Going green not only saves the Earth, but also your skin. Organic beauty products are free of chemicals including preservatives, perfumes and added colours. Unlike many cosmetics, green products are not exposed to harmful pesticides and are created using essential oils, fruits, herbs and natural ingredients. In today’s market it is now easier than ever to give your beauty routine a green makeover because of the growing demand for organic products. Make sure to read the bottle and find out exactly what you are putting on your skin.
Start clean. When shopping for a facial cleanser, search the bottle for a label that says paraben free. Studies have shown that parabens are harmful to our reproductive system and can help play a role in the development of breast cancer. J.R. Watkins Natural Apothecary Daily Cleansing Cream ($12.99 / 181 g), available at your local drug store, is paraben free and naturally pure. Not only will an organic cleanser do its job, but for those with sensitive skin, it doesn’t leave your face feeling dry, red or itchy.
Pucker up with all-natural lip balms. It is no secret that beeswax softens your lips, it is a common ingredient in lip balms, but did you know it also has anti-oxident properties? Look for lip care with beeswax, jojoba seed oil (a natural moisturizer) and aloe vera (heals and soothes chapped lips). Appropriately named Kiss My Face carries a line of yummy balms ($3.89), handmade in Canada, with flavours including Pina Colada and Maple Sugar, available at your local drug store.
When it comes to hair care it is difficult to find shampoos and conditioners that are not paraben free. Studies have shown that carrot juice (Vitamin A) is a natural remedy for healthy hair. Yes to Carrots, available at your local drugstore, is a brand that offers paraben free shampoos and conditioners that utilize the natural benefits of carrots. Whether your hair is fine, thick, dry or oily, Yes to Carrots has a wide variety of products to tackle your worst hair days.
Many people assume since organic products don’t use perfumes, they won’t leave your skin smelling delicious after you shower. Natural products are packed with essential oils and fruits that smell great. Kiss My Face Mandarin Ginger Lily Bath and Shower Gel ($10.95/ 473ml) blends ginger, passion flower and lily giving off a mouth-watering scent.