A lot of green beauty activists might stuff me into a Venus fly trap for saying this — but going green with your beauty routine is anything but easy if you’ve grown up using mostly non-natural based products easily found in your local drugstore. Even with lots of great resources out there to help kick-start your eco beauty plans, the whole idea can still be daunting. Where do you start? How do you start? Below, I share with you some tips that have personally helped me in slowly weeding out the “dirty bits” from my own beauty routine.
Go back to the very basics, to your post vanity virgin phase where you knew and cared nuts about beauty. Start with a very simple wash-tone-moisturize-protect routine. Do away with complicated serums and day vs night creams. Start simple and work your way up as you become more comfortable with naturally formulated products.
If you follow Tip#1, your life won’t be so hard since you won’t have to analyze too many products right away. This is probably the most boring part of cleaning up your beauty routine. But don’t worry, you’ll get used to it (although I can’t promise it won’t remain boring!). Some common ingredients to avoid are sulfates, propylene glycol, artificial colors, triethanolamine, mineral oils, EDTA, PABA and parabens. As a start, you can check out Skin Deep to learn more about what’s in your beauty products.
If it’s not working for you, do you think it’ll work for somebody else you know? Why not give it away? If you can’t think of anybody to give it to, find alternative uses for the product and improvise. Lip balms that don’t feel “comfortable” on your lips can be used to moisturize your cuticles or the dry areas between your toes. Unwanted shampoos can be used to clean makeup brushes. Also, think of ways on how you can re-use and recycle the packaging of your emptied products.
I know this is quite contrary to Tip #3, to the whole point of going green and not wasting resources. But chances are, if you’ve been keeping products in your closet for the longest time, you’ll never get to use them. Even the packaging will get so worn out after a while that you’ll probably feel too disgusted to re-use them. Get rid of the clutter so you’ll have a fresh perspective as you transition to more natural beauty products and routine.
There are lots of recipes out there to try and even though they might not work as fast as commercially prepared products, they are fun and great in getting you into the green groove. Once you discover the simple and natural ingredients in your kitchen that work for you, you’ll be excited to explore what else is out there. For a start, you can try this simple Lemon Peel facial steam recipe.
If being an Eco Beauty is something new to you, take advantage of the available resources on how to be beautiful naturally out there (and right here!). Read green beauty blogs, magazines and books but, most importantly, don’t be too hard on yourself. Going green is not just about following a fad and devouring whatever the media (even bloggers like me) tell you about what going green should be. It’s a beautiful learning process. Take your time. Remember, you’ve always had that natural beauty in you and that’s already a good start!