5 ways to go green in… beauty
What has really struck me is the ever-increasing choice that has become available in the realm of natural skincare and beauty products. Yay! I couldn’t be happier. It’s not only healthy eating that matters; in my opinion, what you put on the outside of your body is important too. Your skin absorbs substances from the products you use and good products are free of many of the substances that have the potential to cause harm. Your skin is the largest organ in your body, and, ultimately, what you lather up in ends up in your circulatory system. These days there is so much choice in the area of green beauty and there are an increasing number of (small) businesses that have taken on the challenge of making their own natural beauty products. I also make my own scrub and toothpaste from 100% natural ingredients. Many people argue that it’s just too expensive to buy green products, but I am convinced that these products pay for themselves many times over in terms of being kind to your own body and to nature. Below are a few of my favorite beauty brands and five tips to make your daily beauty ritual a bit ‘greener’.
Before I buy any beauty product, I always read the label. I focus on what the product contains and if it has been tested on animals. My tip is to buy products with as few (unnatural, chemical) ingredients as possible. It also can’t hurt to look further than the label. Visit the company’s website and read about the background of the brand.
If I were you, I would avoid a few specific ingredients that tend to be included in commercial beauty products. To me, the best products on the market are those that are free of parabens, chemicals and allergens. Even when a product claims to be hypoallergenic, it does not necessarily mean that it will work for you personally. When trying out a new beauty product, be patient and slowly but surely you’ll figure out which product works best for you, with your specific skin type. It’s also a good idea to avoid chemical perfumes.
Just like all other natural skincare products, natural make-up is also a little bit more expensive than the standard, drugstore brands. But if you compare it to the more expensive make-up brands, it’s not too bad. These days, many skincare and beauty stores carry organic make-up brands, but the best selection is found online. If you do shop online, be sure to read the labels of the products you are considering. I buy my favorite make-up from Skins in the Netherlands. And when I’m in New York, I always pay a visit to Wholefoods. They carry a big selection of natural beauty products.
I always look at packaging with a critical eye. Is it made of plastic or is it recycled, biodegradable and/or made of natural ingredients? Avoiding plastic packaging (when you do grocery shopping too!) means that you’ll avoid contributing to the huge plastic soup that has been created in our oceans. And that feels gooood!
5. My favorites
What are my favorite products? I get this question quite often. Over the years, I’ve tried out many different products from different brands and different countries and my favorites are: Esse, Dr Hauschka and Dr Alkaitis, my all-time favorite. Not only do these products smell great, they are not tested on animals (this is indicated by their ‘Vegan’ distinction), contain 100% organic ingredients and the companies work to preserve natural resources in the world.
There you have it! My beauty tips. Missing anything? Let me know in the comments. I’d love to hear about your ‘green’ beauty rituals.