Green Beauty 101. What’s in your skincare products? The good, the bad, the ugly…
Since green beauty is becoming more and more popular, even big brands are jumping into it, which is great, but overwhelming. From eco, to clean, to vegan to natural or organic, what are the differences between all of these concepts, or are they just synonyms? Find out all about it and much more in this article:
Green, eco, clean, organic, natural – what’s the difference?
Generally speaking, green beauty means skincare with only naturally derived ingredients. We usually see a combination of these words: organic, green and natural – meaning the products are made with plant-derivate ingredients;
Clean means the product hasn’t any harmful or “toxic” ingredients;
Eco means the product is cruelty-free, vegan and the packaging is biodegradable.
Sometimes the products with these words mean certified organic, gluten-free or free of parabens like sodium lauryl sulfate.
Should I switch to a green beauty regimen?
You might wonder if using chemicals on your skin is bad. To quote scientificamerican.com Chemical is not a bad word,…we are chemicals, our friends are chemicals, our babies are chemicals. So, depending on the chemical, it can actually be beneficial. On the other hand, certain ingredients can cause breakouts, allergies and other reactions that are not welcomed on the skin. There is a lot to learn from natural beauty, and it’s very important to know which ingredients are good and which of them are toxic.
The good Ingredients
Camellia Sinensis -Green Tea Extract
Daucus Carota Sativa – Carrot Seed
Ganoderma Lucidum – Reishi Mushroom Extract
L-Ascorbic Acid – Vitamin C
Punica Granatum – Pomegranate Seed Oil
Rosa Canina/ Rubiginosa – Rosehip Seed Oil
Rubus Idaeus – Raspberry Seed Oil
Ubiquinone – Coenzyme Q10
Vaccinium Macrocarpon -Cranberry Seed Oil
Aleurites Moluccana -Kukui Oil
Argania Spinosa – Argan Oil
Borago Officinalis – Borage Oil
Cocos Nucifera – Coconut Oil
Hippophae Rhamnoides – Sea Buckthorn Oil
Helianthus Annuus – Sunflower Seed Oil
Olea Europaea – Olive Oil
Persea Gratissima – Avocado Oil
Sodium Hyaluronate – Hyaluronic Acid
Rosa Damascena – Rose Oil
Ternifolia – Macadamia
Of course, there are many more good ingredients, but usually, look for Latin words when you are reading the labels. If an ingredient is plant-based, it’s typically written in Latin on the ingredient list. Those super-long ingredient names that you can’t pronounce, on the other hand, they’re chemicals.
Another important thing to remember is that ingredients on a label are listed from highest to lowest concentration. So, if a natural ingredient is listed at the end of the list, you can bet that there’s not actually a lot of it in the bottle or tube, and the longer the list, usually the worst is the product. Many ingredients are just in there to keep the product shelf stable or give it a certain feel. Emulsifiers help blend water and oils, Dimethicone gives a moisturizer or hair care product a nice texture or slip, and preservatives keep the ingredients on the shelf longer, but none of these do anything for your skin.
The Bad Ingredients
Triclosan (Restricted in: Canada & Japan)
Methylisothiazolinone (Restricted in: Canada & Japan)
Sodium laureth sulfate
Peg/polyethylene glycol- there are more than 900 different types of pegs with varying concerns
Where to start?
I know how difficult is to switch your entire routine, especially when you finally found something that you like. Also, with green beauty, we need to have patience as they don’t work instantly. It’s the same as if you ate a salad in the evening and expect to feel better in the morning. The thing about natural ingredients is it takes time to show off their magic.
If you want to introduce green beauty into your regime, I would recommend starting with your haircare products. They have a lot of fragrance in it, and it goes right into your water systems. Try the Aubrey Organics, Honeysuckle Rose Shampoo. It has really good ingredients and takes care of your hair.
Another important thing is the suncreen. Usually, such products contain a lot of Oxybenzone – the worst – but also look up for creams with zinc and titanium. Try Mineral SPF 40 Moisturizer from Mineral Fusion.
Another step you can take towards green beauty is switching your body oil. This goes all over your skin and a natural one will take care and nourish it. Try this pure 100% organic Argan oil from Iherb .
Finally, the best thing to take from green beauty is the quality of the ingredients. Next time you are shopping for a skincare product, take that extra time to read the label and make sure it doesn’t have any nasty stuff in there. Till next time stay green, stay brave and & confident! XO
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