How I Accomplished One Of My Biggest Health Goals

Well hey there, friend!

I know we are all still in goal-crushing mode for 2019 and we are hardly even through the month of January. But, I want to talk to you today about one goal that I set for myself last year and how I managed to accomplish it.

Last year, when I sat down to plan out my goals for 2018 I had 2 big ones. One was this blog. And since launching in February of last year I have just continued to set goals for this platform and attempt to accomplish them. But, that isn’t the goal I’m here to talk to you about today. I want to talk to you about my other major goal for 2018.

Going into 2018 I wanted to majorly clean up my health. I’m not talking about losing weight here or even being more active. My goal was to eliminate a lot of toxins from my life. And one of the biggest and most specific ways I wanted to do that was through my skin care routine. I wanted to get rid of anything that was causing my skin or body more harm than good. I wanted to toss and replace everything toxic with something organic, natural, and GOOD for my skin. But, I didn’t want to break the bank either. So, I’m sharing with you exactly how I cleaned up my ENTIRE skin care routine in a year’s time and how I’m kicking it up a notch in 2019 by expanding my routine altogether and adding in new things I didn’t even know my skin needed.


When I sat down and mapped out my 2018 goals, I wanted to be super intentional, even with something as simple as skin care. So, I made an actual plan.

I made a simple little chart that included every part of my skin care and beauty routine that needed to be cleaned up. I listed it all: lotions, foundation, mascara, shampoo, blush, soap, moisturizers, masks, toners. And everything else. And I created a simple little graph that allowed me to track each individual product that I was replacing.

This was nothing fancy, friend! It was just a list of everything I wanted to upgrade and clean up that accompanied a small, pencil-drawn chart that I would slowly fill in with color as I progressed through my list. I’m just a type-A kind of gal and I love anything color-coded. So, don’t feel like you even need to go to those lengths. A simple list of what items you want to clean up with a little box to check next to it will suffice. As long as it helps track your progress and keeps you motivated that’s all that really counts!


When I started looking at that graph and that looooong list of things I needed to replace I got a little overwhelmed. This was going to take so much time! Searching for and narrowing down brands that I liked and trying out products until I found a good fit for everything….that would take six months just to get started. And the thought of tossing everything out and starting over really made me anxious. Plus…this was going to be expensive if I replaced everything all at once. I just didn’t have the sort of budget to start my entire arsenal of products from scratch and rebuild just like that. One trip to Target obviously was not going to work (which is sort of the idea I had in my head when I first got started).

So, I decided to approach it a bit differently. Instead of replacing everything all at once, I simply replaced as needed. Once I started to get low on a particular product I would start researching organic or natural alternatives and by the time I needed more product I already had one or two new things I could try.

Doing it this way really made it feel like less of an investment. Instead of throwing out products that I had just paid for recently or was still getting use out of, I just replaced everything slowly — only purchasing new when I was about to run out of the old.

Before I knew it an entire year had almost passed and I was able to replace everything I used regularly without spending tons of money in one place or at one time. This kept me from taking the easy way out on products as well — I was able to really test out and try different brands and find a mix that works for me.


Because this goal involved buying new products, I was able to turn this into a really enjoyable process. Instead of being overwhelmed by it or worrying that I would spend money on something I didn’t like or something that didn’t work, I just tried to have fun.

I would get so excited to use new products — even the research process started to be fun for me! I loved discovering new brands and learning about what types of ingredients I needed to look out for.

So, every time I purchased a new product I made it super fun to try out. I would throw out the product I was replacing and then apply the new one to whatever part of my routine it fit best — morning makeup, weekend self-care, or my nightly shower & makeup removal. Usually, I was able to make it a luxurious experience or make it feel like something extra special. Something I didn’t expect was that I started to feel so much better about myself — knowing I was using products that did something good for my skin rather than just covered it up or removed unwanted lines or blemishes. I felt more comfortable with less makeup once I took care of my skin and gave it a little more attention (and much better products) in the first place.

So, what products did I replace and what did I replace my products with?

Looking back on last year and all of the products I replaced I found a few that really made the biggest difference. So, I want to tell you about the specific type of products I found made an impact on my routine and my health — and then I want to share a few recommendations I have for you!

Products I replaced:

  • Shampoo
  • Deodorant
  • Shower Gel / Soap
  • Body Lotion
  • Facial Cleansers
  • Moisturizers
  • Foundation
  • Concealer
  • Blush
  • Eye Shadow
  • Mascara
  • Chap Stick
  • Lip Gloss / Lip Stick

New products I discovered:

  • Toner
  • Sheet Mask
  • Clay Mask
  • Bronzer

The One Brand That Made The Biggest Difference

So, throughout my beauty detox journey I found a handful of brands that I really like for a lot of reasons. For some, it’s affordability. For others, it’s quality of product. And for some I just love the selection, branding, or environmental impact.

Brands I tried and loved include: Thayers (I cannot live without their witch hazel toner), Pacifica Beauty (I love their mascara & concealer), Arbonne (great option for masks & spa-like items), Love Beauty & Planet (their shampoo & deodorant are must-haves for me), and Burt’s Bees (basically all the natural lip products, makeup, and self-care items).

Searching through different companies can be overwhelming and really confusing. I mean, this was a YEAR LONG process for me. But, I finally discovered one brand in particular that is able to provide products for just about all of my beauty needs. I immediately fell in love with the blush & eye shadow palettes from Burt’s Bees and their facial moisturizers. So, I reached out to Burt’s Bees to see if they had any additional recommendations for products I was still trying to replace. And boy did they deliver!

I was able to find the EXACT kind of foundation I was looking for. And since lip products had been my hardest product to replace…I was thrilled with all of the options they have — from chap sticks and balms to lip shimmers and gorgeous glosses. So, if you want to save yourself a little trouble — start your beauty detox process with Burt’s Bees. Their simple, natural beauty products met every standard I had in my beauty and skin care detox.

Here are some of the Burt’s Bees products I will forever have in my beauty bag

The items in the list below are all the products that I use regularly from Burt’s. In particular, my faves are the brightening cleanser and the liquid makeup — I seriously cannot go without them!

Click through the links below to see all of the details and the percentage of natural ingredients in each product.

Disclosure: I might receive a commission of qualifying purchases through these links. This does not affect your purchase experience or price but helps me fund more content for you. Win, win!

They offer so many other products as well. Their masks, acne treatments, extensive line of lip care, and all of their facial scrubs are amazing. I especially love the Pet products — our 75 lb. Husky has never smelled better and they are the only products that don’t give him some sort of allergic reaction.

Friend, I am so glad I finally made the switch to cleaner, more natural beauty and skin care products. And I am never going back to my old ways! I actually get compliments on my skin now! From a girl who has always struggled with acne, dry skin, oily skin, sensitive skin, and allergic reactions…that means everything! And I feel so much more comfortable in my skin now that I KNOW I am treating it well.

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