Transitioning is a journey as unique as each individual.
From medical to holistic transition, non-transition or dimensional experience, it's essential that we respect all personal needs.
We had the honor to sit down with Anasteja Layne (pronouns she/hers), a Trans educator, advocate and spokeswoman with almost 20 years of expertise and training in cosmetology, cosmetic chemistry, trichology and dermatology. Besides her participation and advocacy with several organizations and movements, Anasteja forged a relationship with Lush in 2014. We were lucky enough to have her working with Charity Pot and other projects, ultimately leading to her amazing collaboration for the #TransRightsAreHumanRights campaign.
This year, Anasteja came back to walk us through some products and ingredients that can help in a holistic approach to transition, as well as aid in symptoms of dysphoria or medical transition.
Serve some face
Sometimes, transition can mean that hormone levels are all over the place! Because of this, the balance of the skin is disrupted and can become more alkaline than usual. Common things people can experience in transition are acne, loss of melanin and thinning of the dermis. These next products will help you clean, soothe, balance and moisturize your skin to keep it healthy and happy.
Jade Roller Naked Cleansing Balm
The unique blend of oils inside Jade Roller will not only act as a great makeup remover but the murumuru butter and the marula oil also helps hydrate the skin on a deeper level, making the skin appear firmer. Plus, the toning and astringent properties of hazelnut and peppermint clean your skin, making it feel soft and tingly-fresh.
Eau Roma Water Toner
Once your skin is clean, it's important to balance. Toners are beautiful waters and infusions that help create more balance within the skin. Think of it as not only your skin's daily reset button but as a way to create a good environment to help your skin get the best of all your next skincare products. Eau Roma Water's pure simplicity of ingredients is perfect as rose water will not only soothe and diminish redness, but its natural refreshing properties can help you cool down during a hot flash—if you are experiencing those during a medical transition treatment.
Skin Drink Moisturizer
Once your skin is clean and toned, you want to seal in all that goodness and make sure it is soft and nurtured. Skin Drink is fully packed with nourishing ingredients like rose petal extract, fresh avocado and calming aloe vera extract. The ultra-soothing duo of rose and aloe vera makes this the ultimate aid for heavily-irritated skin without the fear of being extra oily.
Banana Skin Naked Facial Oil
This naked facial oil is a great non-greasy formula if you are more into oils rather than cream moisturizers. A decadently soothing blend of fresh banana, mango butter and tapioca flour creates an easily-absorbed formula that hydrates without feeling heavy or greasy.
Cup O' Coffee Face And Body Mask
Applying a weekly face mask is a great way to treat your skin. When it comes to stimulating your skin, a gentle exfoliator is just what you need in the morning (or anytime, really). Cup O' Coffee's brilliant balance of agave syrup, kaolin clay and ground coffee is a perfect combination of moisturizing and detoxifying properties for the face and its changing needs, without irritating sensitive skin.
Dirty Shaving Cream
For people experiencing new facial hair or maybe have existing facial hair that you need to take care of on a daily basis, it’s good to find a product that will be very soothing but also a great performer when it comes to having that perfectly-smooth shave. Dirty is a calming, herbal shaving cream full of oat milk, shea butter and honey for soothing irritation and redness on sensitive skin. Good to know: oat is a fantastic protein base that helps create a barrier for the skin to reset while you are shaving without blocking any pores.
Kalamazoo Beard And Facial Wash
Our last recommendation for facial care is this creamy wash. It is made with fresh pineapple juice, which is full of enzymes to cleanse your complexion and eliminate dirt and oil. It also has almond oil, jojoba oil and cupuaçu butter to soften and tame those facial hairs and follicles.
All bodies are beautiful
Hormonal transition is quite literally another puberty. That means unwanted sweat can lead to unwanted odors from bacteria and even rashes or scarring. Plus, these hormones can lead to fat redistribution and some changes in bone and cartilage structures. These changes are enough to put a lot of stress on anyone's body, so you want to look for products and ingredients that will keep your body fresh and clean.
Nana Shower Gel
While transitioning, skin can get thinner and produce less melanin, so the potassium and zinc from bananas work together to nourish and create a great natural protective barrier. The dreamy blend of banana and oat decoction is perfect for calming irritation and breaking down hard skin, leaving you feeling smooth, soft and strong.
Magic Crystals Shower Scrub
If you like peppermint, spearmint, rosemary and all those fresh and magical ingredients, this is just the ticket and will aid with those summer hot flashes. Magic Crystals helps remove dead skin cells and provides a much-deserved and needed relaxation for the body. The rosemary, sage and Epsom salt combination is great for soothing tired muscles while sloughing away rough, flaky skin.
Sympathy for the Skin Body Lotion
At this point, your skin is loaded with beneficial ingredients, but sealing in those benefits with a moisturizer is essential so they can continue to work their magic. This delicious sweet-scented formula brings back that power ingredient—banana—to help protect the skin. Plus it's also loaded with cocoa butter and almond oil to moisturize skin, making it softer and more flexible.
Silky Underwear Dusting Powder
Extra body sweat due to hormonal treatments can sometimes lead to acne, rashes and scarring. To combat this, dusting powders are an easy way to ensure your skin receives optimal moisturization while keeping water from forming on the surface. This is where Silky Underwear comes through. You don't need much, it comes in small packaging and smells very neutral, clean and fabulous! Its cornstarch and kaolin base will absorb moisture to keep you smooth as tiny shavings of cocoa butter nourish skin with a velvety touch.
Your hair your way
When we talk about hair in transition, many different and personal factors begin to play into the creation of a routine, such as hair type and porosity. Two of the most common concerns in the trans community surrounding hair are hair loss and exploring your identity through hair. Plus, regardless of hormones, hair thinning is a common issue for all kinds of people. So, to keep it simple and healthy, you want to focus on ingredients like beer, rosewood, castor oil, henna and wheatgerm.
Cynthia Sylvia Stout Shampoo
Made with organic vegan stout from a local brewery. It naturally contains protein to give your hair weight, smoothness and gloss. Beer or yeast is excellent to repair not only your hair but also your scalp by creating a protective barrier to avoid hair growth blockers from accumulating. Plus, the fresh organic lemon juice and lemongrass oil will bring shine and help seal those cuticles and foster the right environment for the growth of thick, healthy and beautiful hair.
Once you shampoo your hair, it is good to follow up with a conditioner—and for folks in transition, it is important that you also condition your scalp just like you moisturize your body and face. For this, it is best to find natural products that will nurture your skin without debilitating the follicles.
Happy Happy Joy Joy Conditioner
Ingredients like rosewood are known to ease moods, stimulate scalps and help fight hair loss. It works by creating a scalp environment that hair growth blockers don’t like, thus aiding in keeping our scalps free to produce hair at the follicle. Plus, the rose water, orange blossom water and almond milk base not only soften, nurture and condition hair and scalp but also have uplifting properties that act as mood boosters. We all need that every now and then, right?
Jasmine And Henna Fluff-Eaze Hair Treatment
Now, when it comes to giving your hair a royal treatment, you don't want to miss this hidden gem. Jasmine And Henna Fluff-Eaze is a conditioning and strengthening powerhouse. Henna is a moisturizing agent and it is not just used for coloring hair. In fact, when used correctly and paired with castor oil and wheatgerm oil, it’s a great way to treat your hair to the 'sun and water' it needs to grow, and the conditioning strength to almost reset the hair without sticking your head in a bucket of oil.
Transition is a word that will mean something different to everyone who experiences it. It will be a time of discovery and sometimes will feel scary and unknown. These are just recommendations, but the key is truly learning about these wonderful ingredients and how they can benefit your life and unique experience. We are thinking about you, we care about you and we hope that you are all safe.
You can continue following Anasteja and her expertise on Instagram @thatsirengoddess and join the community as she continues to break barriers and release revolutionary projects and collaborations.
Do you have any question about the products mentioned above? Contact our dedicated Customer Care team or book a private virtual consultation with our staff members trained in providing service to the trans community.