Are you concerned about the hidden chemicals in typical drugstore beauty products? Do you have sensitive skin? Prone to breakouts? Passionate about the environment and sustainability? Yes to any or all of these might mean you’re ready to start implementing natural or “green” products into your daily beauty routine.
How To Go Green With Your Beauty Routine
In terms of beauty products, we’d like to consider green products those that utilize organic formulas and are chemical free. Typically with these products, you get what you pay for in the actual product and not in the packaging. And the cleaner manufacturing of these products makes for a cleaner Earth and a healthier you!
3 Easy Steps To A Green Routine
Know Your Products
Going green in your beauty routine may seem like a daunting task. But the truth is, becoming aware of the products you’re buying regularly and the impact they have on the environment and your skin is more than half of it! You don’t have to completely trash the routine you have now, but a great first step is checking out the labels on the products you use most frequently.
There’s tons of sources out there that will tell you which ingredients to stay away from and which ones to live by. But everyone reacts differently to different ingredients. An ingredient that causes an issue for one person might not necessarily cause an issue for you.
However, there are 5 known chemicals, commonly found in some drugstore brands, that are proven to be harmful. These ingredients are: DEA (diethanolamine), MEA (Monoethanolamine), TEA (triethanolamine), SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate) and SLES (Sodium Laureth Sulfate). Make sure to eliminate products containing any of these ingredients from your beauty routine.
When beginning to implement green products into your routine, start with the products that cover big portions of your body like soaps, body washes, lotions, sunscreens etc. Finding green alternatives to these staples will account for a large part of your routine and reduce your exposure to harmful chemicals.
Also, as a rule of thumb—buy less and use less. Today, in our consumer-driven society it’s almost impossible for us to feel content with what we have at this very moment. But, I challenge you see the products you invest in all the way through, use them as directed (dime size amount...cough, cough!!), and only buy when it’s a necessity.
Recycle The Evidence
When you finish that jug of milk in your fridge, what’s the first thing you do? Rinse it out and recycle it! It baffles me that so many people have not developed the same recycling habits with beauty product containers. Whether the products—and the containers they come in—are green or not, the least you can do is rinse them out and throw them in the recycling with all of your takeout containers.