Back in the day, I used to have the Sephora super-duper, double-platinum, wrapped-in-diamonds membership level. You know, the one where you spend oodles of money each month to cash in on all the extra goodies? Little did I know that what I was using for my beauty routine was pretty toxic.
Since my autoimmune flare three years ago, I’ve worked to change my lifestyle. Once I changed my diet, I started to look at what I was putting ON my skin. When all was said and done, my skincare shopping habits changed significantly.
Have you been thinking about going green with your beauty routine? It’s a daunting task, I know! Over the next few months, I’m going to dive into Going Green: Skincare, Make-Up, and Household. It always helps to have a starting point.
First up: Skincare. I’m a huge skincare junkie (thus the previous outrageous Sephora membership). I just love skincare!
When I started researching how to heal my body, I made some startling discoveries. A lot of what I was using had really harmful ingredients! There is little to no government regulation in the beauty industry, and that’s a frightening thought. Most cosmetics and skincare products contain endocrine disrupters, which can affect hormonal balance and fertility. Others contain ingredients with clear links to cancer! Um, no thank you!
So you’ve decided to go green, but don’t know where to start? Here are some tips when going green with your skincare:
- RESEARCH. You need to decide what works for YOU. I’m pretty green in my routine; however, I do use products with a few ingredients that Die-Hard Greeners would argue against. I weighed the pros and cons and decided which ingredients were for sure no-no’s for me. Even if you only change over one product, that’s a step in the right direction!
- Start small. Don’t try to change everything over all at once, as that can be incredibly overwhelming and expensive. Pick a few products and add on from there. My recommendation would be to start with cleanser, serum, and moisturizer. Those are the main skincare items that touch your face first!
- “Natural” doesn’t always mean that it is truly natural. Green Washing is a real thing. Look at some of the products that claim to be green; they certainly are not! We’ll see “All Natural!” Or “Paraben-free!” but when you look at the ingredients – it’s full of chemicals.
- Which leads me to: READ THE INGREDIENTS. Get yourself educated on harmful ingredients and decide what you want to eliminate. You’ll be shocked at how many not-so-good ingredients are in our skincare products. Don’t let the marketing fool you. Just like with food labels, you need to read product labels, too.
- Use Helpful Apps. Apps like ThinkDirty are a great way to start checking ingredients. With this app, you can scan the barcode of the product, and it will give you a rating of all the ingredients. It’s eye-opening! A warning: this app is a great jumping-off point, but they also rate Tide pods as being clean (which they aren’t). So be careful.
- Look to the experts. There is one expert I trust for all things clean beauty: The Organic Bunny. She has an online shop, a blog, and her Instagram account is so full of fantastic information. She is incredibly passionate about green beauty and really breaks down what is safe, what is not, and WHY it’s not. I’ve learned and discovered a lot of products from her. Plus, she’s a female small business owner, and I love to support that.
- Where to shop. There are quite a few websites that now house green beauty items. Online shopping can be troublesome, but most of these sites have a nice return policy: The Organic Bunny, Safe and Chic, Credo, and Lark STL.
To get you rolling – here are few of my tried and true holy grails:
- Fitglow Beauty Vita Active Cleanser
- Fitglow Beauty Age Clear Detox Cleanser
- Maya Chia The Great Cleanse
- Lark Skin Co. Lime and Aloe – local to STL and female-owned
- Fitglow Beauty Sea Toning Mist
- Josh Rosebrook Hydrating Accelerator
- BeautyCounter Countertime Tripeptide Radiance Serum NOTE: I am NOT a BC consultant. I just like some of the products! There are plenty of great STL Mamas that sell BC.
- Fitglow Beauty Age Serum Pads
- Fitglow Beauty Age Clear lotion – not really a “lotion” as it’s not moisturizing enough, but it’s a great treatment
- BeautyCounter Overnight Resurfacing Peel – not really a peel, but it’s a wonderful nighttime treatment.
- BeautyCounter Countertime Antioxidant Soft Cream
- BeautyCounter Countermatch Adaptive Moisture Lotion
- Fitglow Beauty Vita Active
- Lark Skin Co Rose Hip & Citrus Oil – or customize your own!
- BeautyCounter Countertime Ultra Renewal Eye Cream – I’ve tried a lot of eye creams, and this one is my absolute favorite!
- Kypris Forest Clay Detox Mask – pricey, I know, BUT a little goes a long way.
- Josh Rosebrook Active Enzyme Exfoliator – my favorite! You must exfoliate at least twice a week.
- BeautyCounter Counter+ Charcoal Facial Mask
- Lark Skin Co Rose & Glycolic Brightening Mask – a quick mask where I see immediate results.