I vividly remember when I discovered the world of Green Beauty. It was amazing and exciting and honestly, overwhelming. I don’t want you to feel overwhelmed so I wanted to share my top 5 tips to making Green Beauty work for you.
Do Your [Own] Research
There is a lot of information out there and a lot of people saying different things. Don’t feel bad about questioning what you hear. It’s your health, your body, and your skin. Find out what ingredients you want to avoid and why.
Take It Slow
Don’t feel like you need to replace all of your items all at once. You are your own curator here, so go at the speed that makes you happy. In fact, I advise against it! When you add a new product into your routine, whether it is face wash, body lotion or hair conditioner, you want to be able to see if you have any adverse reactions. Take it slow, add one product at a time, see how your body reacts and enjoy the process! At the end, you’ll feel proud to have curated a routine that’s just right for you.
Don’t Beat Yourself Up
If you have products that really work for you and you can’t imagine cutting them out of your routine… don’t. Again, your health, your body and your skin! If certain cult favorites in the green beauty community just don’t work for you, that’s okay! If cleansing balms just aren’t your jam or you just don’t like essential oils, that’s okay! We all have different needs and preferences. Don’t force a product that just isn’t working for you.
Samples, Samples, Samples
Green Beauty brands can often be tricky to find in stores near you. Even in Philadelphia, I have trouble finding some brands and products! So many Green Beauty stores provide amazing samples either for purchase or included with your purchase! They know how hard it is and have made it easier by providing samples, take advantage and try those products out before committing to the full size.
Don’t Hoard Green Beauty Products
(ok so that’s a bunch of cans and stuff but you get the idea!) Green Beauty products typically have a shorter shelf life than most conventional products. Many Green Beauty products use essential oils as a preservative and although essential oils are somewhat antimicrobial they are not as effective as conventional preservatives. Change your mascara more frequently, make sure you use up those facial lotions and always use clean fingers if you’re touching a product directly.
If there is one thing I hope you take away from these tips it is this; Green Beauty is not all or nothing. It’s okay to have a mix of conventional and green beauty brands! I certainly do. The world is a scary place and companies often use tactics to scare rather than inform. Remember to take a step back, breathe and move forward with the knowledge you need to make the right choices for you!