey almost immediately. Bare Minerals is very moisturizing, and I can keep reapplying without getting that gross flaky feeling.
Kosas – My other favorite lipstick brand. Really nice and moisturizing. I have ‘rosewater’ and ‘thrillest’.

Flynn & King Recover Balm – So I’ve been addicted to lip balm since 5th grade. Before 5th grade my lips were always insanely chapped because I would lick them all the time (drove me nuts when they felt dry), to the point that my 2nd AND 4th grade teach both took me aside to tell me I was too young to wear lipstick – I wasn’t! My lips were just that chapped! OOf. So, I am obviously never without lip balm, I have them stashed everywhere – in my bags and all over my home. I was a die hard Burt’s Bees ‘Nourishing with Mango Butter’ user, until one day I looked at the actual ingredients and noticed there is soy and canola oil in it! Yikes, I don’t touch either of those ingredients while eating, but I’ve basically been ‘eating’ it the whole time! My sister had gifted me some Flynn & King lip balm 2 years ago that I use every night before bed. A lot of natural lip balms just don’t have the right texture – (like too dry or sticky?), but this one is really nice, feels very moisturizing. So I recently stocked up on Flynn & King in both flavors to replace all my Burt’s Bees. Flynn & King has super clean ingredients, and made here in Brooklyn also!

Dr. Bronner’s Bar Soap – I always get either lavender or peppermint. 

To be honest I mainly use lotions for the scent (now that I don’t really wear perfume), and for glowy skin. Apparently a lotion will bring moisture into your skin, and an oil with sort of seal it all in. So if you are going to use both, lotion first, then oil.
Herbivore Citrine – I literally want to eat this one, (Herbivore if you are listening, please make a citrine perfume!). I’ve gone through about 6 bottles of this, I love it – obviously haha.
Agent Nateur Youth Body Serum – Smells so good. Seems expensive at first glance, but the bottle is much larger than the other oils I’m mentioning. My husband always comments how nice I smell when I wear this one.
Rahua Amazon Oil – Smells really nice, a little minty, but also some warming vanilla notes.
Flynn & King Replenish Oil – the argan oil makes my skin feel really supple.

Eco Tan Coconut Body Milk – Has no scent. Has a nice consistency. I use this in the winter for dry, itchy skin with one of the aforementioned oils over it. This is also the only lotion my husband will use on his face.

Cacao Tanning Mousse – I have tried all their tanning products, but this mousse is by far my favorite. It smells really nice going on, and the color for me is perfect (no orange tint at all!). I put in on a few days in a row after showering, and it really takes the ‘sting’ out of my winter skin.
Face Tan Water –  love love love this product! you only need a little bit, so this bottle lasts a long time. I’ve been using it for almost 3 years, and I’m only on my second bottle. I don’t use it every day. I’ll use it a few days in a row to get the shade I like, then I’ll let it wear off for a few days. The best thing about this face water is it ends up evening out skin tone so you really feel like you need less coverage when applying make up.

Real Purity – I love the smell of this one! If you don’t like the wet roller ball type of deodorant (which this is) defnitely try Agent Nateur instead.
Agent Nateur (Holi) Man – my husband loves this, he’s been through 3 sticks, and keeps reordering.

One of the biggest culprits of endocrine disruption is synthetic fragrance. I’ve always been a perfume fanatic, even when I worked from home and would see no one I would give my self a spritz, it somehow always improved my mood and made me feel more productive. Until I started researching endocrine disruptors more and more.. yesh.. perfume / or synthetic fragrance is probably the most toxic thing we can use. For a point of reference, my all time favorite perfume was Dior J’adore – I read that on a scale of 1 – 10 (10 being more toxic) this rates a 7. So I don’t touch it now. There are a lot of natural perfume brand outs there, I have tried a lot of them! My two favorites are listed below, but I still don’t wear them everyday – only on special occasions. From what I’ve researched it seems the only truly non-toxic fragrance is essential oils. I know, I know, they sent doesn’t last very long. I have found though, that since eliminating most synthetic fragrance items from my life my sense of smell is stronger. As I mentioned above I also love using the clean body oils as a scent. THE STELL also makes a really nice essential oil based roller ball fragrance.
FIELE Fragrances in Viola – This one is a little bit heavier, I love wearing it in the winter, or when I’m getting dressed up. Feels sophisticated.
MCMC in Garden – I love this one in the summer, its lighter and flirtier. Feels more fun and carefree.
THE STELL Rose Geranium – This is one that I will actually wear daily. Its made of essential oils, light and floral. I do have to reapply throughout the day, but its a small rollerball so reapplication is easy breezy.

A few great places to shop clean beauty is:
credo beauty
the detox market
Bella Cuore

Phew.. that’s a whole lot of info! Switching over entirely to clean beauty was a long process, I didn’t do it all at once. I actually started becoming more interested in clean beauty years ago, but since the hypothyroid diagnosis it inspired me to go full non-toxic (or as much as I can!). If you ever have any questions please reach out, I love talking about products! Good luck! xoxo

*Hashimoto’s Protocol by Izabella Wentz is an amazing source for eating and living clean to support thyroid health. I highly recommend giving it a read even if you don’t have Hashimoto’s.

Annie Bukhman

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