How to adapt an organic/green beauty routine?
Simplify your routine, your organic beauty routine doesn't have to break your bank. Leverage what you have in the kitchen.
Do you know your kitchen is your 2nd beauty vanity? Your skin is your largest organ, why not feed it with the ingredients that you would treat your stomach and body with?
Coconut oil – is known for its moisturizing and anti-inflammatory properties.
Avocado oil – packed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents that will hydrate and calm the skin.
Olive oil – contains squalene, which is a super hydrating ingredient.
Grapeseed oil – contains powerful antioxidants including proanthocyanin. It is known to even out the skin tone and improves skin from sun damage.
You can easily find these ingredients in your local groceries with an organic version. It will be much more affordable than your toxic skincare products, and the best part, they are certified organic.
Oil is a natural emollient, which keeps your skin hydrated. They exist everywhere in your store-purchased product, like moisturizer, cream, makeup remover and more.
Use oil to replace your daily serum or moisturizer, lip serum, and makeup remover. It will save you so much money and time. I always love to put oil on my face and body, it immediately hydrates and firms your skin. I also like to remove makeup with oil or makeup removing cloth. It's so much more ecofriendly and effective. It's also guaranteed not to irritate your eyes.
Replace your toner with natural rose water or make your face mist with real flowers. It's not as difficult as you thought. Face toner has 90%+ water content anyways. You can make it your own or just purchase organic rose water to replace the toner which might come with a bunch of synthetic chemicals you don't want.
The list can go on and on. These are just two quick examples of how you can leverage your kitchen item to use them for your organic beauty routine.
For the product, you need to purchase, arm yourself with knowledge - read the label
Read the label
The best way to judge if the product meets your 'green' criteria is to read the label yourself. Cosmetics has active ingredients and inactive ingredients. Sunscreen, for example, will have 'active ingredient' e.g. titanium oxide, or another chemical sunblock ingredient. Inactive ingredients are the ingredients claimed to be not active and weren't expected to deliver significant results. Most of the cosmetic contains are inactive ingredients.
When you read the ingredient label, the ingredients are in descending order in terms of concentration. Towards the very end of the list, you'll find ingredients like preservatives or fragrances because those tend to be in less than 1%.
When you read ingredients if there are a lot of things you can't identify, it might be a sign of there are lots of synthetics. And you can use a source like EWG or Truth in Aging to see its rating and decide if it's a safe option for you.
The packaging is another indicator of if the company cares about the environment. Most of the dedicated green beauty company will look for environmentally friendly packaging options to minimize the impact on the environment.
This is another thing to look for. What does the company care about? Do they care about what you care about? Or if they only care about sales and revenue. It's not difficult to figure it out by scanning through their website to find out what do they care about besides selling a product. Mission-driven companies tend to be more committed in this green beauty movement. Those are the companies are determined and will make a difference.
Other claims to look for are if they are vegan, cruelty-free, fair trade,