One of my favorite green books is “Gorgeously Green” by Sophie Uliano. We have a similar outlook that there is no reason you can’t be gorgeous and eco-friendly, although she is definitely better than I am on execution … Here’s the line from her book that stopped me in my tracks:
… the average woman’s morning routine puts her in contact with a hundred chemicals before breakfast!
After reading that I thought, “I spend all this time working out to look right, and spending extra on organic food, and I’m just dumping chemicals on my body anyway?” I had just, the night before, bought some lipgloss from my favorite haute couture store and still had the box. I read the label and sadly threw it in the trash. And so began my trial and error.
Trial and Error
I live close to a Whole Foods and most of my trial and error happens there. Luckily if you hate something they’ll take it back, so keep your receipts and be prepared to use them. Over the next few months, I slowly replaced all my makeup with mineral makeup, as well as my shampoo, conditioner, and other hair products. Then I tried about six different mascaras before I found one in Sephora that didn’t smudge (Korres, it’s great!).
I also have a friend who owns a med spa and she uses Hylunia products which are organic and amazingly effective. Pricey sure, but OMG are they worth it; my skin has never looked better. Plus I save a ton of money on makeup now since I buy it from the grocery store, lol.
I know I write a fitness blog, but my tag line is “Everything for a Healthy Body” and I wanted to let you know that makeup can actually affect your health. According to the Environmental Working Group …
Only 11% of 10,500 ingredients in beauty products have been tested for safety. One in thirteen women are exposed every day to ingredients through their beauty routines that are known or probably carcinogens.
So I hope this makes you think about your beauty routine a little a bit. Or maybe you’ve already been working on it. I did a happy dance when I finally found a shampoo that didn’t dry out my fine hair and I absolutely covet my concealer. It works better than the chemical-laden one I used before. What eco-friendly beauty tips do you use to stay gorgeous?
Oh, and I have to throw this in … you really need to ditch the dryer sheets.