When I first began my green beauty journey, my goal was to have better, healthier hair. The idea was to find nurturing hair care and stop using so many chemicals on my locks- specifically silicone which is not good for hair like mine, frizzy and color treated.
Reading labels and understanding what was in products became my number one priority.
Once I determined ingredients to stay away from regarding hair care, I couldn’t stop there. I began reading labels of skin care then eventually my cosmetics and before long I had three big trash bags filled with toxic products.
I also started reading green beauty blogs and I looked up everything I could about green beauty. I was surprised to see magazines like Real Simple and other “healthy” magazines talking about “green” products that were essentially filled with toxins. Eye opening!
Swapping out products and choosing a green beauty routine is very personal. What is right for me may not be the right choice for you.
When I decided to stay away from conventional hair care, no matter how enticing the marketing claims (especially for frizzy hair), that’s a line I drew and am not willing to cross. I avoid silicones, sodium lauryl sulfates, petroleum and mineral oil. I only use natural deodorant too.
Reading how the skin absorbs up to 60% of what is put on it made me really start paying attention to skincare. I use non-toxic, natural mostly organic skin care including oils, serums, creams and balms. I slather on creams, oils and balms on my body and you’d better believe its all naturally derived.
When it comes to makeup, I am a little more lenient. I like certain things from Josie Maran, Tarte, Bare Minerals, Buxom beauty, Pur Minerals, Korres, Burts Bees- these are on the green side of conventional beauty. They aren’t totally pure and clean but they are much better than a lot of what’s out there.
I admit to using my Too Faced eye palette quite often- I’m not fretting over a little eye shadow! But I do worry about synthetic fragrance which is why I am seeking essential oils and non toxic blends.
How green you want to go is a personal choice. I see so many amazing, clean products out there and it’s a complete no brainer for me. Why put toxins on your skin, hair and body when there are other options available that don’t cause cancer or mess with hormones?
However, worrying and stressing yourself out over every little thing is not healthy either. I like the phrase, “Do WHAT you can, WHEN you can.”
Make small changes and replace a few items with non toxic, green, clean skincare or makeup. Start reading labels and getting familiar with ingredients to avoid.
Consider the impact certain ingredients have on animals and the environment. Are you seeking out products that are vegan, cruelty free, organic and/or non GMO? What’s most important to you and your clean lifestyle?