Green beauty buys are becoming more and more mainstream – for good reason! I’ve seen a lot of articles profiling eco-beauty buys lately, and I love the exposure that they’re getting, as well as the focus on reducing toxic chemicals for health and environmental purposes.
The natural beauty market is growing with leaps and bounds, but for newbies to going green, it can be hard to navigate the various (and hard to pronounce) ingredients, new formulas and product lines, and how and where to shop for them.
I’ve spent the past few years slowly switching the products that I use – in my kitchen, bathroom, make-up bag, etc. – over to products with safer ingredients, and have gathered a lot of tips along the way.
Over the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing my tips, tricks, favorite products and more in this 3-part series: (1) 8 Tips to Make the Switch to Eco-Friendly Beauty Products; (2) My Favorite Eco-Beauty Products (What’s in My Make-Up Bag); and (3) My Favorite Non-Toxic Hair and Body Products.
When I got sick and first realized the importance of reducing the toxic burden on my body, I was shocked at how harsh the products are that we use in and around our bodies every day! How could I expect to heal or get my glow back if I was slathering myself in, breathing in, or eating toxic chemicals? So, I started to do my research. I also found that my super sensitive skin cleared up, and I felt better all around after making the switch to eco-friendly products.
Thousands of ingredients are still being evaluated for toxicity, especially on the long-term use of them on our health, but I’d rather be safe than sorry and look for safer alternatives. Here are some of the things I’ve learned that makes it easy peasy to switch over to eco-beauty products!
- Environmental Working Group – Their Skin Deep Cosmetics Database allows you to search products and rates the items on toxicity. I try to stick to products that scored a 0 – 3.
- Think Dirty – It’s an app that features hundreds of thousands of beauty products, which you can search for by name or by scanning the product bar code. The app gives you info on the product, the ingredients, and advises cleaner options when appropriate.
- Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and Healthy Child Healthy World are two of my favorite education and advocacy groups.