When we think about living a health conscious and mindful life, things like eating a well-balanced diet, exercising and getting enough sleep come to mind. But factors that don’t have such obvious and immediate benefits, like the makeup and skincare we use, play a role as well. It makes sense that clean leaving would also entail using clean products, right? We’re putting them on our skin after all.
Luckily, with the green movement becoming more and more pervasive, there are no longer just a few bottles of patchouli-scented potions at your corner health food store to choose from. Non-toxic beauty products are in abundance, and thankfully, the formulas have vastly improved. You can find a plethora of mineral sunscreens that rub in smoothly without leaving behind a ghostly white film. Highly pigmented natural lipsticks that don’t fade away after a few sips of matcha are at your fingertips. Some of the best nail polishes are 3 to 7-free (the number is based on the chemicals they do not include). It’s all happening.
The NYC-based salon tenoverten polishes are actually 8-free, cruelty-free and vegan, and more and more vegan nail salons are popping up in major cities each month. Le Fix in London not only offers their signature cruelty-free and vegan manicure, but all of their treatments, from facials to brow tinting, fall in line with these ethos.
Going into a green spa or salon is the easy part though, the real challenge comes when overhauling or “greenifying” your own makeup and skincare routine. You’d be surprised to find out how many of the products you use on a regular basis, from your body wash to your shampoo to your perfume, are made with toxic ingredients.
Once you start digging, it can feel overwhelming, fortunately there are a lot of available tools to help you on your detoxifying mission. With apps like ThinkDirty, you to scan the barcode on the back of a product and it will give you all the necessary info on just how clean, or how dirty, its ingredients are. It’s a great tool for when you’re cleaning out your bathroom or hitting up Sephora to restock. If you want a more personal touch, green makeup artist Kate Denno, who has been on the forefront of the green beauty scene for almost a decade, offers one-on-one consultations. She will go through your makeup and skincare with you and discuss the best and most pain-free way to transition into a more eco-friendly lifestyle.
Like with any breakup, it’s good to have a support system. It’s hard to say goodbye to someone, or something, you love even if you know it’s bad for you. But in the end, you’ll thank yourself when you’re out of the toxic situation.