It’s that magical time of the year. The leaves are changing, the weather is getting colder… And everyone around you is getting sick. As much as I love fall, (it gives me an excuse to wear cool jackets and watch too many horror movies) it’s also a transitional season, which means all of the skincare and haircare you nailed down in the summer is suddenly thrown out of wack. You finally figured out the perfect combination to tame your oil slick of a face (or your greasy roots) and then BAM, everything is dry and your pores are on fire. Or maybe it’s personal problem.
Either way, it’s a good time to reevaluate what your skin needs, and while you’re doing that, you might as well start dipping your toes into clean beauty. We stopped by Ivy Wild, one of D.C.’s best non-toxic beauty stores to chat with founder Rachel Mulcahy, who helped me swap out some of my old products for cleaner alternatives and gave me some sweet skin care tips.
The first thing to go was my good old toner. I truly don’t know what toner does or if it is helping my skin in any way, but I put it on because it feels like the adult thing to do. Also, someone told me I had oily skin once and I think this is supposed to help. I also might have dreamed that. Either way, Rachel set me up with Ursa Major’s Face Tonic, which can be applied with cotton rounds or sprayed right on your face. It sounds like a great company with awesome products, but the real game changer for me is the spray nozzle. I will take the laziest route whenever possible and applying toner bit by bit with the cotton rounds was not doing it for me. It also smells delightful.
Next to go was my drugstore mascara, which I picked up at CVS after my other drugstore mascara started to get weird and clumpy. Fun Fact: You’re absolutely supposed to switch out mascara every three months. Another Fun Fact: No one on earth does this. I think I had my previous mascara for a year. That probably means I’ll wake up one day and my eyes will fall out, but think off all the money I’ve saved! For this, Rachel hooked me up with PYT Beauty’s brand new Primed + Ready mascara. It’s definitely a more natural and whispy mascara look than what I’m used to, but I haven’t had any weird clumping problems and I’m in love with the primer for reasons I can’t entirely articulate. It feels like it’s protecting my lashes. I don’t know if that’s true, but I’m going to keep on believing it. Welcome to my “No Rules, Just Right” beauty school.
The last product to go was my hair mask. I have incredibly thin and fine hair, and the ends get dry as hell. It doesn’t help that I refuse to get a hair cut because you’re not my real dad, you can’t tell me what to do. Because of these dry (and split / dead) ends, I’d been trying out hair masks and deep conditioners to see if I can make myself look more like a real person and less like a swamp monster. Unfortunately, the stuff I was using was way too thick and I was using too much of it. Thankfully, Rachel introduced me to Context Skin’s Keratin Recovery Treatment and I love it. The packaging is amazing, the smell is amazing and it made my hair look mostly normal. It softened everything up and cut down on the frizz. I don’t know if other people can tell the difference, but I can and that’s all that matters.
Because she’s not a maniac, Rachel doesn’t recommend throwing away all of your skin care / hair care / make up and going full clean beauty. Not everything is going to work for everyone, so it’s much easier to make the transition one item at a time. If you do have an underachieving product and are looking for an excuse to switch things up, Ivy Wild definitely has your back.