Making the switch to a world of greener beauty option is becoming an increasingly popular option, due to those wanting products that aren't packed with nasty chemicals. We are all growing more aware of what we put into and onto our bodies - and with the long-term effects of many popularly used chemicals being unknown, investing in natural options seems to be a popular alternative.
Even though cosmetics are used daily, they are actually one of the least regulated consumer areas. More than 1 in 5 contain chemicals which have been linked to cancer. What goes onto our skin also enters our bodies, meaning the skincare and makeup you use can have a significant impact on your looks and your health. So it's little wonder many are now turning to more natural alternatives.
Choosing natural alternatives has also become easier, with more and more brands creating lines of planet and skin-friendly products. But if you’re a busy mum whose daily skincare routine needs to fit in between feeding the baby or getting the toddler dressed, is it that easy to make the switch?
Start With One Item
The secret to integrating natural beauty options into your life is to do it gradually. As with most change, if you try to alter everything at the same time, it can be overwhelming to make so many choices at once - not to mention rather expensive! Instead, focus on one thing at a time, such as replacing your day cream with an organic alternative - Neal’s Yard and Tata Harper are great for this. Or you could choose to switch up your nail polish - it's rammed with chemicals, and our nails are very porous. Luckily there are now some formulas on the market which eliminate the five most common toxins and still give a great finish- known as 5 free nail polish.
Simplify Your Routine
Look at making the switch to greener beauty as a chance to streamline your routine- and still get amazing results. Do you really need all the products crammed onto your bathroom shelf? If you think about it, separate creams for face, body, hands, feet is a little wasteful. Focus on the basics - a great face and body moisturiser, sunscreen, a face and body wash and shampoo. The fewer ingredients in each, the better. Find a multi-tasker, like coconut oil, which has so many uses - as a face cream, makeup remover, hair conditioner, teeth whitener and more. That means it will also save you money as well as your health.
Collect Some Samples
Before you invest in a full-size product, why not see if you can try a sample first? What works for your skincare will be personal, so it's best to try before you buy. If you know the product suits you, you are less likely to go running back to an old toxic favourite. Even if you go to a counter to try some out, it's worth taking the time to make sure you have the right options for you.
Read The Label First
There’s a lot of ‘greenwashing’ out there- brands jumping on a claim to be organic and not meeting the full requirement. The only way to be sure is by checking labels in detail. Looking for official accreditations, such as The Soil Association logo, or the USDA Organic Seal is one way to ensure that a product will live up to its claims. Be aware that just because a product states words such as ‘natural’, ‘botanical’ or ‘pure’ doesn't necessarily mean it's free from nasty chemicals.
Accept The Detox
Sometimes, especially with skincare, you may find that you get a reaction when you make the switch. Don’t panic! Try using the product only once a day, then every second day and gradually substituting until you are only using your chemical-free alternative.
Which "green" products do you like to use?