Our beauty is important to us and why wouldn’t it be? All of us want to look our best at all times. However, most makeup and beauty products today are made of questionable ingredients that could possibly harm your skin, organism as they are absorbed into your bloodstream, and let’s face it – these ingredients are quite harmful for the environment as well.
If you’re a person who cares for the environment, then you will be glad to know there are various ways you can make your beauty routine green and safe. This article will list 7 of them. Keep reading to find out.
- Baking soda
Baking soda is highly versatile and can be used for many different purposes around your home, not just in kitchen. But, did you know you can use baking soda in your beauty routine? Baking soda offers the following skin health benefits:
- Fights acne and pimples
- It brightens yellow teeth (not skin health, but equally important)
- Fights sunburns
- Relieves uneven skin complexion
- Treats stained or yellow nails
- Treats greasy hair
- Removes dandruff
- Heals itchiness and skin rashes.
You can exfoliate your skin with baking soda for a deep cleanse that doesn’t cause irritations. All you have to do is to make a paste with 1 tbsp of baking soda and a few drops of water. You can also add Vitamin E pill or a few drops of your favorite essential oil but that’s optional. Then, apply the mask on damp face in circular motions and rinse after 2 to 3 minutes.
- Coconut oil
It is considered as one of the healthiest oils in the world and for a good reason. Besides nutritional benefits, there are many benefits of coconut oil for your skin and beauty. Instead of using moisturizers that contain unsafe and questionable ingredients, you can use coconut oil and get incredibly smooth skin.
Coconut oil helps strengthen skin’s tissues more deeply than moisturizers and eliminates dead skin cells while absorbing quickly into your skin. Instead of regular hair masks, you can also opt for a more natural option and use coconut oil instead, just rinse it off after 5 to 10 minutes (depending on the amount you use) and your hair will be shiny and smooth.
- Essential oils
Who doesn’t like to smell divine? We all do. But, perfumes can trigger allergic reactions in some people and cause irritations, redness and rash. It’s needless to mention how expensive they are. Luckily, you can opt for a healthier, safer and more natural option that is also cheap as well. You can just buy various essential oils and use a dab of diluted oil on your pulse points.
- Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil comes from the Australian paperbark tree and has been used in traditional medical practices of aborigines. WebMD states that tea tree oil treats acne, blemishes, boils, conjunctivitis, impetigo, dandruff, psoriasis etc.
If you get acne and blemishes, you can add a drop of tea tree oil to a witch hazel-soaked cotton pad and dab it into the affected area. Do this until breakouts are completely gone for acne free skin.
Vinegar can be used for different beauty purposes. For instance, it relieves dandruffs, speeds up wound healing, is beneficial for sunburns, can be used as facial toner and it has potential to soothe your skin.
For silky and smooth hair, you can use a tablespoon of vinegar when you’re rinsing. It will cut through any residue and make your hair incredibly soft.
- Sugar and olive oil
Although sugar is bad for your waistline, it’s extremely beneficial for your skin. It’s a powerful body scrub. Mix equal amounts of olive oil and sugar and get smooth and nourished skin. Sugar scrubs are also beneficial for your face as well, just make sure you use smaller sugar granules.
- Witch hazel
With hazel can help with acne, bruises, skin sores, oily skin, redness, swelling, ingrown hairs etc. It keeps your skin clear and radiant. You can use it on your face, neck, and cleavage the same way you would use toners.
Making beauty green:
- Drink using straws – you won’t need to touch-up frequently, lipstick will last longer (less waste)
- Buy 2in1 products – again, less cost, less waste and one product gets to fulfill different purposes
- Use makeup brushes made of sustainable materials
- Recycle – for example, for every 6 empty MAC lipstick containers you return, you get a free lipstick.
There are plenty of ways you can make your beauty routine safer and budget-friendly. This article showed you 7 ways and included ingredients that are extremely beneficial for your skin and hair and thereby safer than store-bought products.
Ella James is an aspiring author who is pursuing Health Services Administration degree from St. Petersburg College. She is an active contributor to Consumer Health Digest, which is a leading Health News. In recent years, she had the opportunity to review eyelash enhancers. Get connected with her on Facebook and Twitter.