How to green your beauty routine in 2018Beauty
One question that I get asked a lot from friends and colleagues is how to add more eco-friendly, organic and all-natural products into their beauty routines. And they want to know which ones actually work, which I completely can get behind.
Now that sustainable beauty is no longer a trend (it is a major section of the market, so let’s call it something else, shall we?), formulas are high functioning, potent and still green.
When I first started adding all-natural products into my routine, subscribed to an everything in moderation approach. There are some mainstay items that I just couldn’t give up until I found an all-natural version that worked as well, if not better, than it’s mass counterpart.
Here are a few products that I have no added into my lineup full time, because they really deliver, and they were easy items to make the transition to green with. So, my advice? Start with a few key items that you’re ok switching up!
Gryadon launched this lovely shampoo last year, touting the benefits of matcha, a potent form of green tea that is full of antioxidants. I found my hair was clean, soft and easy to style, thanks to matcha, as well as chia, which helps to fortify hair, sunflower seed extract to thicken each strand and add shine, and hemp oil to moisturize and strengthen.
This powerful formula is made with 15 organic oils, including rosehip oil (which is rich in antioxidants, Vitamin A and E that protect the hair against sun damage), black cumin seed oil (Cleopatra apparently used to help with her hair and skin, full of essential fatty acids to help protect against environmental damage) and seabuckthorn oil (containing vitamins A, B, C, D, E & K).
Bite Me, Winter
I used this balm until there was nothing left in the tube (even using my pinky finger to dig out the last bits!), partially because it was SO good, but mostly because I don’t like to waste anything. Made with vanilla and agave, this thick balm is perfect for winter’s harsh winds.
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Gwyneth Paltrow just posted a video on goop.com where she shows fans her complete routine, which includes uses this AHA exfoliator every night. It’s a little too potent for me to do that, I stick to using it once or twice a week because it contains a potent amount of acids that, while they work to leave my skin super soft and glowy, it also leaves my skin pretty red. I rinse it off once it starts tingling, even though the instructions say to leave it on for 2 to 3 mins. This is the type of product you can build a tolerance for if you so desire.
Made with neroli and frankincense, this golden-hued serum is perfect for all skin types, which makes it a great entry to oil serums if you’re hesitant to try. It also contains German chamomile and rose help to sooth blemishes and redness, and can help reduce the appearance of scars.
This lipgloss from EVIO is cruelty free and made with all natural ingredients, like bark extract (to tighten and plump lips), vitamin E (to moisturize) and coconut oil (to help fight aging). For me, it can bleed a little, but that’s an easy fix. I use a flesh-toned lip liner on the outer line of my lips to help this shiny, pigmented rouge stay in place.
Evio Natural & Organic Lip Gloss in Brooke, $21 USD, evelyniona.com
Bags be Gone
RMS’s concealer is a favourite of beauty editors and junkies everywhere, so when I finally decided to try it, I knew I was in good hands. WHile it comes in eight shades, if the shade doesn’t match your skin completely, don’t fret. The formula is made with mineral pigments that will adjust to your skintone once applied—what is this magic!?? It’s also made with coconut oil so it’s a lightweight and hydrating formula that melts into the skin.
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