If you’re concerned about the chemicals in your food or your cleaning products, you should also turn your focus onto your skincare routine. Since the skin is the largest organ your body has, what you put on it truly matters. But don’t just reach for the first product you see that says “natural” on the label.
Here’s what to look for to get into a green skincare routine!
Know What “Natural” And “Organic” Mean
“Natural” is most often a marketing ploy used to evoke your emotions. It’s a “feel” word. For a product to be organic, it must follow stringent requirements by the FDA. Read the labels and you’ll find all the enlightening information you need to make a proper decision.
Put It Back If It Has Nasty Ingredients
Synthetic preservatives like paraben and PEGs for example are in many products out there, even the ones that you see labeled with “plant based” or “all natural” on the label. PEG is of particular concern because it ruins your skin’s natural moisture barrier. Does PEG sound familiar? Go take a look where you keep your cleaning products and find your oven cleaner. Now, read the ingredients and you’ll find PEG! Yikes!
Choose Cruelty Free
Again, keep reading those labels and look for “cruelty free.” This is another green choice to make, one that ensures you’re choosing products that were created without harming animals.
Beware Of Fragrance
Fragrance sounds nice, but it’s an umbrella term that protects companies that don’t’ want to list the entirety of their ingredients. Fragrances can cause allergies, respiratory distress, and are dangerous for the reproductive system. Instead, choose products that use essential oil-based blends to add a beautiful scent.
Investigate Brand Values
Your money speaks for you. When you choose to spend it on products from smaller companies that aim to make a green impact in the world and make it a better place, you’re sending a powerful message. That being said, take a look at the brand values of the smaller companies you’re supporting. Green companies tend to be transparent, making it easy for you to learn where every ingredient comes from.
Another way to check things out and know for certain is to check out the Environmental Working Group (EWG). They have a guide for skincare and cosmetics, as well as an incredibly-detailed list of individual ingredients.
Look on your bathroom counter, in your shower, and in your makeup drawer. Read the ingredients on those products. Are they safe? Do you even know? The damage these products can do is astounding. Start going green going forward to take care of your health today!
Jennifer Raskin is a freelance writer, wife and mom that loves cold weather despite her location in Florida, cooking, reading, watching ‘80s movies, weight-lifting, and wine tasting.