Greening up your beauty routine is not only eco-friendly but has a MULTITUDE of fantastic benefits for your skin, health, and even your pocket. You’ll cringe if you even knew half of what went into some of your favorite beauty necessities, so I’d like to show you 5 simple way to green up your routine. There are also some products you just don’t need–let alone pay generously for them.
Well then, let us begin 🙂
1. Use Oil to Remove Your Eye Makeup
I remember once paying $30 for an eye makeup remover (OK more than once), only to later realize that it is SO unnecessary. Let me be clear though–we definitely need a way to remove our eye makeup effectively but what we DON’T need is all the useless additives, misleading branding techniques, and heavy pricing. It’s simple. Use a natural oil. This is something you can buy at your local health food store or (hopefully) find in your own kitchen. Not only does it completely remove ANY form of eye makeup, it will also condition your lashes while the EFAs (essential fatty acids) and naturally containing vitamin E will support their growth cycle. It can be as simple as using the Extra Virgin Olive Oil you already have (approx $6 for 1 Litre!) or purchasing another coveted oil like almond, grapeseed, avocado, etc.
Don’t get me wrong, there are some great natural brands that make nice quality eye-makeup removers–which if they were given to me I’d no doubt use. But when using a natural oil is this easy and just as effective, I don’t see myself ever paying for an alternative.
2. Switch to an All-Natural Mouthwash + Toothpaste
Artificial Colors (derived from coal tar no less), carcinogens, fluoride, skin irritants, etc. Is THIS what you want to be putting in your mouth 3 times a day? Even though you’re not swallowing it there is no doubt residue left behind and its just too yucky to ignore. Opt for a natural toothpaste and mouthwash–which work just as great, actually better. Right now I’m using a toothpaste from Green Beaver and a Neem Mouthwash that I picked up from Whole Foods but there are many other great brands out there! Read the label and be sure to avoid Sodium Lauryl Sulphate/Sodium Laureth Sulphate (responsible for contact dermatitis and also making your fake toothpaste nice and foamy), FD&C Blue 1 (found in toothpaste) and FD&C Green 3 (found in mouthwash)–made from coal tar? really?, and fluoride (no, you really don’t need it–ESPECIALLY not with all the other sources you’re receiving it from).
3. Eliminate Products Containing “Fragrance” or “Parfum”
“A rose may be a rose. But that rose-like fragrance in your perfume may be something else entirely” –Environmental Defense Canada
I’ll be the first to admit that I love wearing perfume even knowing the staggering amount of synthetic chemicals it contains. There are HOWEVER rising brands coming up with natural alternatives that I’m excited to try. The right blend of essential oils will make for a beautiful, natural scent so its useful to keep an eye out for those. What you definitely DON’T need though is fragrance in your creams and/or beauty products that get applied (usually in great amounts) to your skin and then absorbed into your body. Read the label and look for products that are either fragrance-free OR use natural essential oils to provide their scent. When it comes to labeling personal care products, “fragrance” or “parfum” is actually a very loose, umbrella term that can contain many secret chemicals and harmful synthetics that effect health. When I do wear synthetic perfume (which is only on occasion) I spray it on my clothes instead of directly on my skin.
4. Choose a SPF that Contains Zinc instead of Oxybenzone
Oxybenzone is found in most sunscreens and is linked to cell damage, allergies, and hormone disruption. Not only that, it clogs your pores and doesn’t provide all that much sun protection! Instead, choose an SPF that has micronized zinc which is a broad-spectrum UV protectant. It’s also natural and fab for your skin 🙂
5. Opt for an Aluminum-Free Deodorant
Heavy metals are in no way pretty for your health–especially when applied to such a sensitive area where there tends to be higher absorption. Aluminum is linked to breast cancer (Darbre, P. 2009) and a host of other health concerns since it can interact with your body’s DNA and induce cell changes. I know there is the whole “natural deodorants don’t work” argument but I bet you if you try a few, you’ll find one that you like while also putting your mind at ease knowing you did. I’ve tried MANY and have finally settled with ‘Green Beaver’.Well this concludes my 5 simple ways to green up your beauty routine! I hope you found it helpful and don’t hesitate to leave a comment or question. This list is in no way inclusive but is a fantastic start in the right direction. Happy Spring Beauty Cleaning 🙂