We know that living a healthy life can be a daunting task. It鈥檚 doubly hard when you need to make informed choices for a family. But here鈥檚 a simple place to start: Get smart about the ingredients that you put in, on, and around your body. From baking substitutes to laundry detergent, there are loads of ways to make healthy choices around your home. We鈥檙e teaming up with NEW sulfate-free all庐 fresh clean ESSENTIALS庐 聽to share eight easy tips to keep yourself, your home, and your family healthy.

1. Use sulfate-free laundry detergent. It鈥檚 time to say 鈥減eace out鈥 to tough stains, the smart way. Clean is essential, but sulfates aren鈥檛. Try new sulfate-free all庐 fresh clean ESSENTIALS庐 with your next laundry load. This stuff will give you a powerful clean without the sulfates to tackle your toughest stains. all庐 fresh clean ESSENTIALS庐 is available in Fresh Scent, as well as Fragrance Free.

2. DIY a turmeric face mask. This vibrant-colored spice has a veritable laundry list of health benefits for your skin. It鈥檚 known for anti-inflammatory properties that can help treat acne, dark circles, rosacea, and eczema; plus it can minimize pigmentation and evens skin tone. Word is that it even helps reduce wrinkles. Mix one tablespoon turmeric, one tablespoon yogurt, and one tablespoon raw honey, then apply to your face. Leave on for 20 minutes, then rinse off and apply moisturizer. Natural beauty FTW!

3. Start the day with a mug of green tea and fresh lemon juice. You鈥檝e likely heard of the nutritional benefits of lemon water (psst: It鈥檚 known to boost the immune system, kick-start metabolism, and aid digestion), as well as the health virtues of green tea (you know, like improved brain function, lower cholesterol, and better blood flow). Turns out, these two nutrients are better together. When you add lemon juice to your cuppa, it makes the antioxidant properties of the green tea much more accessible for your body to absorb. Essentially, the lemon鈥檚 acid makes green tea鈥檚 superpowers that much more super. Cool, huh?

4. Use lavender essential oil to prevent and soothe mosquito bites. Skip the chemical spray and opt for a more natural solution for that itchy, itchy bug bite. The antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties found in lavender can help fend off mosquitoes, as well as treat existing bites. Dilute the essential oil in a carrier oil (like grapeseed, olive, or jojoba oil) and put the mixture in a spray bottle for easy application. Or you can apply the undiluted oil directly to the skin for particularly buggin鈥 bites.

5. Try coconut oil as makeup remover. The downside to long-lasting eye makeup? It鈥檚 so dang hard to remove at the end of the day! Coconut oil has natural properties that break down the water-resistant ingredients found in eye makeup. Plus, it鈥檚 also quite moisturizing. Here鈥檚 another perk: Coconut oil is much less expensive than name-brand makeup removers, which may have unseen harsh chemicals. Pick it up at your grocery store!

6. Use sunblock with zinc oxide. When looking for a sunblock that *really* protects, reach for the mineral-based stuff. Zinc oxide blocks both UVA and UVB rays and starts working the moment you apply it. It鈥檚 lauded as the safest and most effective sunblock out there.

7. Substitute avocado for butter when baking. Vegan or not, swapping out the butter is a good idea. When using avocado as a substitute, you鈥檙e basically replacing saturated fat with unsaturated fat (which is good!), as well as adding more vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals to your meal. The swap is one for one, so next time a recipe calls for a Tablespoon of butter, swap for a Tablespoon of avo, instead. Try this with muffins, cakes, cookies, and more 鈥 you鈥檒l barely taste the difference.

8. Make dairy-free banana ice cream for dessert. We鈥檒l let you in on a secret: You can make creamy, healthy ice cream with just ONE ingredient 鈥 bananas! All you need to do is pur茅e the frozen fruit in a food processor or blender. Then you can add other flavors as you see fit, like cinnamon, chocolate, nuts, or other frozen fruits. It鈥檚 bananas in so many ways.

See? When you think about ingredients first, you can make tons of healthy improvements for you and your family. It really is that simple. So go forth; you got this!

Have any smart ingredient swaps we should know about? We鈥檇 love to hear 鈥榚m! Share with us on Twitter and Facebook.

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