How to Incorporate Non-Toxic Skincare into Your Daily Routine

  • July 27, 2023
  • 3 Minutes

Last updated on 10/13/2023 by Souhela Ferrah

Keeping healthy skin is a significant concern in our daily life, surrounded by free radicals, pollutants, and stress. Sadly, not all skincare products we find in stores have the same array of benefits, even some of them can be harmful to us in the long run. Many mainstream products contain potentially dangerous ingredients, pushing a shift towards non-toxic skincare. Non-toxic skincare is what it sounds like: using products that do not have harmful components and, instead, using natural, organic, plant-based ingredients that keep the skin healthy without any backlash.

This article will review the steps to help you transition to a non-toxic skincare routine.

Non-toxic skincare refers to products free from harmful chemicals that can have unwanted side effects. These products typically avoid ingredients such as parabens, phthalates, sulfates, and synthetic fragrances that could potentially harm our skin. To get a more in-depth understanding of these common harmful ingredients, check out our article: Non-Toxic Skincare for Acne-Prone Skin: What to Look For. Non-toxic skincare focuses on using natural and clean ingredients that support skin health without the potential for long-term harm. By consciously avoiding ingredients that can potentially cause damage, non-toxic skincare offers a safer, healthier approach to maintaining glowing, youthful skin.

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The Importance of Non-Toxic Skincare

Skin is our largest organ and can absorb up to 60% of what we apply to it. Any product we use will penetrate the outermost layer of epidermal skin, entering and modifying our body. Harmful ingredients in skincare products penetrate our bodies and can potentially cause harm over time. Repeatedly applying and exposing our skin to these toxins can lead to skin irritation, hormonal disruptions, premature aging, and even more serious health problems. Non-toxic skincare reduces these risks by providing safer, more natural alternatives that promote skin health without unwanted side effects.

Evaluating Your Current Skincare Routine

The first step in transitioning to a non-toxic skincare routine is evaluating your current routine. Take time to look at each product you use, reviewing its ingredient list for potentially harmful substances. Several websites, such as EWG’s Skin Deep Database, have taken the time to analyze and break down the ingredients of many mainstream products that can help you understand the safety of the complex ingredients list of your products. You may discover that some of your products already meet the non-toxic criteria while others may need to be replaced.

Reading Labels and Understanding Them

Product labels are not often accurately regulated; they can be confusing and sometimes misleading. Labels like “natural,” “clean,” “non-toxic,” and “green” can be particularly deceptive because there’s no universally accepted definition for these terms in the skincare industry. In many cases, they’re only marketing terms with no scientific backing, just put there to make you buy the product. Learning to read ingredient lists and understand certifications can help you make informed choices and save some money. Certifications like “EWG Verified” or “COSMOS Organic” are reliable indicators of non-toxic products.


Identifying Harmful Ingredients to Avoid

Several ingredients are known to be potentially harmful and are, sadly, commonly found in the skincare products we have easy access to. The most common ones include parabens, a preservative; synthetic fragrances, which can cause allergies and skin irritation; and phthalates, which have been linked to cancers of estrogen-responsive organs. When transitioning to non-toxic skincare, it’s essential to learn to recognize these and other harmful ingredients on product labels so you can avoid them.

Prioritizing Natural and Clean Ingredients

Once you know what you should never apply directly on your skin, you can focus on finding what you want to include in your skincare routine: natural and organic ingredients from ethically sourced plantations. These ingredients are derived from nature and processed in a way that maintains their organic chemical structure.

These can include plant extracts, essential oils, and other botanical ingredients that fully nourish your skin. For example, our Wild Rose Illuminating Face Oil, which won the “Best Face Oil” by Bazaar Awards Beauty in 2022 inspired us to improve our non-toxic formulas. This was the starting point of our entire new product line, which you can now find on our website. Based on the success of this face oil, we created the all-new, completely natural Fields of Yarrow’s Wild Rose Illuminating Face Oil. This new powerful formula was created with your skin’s health in mind. It is rich in antioxidants that work together to protect the skin from damaging free radicals while providing deep hydration. Fields of Yarrow was honored as a second consecutive year winner of “Best Face Oil” by Harper’s Bazaar 2023.  

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Rich in vitamin E, F, Argan oil, cucumber oil, tea tree essential oil, and Abyssinian oil, this powerful treatment encourages collagen synthesis, boost tone, and provides anti-oxidant protection.

Tips for Transitioning to a Non-Toxic Skincare Routine

Rome wasn’t built in a day, and your perfect skincare routine won’t either. It’s often easier to start by replacing one product at a time once you finish it. Educating yourself about harmful ingredients by reading through posts of capable professionals can help you make informed choices. A great source of curated, scientifically-backed articles about non-toxic skincare can be found here. Remember, seeing results may take time, but the benefits of not putting daily toxins on your largest organ are worth the wait.

Addressing Common Concerns and Challenges

One common concern when transitioning to non-toxic skincare is the potential cost, as these products often have a higher price point. However, high-quality, non-toxic skincare should be considered an investment in your long-term health and beauty. Always remember to do a patch test when trying a new product, as even natural ingredients can cause mild allergic reactions in some people. Remember, the goal is to support your skin’s health and well-being, so it’s worth taking the time to find the products and routines that work best for you.


What is the significance of skin absorption when it comes to skincare products?
Skin absorption is crucial because what we apply on our skin can enter our body. Harmful chemicals in skincare products can be absorbed and potentially cause various health issues.

Are there any specific benefits of using natural, plant-based ingredients in non-toxic skincare?
Yes, natural, plant-based ingredients often contain essential nutrients and antioxidants that can nourish the skin. These ingredients are less likely to cause adverse reactions compared to synthetic compounds.

Can non-toxic skincare products also address specific skin concerns like acne or aging?
Absolutely. Many non-toxic skincare products are formulated to address various skin concerns, such as acne, aging, dryness, and sensitivity. Look for products with ingredients known for targeting your specific concern.

Do non-toxic skincare products have a shorter shelf life compared to conventional products?
Natural products may have a shorter shelf life due to the absence of synthetic preservatives. Be sure to check the product's expiration date and store them properly to extend their lifespan. Fields of Yarrow's product shelf life is 12 months.

Can transitioning to non-toxic skincare help with skin conditions like eczema or rosacea?
Non-toxic skincare products can be gentler on sensitive skin and may help manage conditions like eczema or rosacea. However, consult a dermatologist before making significant changes to your skincare routine. Non Toxic Skincare aims at maintaining your skin's health, and minimize the appearance of determined skin concerns.

About the Author

Souhela Ferrah
Souhela Ferrah

Researcher, mom and founder of Fields of Yarrow

Growing up in the south of France, Souhela Ferrah was surrounded by flower fields. As the daughter of a pharmacist, and with her educational background as chemist, she grew up with a strong affinity with nature and understood its power very well. Thanks to her family, her hometown and her travels around the world, she found inspiration in natural healers, herbalists and nature itself. And this was enough to motivate her to start the awarded honest skincare brand, Fields of Yarrow.
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