3 Steps to Green Your Beauty Routine Once And For All

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3 Steps to Green Your Beauty Routine Once And For All

Are you ready for a green beauty routine?

If you are like many people, you realize what you put on and in your body really matters… but when it comes time to shop for green beauty products, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by all the options, ingredients, claims and buzzwords.

And how do you even start to tackle that pile of products in the bathroom?

It doesn’t have to be so hard.  Knowing a few key ingredients to avoid can help you navigate the label of any shampoo, lotion or cream.   By cleansing your beauty routine of these top offenders, you can decrease your total body burden significantly and completely green your beauty routine.

So what’s the best way to start?

1.  Take inventory

Line up all of the products you use every morning on your bathroom counter.  Everything from shampoo, soaps, lotions, creams, fragrances, deodorant, toothpaste… all of it!

2. Categorize

Check each product’s ingredient list against the list below.  If a product has 1 ingredient on the “avoid” list, pull it aside.  If it has 2 ingredients, put in a separate group.  3 or more ingredients in a 3rd group.  Once you have gone through all your daily products, take a look.  How many in the “1 Ingredient” group?  What about 3 and more group?

3. Plan and Replace

Every change you make to decrease the toxins in the environment matters, and this isn’t a case of “all or nothing”.  If you decide to dump them all and start fresh, good for you!  There are lots of toxin-free product recommendations on this site to help. Check out the favorite gift guides below.

But, if you want to take a more gradual approach – start with the “3 Ingredient or More” pile.  Ditch these products today, and treat yourself to natural, pure, toxin-free products that you will love.

Next, make a list of the products in group 2 and group 1.  As you run out of a product, replace with a natural version.

Repeat until you have completely detoxed your beauty routine!

Want some more product recommendations to get you started?  Here are some of my favorites from the Live-Clear Utimate Gift Guides:

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Here’s a list of ingredient to look for (and avoid) on your labels:

(you can also download and print the handy Live-Clear Quick Guide ingredient list here):

  1. Fragrance, parfume (phthalates)
  2. PEGs (polyethylene glycols):  peg-80 sorbitan laurate,  peg-150 distearate, anything with “PEG”
  3. Parabens:  anything with the suffix “paraben”, most common – methylparaben, butylparaben, propylparaben
  4. DEA, MEA, TEA:  diethanolamine, monoethanolamine, triethanolamine, cocomide DEA, lauramide DEA, oleamide diethanolamine
  5. Coal Tar:  FD&C …, D&C… (ie: FD&C Red number 6, etc)
  6. BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole) and BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene)
  7. Triclosan (read more about triclosan, and why you should avoid it, here)
  8. Sodium Laurel Sulfate
  9. Sodium Laureth Sulfate
  10. Vitamin A (retinyl palmitate, retinol), espeically for products worn in the sun, such as sunscreen or day moisturizer
  11. Petrolatum (i.e. petroleum jelly)
  12. Siloxanes:  ingredients ending in “-siloxane” or “-methicone”
  13. Formaldehyde-releasing preservatives:  DMDM hydantoin, diazolidinyl urea, imidazolidinyl urea, methenamine, quaternium-15, and sodium hydroxymethylglycinate (PIN this formaldehyde cheat sheet to pull up when you are shopping)
  14. Oxybenzone (read more about this hormone disruptor in sunscreen)

 Here’s to enjoying a more natural and healthy year, full of pure and luxurious products you will love!

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