So it goes without saying that you should be using organic period products. Conventional period care is filled with pesticides, herbicides, bleach, fragrance…ugh…the list goes on and on. We just don’t want toxins and chemicals in one of the most absorbent parts of our body. Period. But what about the products we use every day? Skin is the largest organ in our body and it absorbs about 65% of whatever we put on it. Definitely a big reason for us to green up our routine. If you’re ready to take that long-awaited inventory of all the scary beauty products you’ve been slathering across your face and body, don’t panic! Here are some entry-level ways to green your routine without losing your mind.
Replace one or two products at a time.
Prioritize the items that stay on your body the longest. Think lotions and deodorant. Lotions and creams can be loaded with things like parabens, synthetic colors, fragrance, and tons of other disease causing chemicals. We love facial and body products from natural brands like Acure, Primally Pure, and Drunk Elephant. If you swap everything at once, it will not only be expensive, but your skin may have a reaction. Slow and steady wins the race on your conversion to an all green beauty routine.
You probably wear deodorant all day, every day right? Well conventional deodorant states aluminum as one of it’s first ingredients. Aluminum is the main ingredient in antiperspirant that curbs sweating. However, it does so by clogging your pores. Aluminum exposure can also disrupt your system and put you at higher risk for certain types of cancer. Suddenly a little sweat doesn’t seem so bad!
Become a Label Maven.
Know what you’re looking for when it comes to ingredients. It will make your shopping trip so much easier. Women’s Voices for the Earth has a comprehensive list of what ingredients to avoid when it comes to beauty products to help you green your beauty routine easier. Check out their website for the Black List. The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics is also a great resource.
Once your new green product is done, make sure that you’re recycling the packaging. Any plastic marked 1 or 2 on the bottom can go right into your recycle bin, which means it’s not only easier on your skin, but also on Mother Earth. Also be sure to support companies that make it a point to use recycled, recyclable, or biodegradable packaging.
Everyone knows that coconut oil is basically the cure to all life’s ailments, but this is by far the easiest substitute you can make on an effort to green your beauty routine. Coconut oil can be used as an all-over moisturizer, a substitute for eye cream, for oil pulling, a hair mask, cuticle cream…and even LUBE! (Yes we learned that from a porn star on a Vice documentary, but it’s true!). Not only is it multifunctional, it has a ton of benefits that basically improves your quality of life by lightyears.
What’s your favorite green beauty product? We’d love to hear from you!