Our bodies are constantly exposed to a wide range of chemicals due to the cosmetics that we use on our skin, and we often don't know what these chemicals are or what effect they can have on us. This is one of the reasons that people have started to look into using natural products which do not expose our bodies to such a lot of risk, this interest has in turn led to the rise of Green Beauty Industry. But what is Green Beauty?
Green beauty is all about looking and feeling great while at the same time reducing or totally removing the number of toxins we allow to get into our bodies through the beauty products that we use. There are a number of popular myths surrounding green beauty which may have discouraged you from starting your own journey in the past . You might believe for example that green products are too expensive or are not as effective as conventional brands, this is simply not true and is often a perception that is encouraged by the commercial brands who use large amounts of toxins in their products.
One of the motivations behind creating this guide is to give you the tools to educate yourself on the subject of Green Beauty and by using the resources below and you can then make your own decision about how much you can detoxify your beauty routine. From decoding green beauty terms to how to make your own green deodorant, this guide has everything that you need to get on the road to green beauty.
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9. Green Makeup
Understanding Green Beauty
The first steps on the road to going green can often be more about what to avoid than what to use. The amount of products out there means that nobody has time to check the ingredients of every product they are thinking about using. That's why we've started with some basic introductions on which products, brand and ingredients to avoid. Going green can seem overwhelming, there is such a lot of information out there and there are also a wide range of terms and symbols that you might not be familiar with straight away. Don’t let these initial barriers stand in your way or discourage you. The resources below will help you get started and should get you thinking.
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How to Go Non Toxic With Your Haircare
Is there a more important part of our body than our hair? I say not, what we put onto and into our hair is a key part of how our hair looks and feels. If you want rich, healthy and gorgeous hair using natural products is one of the best ways to help you achieve this. Also the scalp is the most absorbent part of our body. Every week we shampoo, condition and style our hair and our scalp soaks in a multitude of chemicals the majority of which we have no idea what they are. This chapter includes an introduction to green hair care and a fantastic collection of DIY recipes which are quick, inexpensive and can easily replace your current hair care products.
Green is the new black.
DIY Hair Mousse for Glossy, Healthy Curls
Green Baby Care Made Easy
Babies are more susceptible than most of us to the pollutants that are in the air and even come from the products that we use. While their immune system is developing and they are growing it is important that we limit as much as we can their exposure to many fragrances, detergents, preservatives and dyes which are often not safe for their health. Most conventional high street products are typically marketed as being delicate and suitable for babies but as more research is conducted on these products it is emerging that they often use chemicals that are cheap to produce but not deigned with your babies health in mind. With that in mind it is more important than ever to make sure that the products you use on and around your baby are safe and healthy. Here are some great resources to help you raise a green baby.
Can I eat these clothes?
How to Green Your Sunscreen
You can’t avoid the sun. With the increased cases of skin cancer linked to sun exposure, it is essential to practice good sun exposure habits. Limit your time in the sun and cover up with hats, t-shirts and sunglasses whenever possible. If you are going to get into the sun and work on that tan you will of course need an effective sunscreen, this is another opportunity to make sure that what you are putting onto your skin is not going to expose it to any chemical nasties. In recent times there has been a lot of debate surrounding the efficiency of natural sunscreen products. Here are a few resources to help you decide which approach best suits you and your family.
When's my summer holiday?
Get Glowing Skin with Green Facial Treatments
Exfoliation is an important step in your skincare routine. After removing dead skin cells, your moisturiser will absorb better and reveal cleaner, healthier looking skin. Rather than shelling out large amounts of money on the top of the range exfoliators you can recreate most expensive facial treatments yourself, at home with just a handful of green ingredients. Check out the resources below and pamper yourself without the chemicals.
What do you mean it was an avocado sandwich?
Softer, Smoother Skin with Green Moisturisers
Sometimes it feels as though our moisturisers might be the most important part of our skin care routines. We all want to have softer, blemish free skin as well as being able to keep the signs of ageing at bay and there are a wide range of products and DIY techniques which can help us to achieve that goal. In this chapter, you will learn how to find the right facial moisturiser for you and your skin type, we also introduce some award winning brands for you to try and some homemade formulations so that you can get your hands dirty.
Mirror, mirror on the wall
Discover Green Cleansing
Cleansing is the important first step in any skin care routine. By adopting green cleansing, you can get rid of the daily grime and makeup residue without exposing your face and skin to the harsh chemicals in conventional cleansers. In this chapter you will learn new methods for cleaning your face which are suitable for all skin types. You will also learn three or four simple ingredient recipes for making your own facial cleansers.
Not sure whether to drink it, eat it or rub it on my face
DIY Green Beauty Fundamentals
Want to dabble in 'do it yourself' beauty products? When you make your own cosmetics, you don’t have to worry about what ingredients the products contain, you know exactly what you’ve used and can adjust the recipe based on the results and more importantly what works best for you and what your skin needs. It can also help to keep your costs down and save you a lot in the long run. Here are some resources to get you started.
I think I might have got my measurements wrong.
Try a Green Makeup Routine
There are number of makeup products the average woman applies to her face every day - foundation, concealer, lipstick, mascara, eyeliner - and all contain potentially harmful ingredients. In this chapter, we expose the toxins found in commercial cosmetics, help you to understand what this means for your skin and most importantly help you find products to create a healthier, green makeup routine.
How difficult can this be?
Detoxify Your Body Care Products
The skin is the largest organ in the body and absorbs more than 60% of what we apply to it. Shower gel, body lotion and deodorant are all integral parts of our beauty routine but we often focus on our face instead of our entire body. In this chapter, we will look at some of the products outside of your facial care regime and you will learn about products for all parts of your beauty routine; from toothpaste to fragrance and nail polish and everything in between.
Bring back the natural you
Basics of Natural Tooth Care
Green Hair Removal
Green Hand and Foot treatments
Green Nail Polish
We hope that you enjoyed our guide and it has got you started with some of the ways that you can introduce yourself and your routine to the world of green beauty. We'd love to hear any feedback from you on how this guide helped you or what your journey into green beauty has involved also any suggestions of great resources that you think should be included in this guide are always welcome. You can find out more about our range of handmade soaps on our homepage, to keep up with the latest beauty news and tips don't forget to stop by our Beauty Blog.