You put on body lotion after your shower and facial moisturizer before you go to bed. You use whitening strips for that knock-out smile when you have an important presentation the next day. This is pretty much the daily routine of more and more Americans these days. These beauty products that contain chemicals and we are using them on our body.
And the whole time we’re using them, many of us are talking about saving the planet and green living by conserving energy, water and all of nature’s resources. In 2005 a study by the Environmental Working Group released a report that indicated on the average, women used 168 chemicals each day in their beauty routine and men used as many as 85. That is definitely not green living but it may make you turn green thinking about it.
We have done some research and have found some all natural products you can use for your green living beauty routine that work just as well. Not only will you save you skin from the chemicals, but you’ll be saving money too!
For those with allergy issues, the best all-natural beauty product for a facial moisturizer is grapeseed oil. In fact, grapeseed oil is great for most skins types, especially those whose skin is acne-prone. It is also the good to slow down that aging appearance because of the antioxidants in it. It is a green living, non-comedogenic and doesn’t clog your pores and it puts those wrinkles at bay so that you have that younger looking beauty longer. It only takes 3 to 4 drops each application and can be applied with your fingers. Those who have been using grapeseed oil praise it for removing eye makeup too!
If you want that shiny, sleek hair, argan oil will do the trick in a green living manner. You’ll see this on the ingredient label of the hair serums on the shelves. But those serums also include chemicals & fillers too. Argan oil is best when used in pure form of just 2 or 3 drops on the ends of your hair.
For hair that is damaged, you can create a hair mask using argan oil by heating the oil then apply to your hair and scalp. Then wrap your head in a towel and let it sit for several hours then shampoo and conditioning as normal.
Argan oil is good for a beauty moisturizer and will nourish & strengthen your nails too.
Apple Cider Vinegar
For a great green living beauty product that will rid the redness on your face, exfoliate and tone your skin as well as treat your acne, apple cider vinegar is the product to keep around. ACV has been declared to be a wonder product with all the good and great things it can do. It contains lactic acid, malic acid, and antibacterial properties that will return the normal pH balance to you skin. This is an all-natural beauty product that nobody should be without. You simply mix 2 tablespoons of ACV and 1 cup of water then using a cotton pad to apply to your face. It can be kept for one week in the frig. Always buy “the mother” ACV that is unpasteurized.