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Clean Green Beauty Routine
Do you care about your skin and the environment? If so, you can combine your passions with a clean green beauty routine. Let us walk you through the process, from considering which products to buy to getting the most out of them and what to do with the remaining packaging.
What is clean beauty?
Clean beauty is free from harmful chemicals. These products are made using either naturally sourced ingredients or synthetic ones that have undergone rigorous testing and are safe for both human health and the environment. Did you know that many beauty products that are worn every day in the U.S., such as foundation, mascara, shampoo and face wash, contain toxic ingredients including carcinogens, irritants, and even endocrine disruptors?
What is green beauty?
This hot new buzzword refers to beauty products that are ethically and sustainably created. To be a truly green beauty product, it must live up to high standards of ethics and sustainability in terms of sourcing, production and packaging. In addition to being eco-friendly, the farmers who produce the raw ingredients, such as shea butter, aloe or coconut, should be fairly paid and have safe working conditions.
Clean products are free from harsh sulphates and synthetic fragrances. Instead, they use the awesome power of natural ingredients from around the world, such as rose water, aloe vera and argan oil, which have been used in beauty products for centuries. Consider scrubs like Sea Minerals Mud From The Dead Sea, which uses enriching natural ingredients instead of those containing synthetic microbeads that will make their way into our oceans and damage their delicate ecosystems.
Say no to waste
Make a no-waste lifestyle part of your clean green beauty routine. To be a truly ethical consumer, you should do your best to get your full use out of everything you purchase. One simple way to get onboard is to use a cotton bud to scoop out every single drop of serum, drizzle of cleanser, or scrap of moisturizer at the bottom of the pot.
Say yes to sustainability
Beauty is a huge industry, with the global market valued at $511 billion in 2021 alone. Put your money where your mouth is and choose sustainable products that do not harm our Earth during the manufacturing process. To prevent waste, Sappo Hill Oatmeal Soap is manufactured in small batches and crafted using sustainably harvested palm and coconut oils.
Reduce, reuse, recycle
Known as the three Rs, this mantra is integral to any clean green beauty routine. Thoughtful shopping is the key to reducing waste. Consider what size product you want to buy. Would one large pot be a better choice than multiple small ones?
Then, consider whether the packaging is reusable. For those with young children, empty, cleaned-out pots and bottles can be used in arts and crafts projects or imaginative play.
Before you buy a product, it is always a great idea to check whether it is recyclable. Some shops will have incentives for recycling, rewarding you with a free product if you bring back a certain number of clean, empty pots ready to recycle.
Products that match your values
Are you vegan? Is it important to you that your makeup and skincare products aren’t tested on animals? To find out if the beauty product you’ve got your eye on matches your values, simply check the packaging for certification from a trusted organization such as PETA or Made Safe. Brands that have gone the extra mile to provide sustainable products are usually proud of their status and will advertise the details.
What’s in my cream?
Generally speaking, clean products contain easily recognizable ingredients based in nature such as essential oils, flower and plant extracts, and nut oils. To help you check if a product contains clean ingredients, use the International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients to help you.
If you’re new to seeking clean green products, all the terms can feel overwhelming. Here’s a breakdown of ingredients that are best avoided. Two key ingredients to avoid are sulfates and parabens. These ingredients are moisture-strippers and preservatives. Sulfates are often lurking in shampoos because they create lovely bubbles. However, they are not gentle ingredients, and if your hair is brittle or heat-damaged, it can make existing issues worse. Consider alternatives to synthetic dyes and fragrances, such as solid wax-based perfumes and henna. Many deodorants contain aluminum salts, which can irritate the skin.