METHYLISOTHIAZOLINE. IT SOUNDS SCARY, DOESN’T IT? WHAT ABOUT PHENOXYETHANOL.
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YES, these ingredients are used to embalm cadavers. Not only that, it's also likely in your makeup. Makes you want to go wash your face, doesn't it? As the #Nichenatural columnist, it's no secret that I am an advocate for green products, but the question I get asked all the time, “How do I make the switch? Where do I start?” Women tell me that they love their traditional products. Trust me, I get it. But it is actually easier than you might think. First, head to your kitchen!
Many people are cooking with and using coconut oil these days. If you have a vat of coconut oil, that is one way to take your first step. I use it to moisturize dry skin and to remove makeup as well. Multi-purpose, natural and a little reminder of Pina Coladas never hurt! Argan oil, avocado oil, even olive oil. They all do the trick.
I'm definitely not alone in making the switch. Far from it! The green beauty industry is taking off. Megan Johns, owner of TheGreenKiss. com says she is seeing a change in her customers too. “Now I get the beauty lover, I wasn't seeing the beauty lover come in the door this time last year.”
So how do you know if your makeup and skincare products are green?
There are many resources available right at your fingertips. The app Think Dirty lets you scan the bar codes on your favorite products, learn what's in them and understand the potential health implications from their ingredients.
Dr. Anna Sylwestowicz spent 20 years as an anaesthesiologist and concerned by the number of friends who were getting sick. She started to explore the chemicals and toxic preservatives added to skincare and makeup. “My background in organic and physical chemistry allowed me to explore and understand the complicated ingredient labels and I decided to do something about it!” Dr. Sylwestowicz began her
Cielo Skin Care line. It's one of a growing number of grassroots green skin care lines adhering to being 100% safe and free of toxins. Green is moving into the mainstream. Larger beauty companies are taking notice too. Hair care giant AG is launching a natural line, with products such as the AG Rosehip Balm is 98% plant based, vegan and cruelty free.
The options are endless, like anything it's a readjustment. I know, I know, you likely have a long term relationship with a lipstick you can't live without. Well if it's time for a break up, there is truly no better time. I say that as I sit here typing while wearing Glow
Jar Restore Clay Mask. A new fave I would never have discovered if I hadn't started exploring what's clean and green.