We often talk about ‘green living’ and ‘green cleaning’ and because these are topics we feel so strongly about, we’re happy to talk about them literally all day! And while they’re common terms, their concepts are not always full understood. The same stands for green beauty. We’ve written about it before, but what does it really mean? And how can YOU follow the principles of green beauty too? Read on to find out…
What is ‘Green Beauty’?
It’s a very simple principle indeed. Green Beauty refers to the practise of using only natural, organic, plant derived cosmetics. Green beauty products do not need to be completely plant based, but they do need to contain organic ingredients. So the term ‘green beauty’ means nothing more than to use ‘green’ cosmetics and products to make yourself look and feel beautiful. Now, I bet lots of you are doing this already!
The Basics of Green Beauty
So there are a few principles that we follow when it comes to green beauty. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again. If you wouldn’t put it inside your body, then don’t put it on your body. Why? Because your skin, as the largest organ in the human body, is super absorbent. So if you’re applying creams and potions made up from nasty chemicals and goodness knows what else, those nasties are going to find their way into your body. And that’s the last thing you want! If you use green products, you know exactly what you’re getting, and you know the ingredients won’t harm your body.
A few more basics worth knowing:
Research your products carefully
Just because the label tells you that this new foaming cleanser is better for your skin, it doesn’t mean it’s really true! Artificial ingredients in your cosmetics can often cause long term damage to your skin, and do nothing more than line the pockets of those who throw false claims around. See beyond the marketing. If a product promises to perform miracles, it probably isn’t going to happen!
Read the labels
This is so, so important! You need to know what’s going inside your products because that is what is going to go inside your body. So read labels, and educate yourself on the ingredients that are being used.
Consider the packaging too
Green beauty is not just about what goes onto and inside your body. It’s about the wider picture too, and how your products are affecting the planet. While some ingredients used in cosmetics can be harmful to the environment when flushed down the drain, some products can be wrapped in fancy and unnecessary packaging too. The best green products are made using minimal ingredients, and with eco friendly packaging.
A few myths about green beauty
If you’re still not convinced, we hope these last points will help! Many people tell us that they have reservations about turning green when it comes to their beauty regime, and while they’re concerns are valid, we believe there is an answer to them all. So many myths exist that lead consumers to buy into the marketing and false promises of manufacturers. Well, let us tell you…
Green beauty is too expensive
Not necessarily! If you make your own cosmetics and beauty products you may pay out for ingredients but you aren’t paying for chemicals, packaging and advertising too. You can find plenty of reasonably priced green products n shops and online, and like anything prices can range from low to high. The question you need to ask yourself is whether or not it’s important enough to you to follow a green beauty regime.
It’s too difficult to find green beauty products
So not true! Google search and you’ll see what’s out there. And once you know your ingredients and what to look out for on labels, you might be pleasantly surprised!
Green products aren’t as effective as others
Again, definitely not true! Green products really do work! Chemicals are man made nasties that the human race survived without at one time, and we can do it again! These days we know so much more about natural ingredients and how they can benefit the body, it seems crazy to ignore that.
So what do you think? Will you be going green?