Even though Earth Day is a calendar event that happens once a year, it doesn’t mean you can’t have sustainable practices the remaining 364 days. After all, you should be a good steward every day you are on this planet. Sure, you may already recycle your used plastic, metal and glass items, but you can take your earth-friendly endeavors a step further by purchasing EPP eco-friendly hair care products. Some popular, high-end brands, like Adara and Nuxe Paris, are already on board the EPP wagon.
Short for Environmentally Preferable Purchasing, EEP means you consider more than just the environmental impact of the products you purchase. EPP also has a humanitarian concern, which means the manufacturing of a product also protects the health of those who make and consume eco-friendly hair care products, without sacrificing quality, price or performance. When you’re an EPP advocate, you also abstain (as best you can) from purchasing items whose manufacturing process harms public health or the environment.
One of the simplest ways to tell if your favorite beauty products make the EPP cut is to look at the packaging and labels. Environmental attributes to look for include:
You might notice that the packaging on a product sometimes states, “Made with (insert percentage) postconsumer products.” While this might sound nice, this statement doesn’t truly have an impact if you don’t know what it means. Terms you’ll encounter on eco-friendly hair care bottles or their boxes include “pre-consumer,” “postconsumer” and “total recycled content.”
Pre-consumer content or materials refers to the byproducts used after the manufacturing of a product is complete, before the product hits the shelves. Postconsumer materials are made from sources like the recyclable goods you leave on your curb on garbage day or the paper that is recycled at your office. A product’s total recycled content is the amount of postconsumer and pre-consumer materials used to make an item. For example, if one of your favorite Nuxe Paris items is packaged in a box made from 80 percent postconsumer materials and 15 percent pre-consumer materials, the total recycled content equals 95 percent.
While purchasing eco-friendly hair care products shows the earth a little TLC, you can also go a step further and purchase your fashion-forward must-haves from a globally conscious vendor. Doing so takes the guesswork out of making sure your purchase is truly aligned with your earth-friendly efforts.
It’s time to pack up the browns, grays and blues of winter and update the look of your makeup for spring and summer. Even if the weather outside is still a little chilly, spring blossoms are opening up and showing the world their colors. Now it’s your turn to do the same by updating your beauty arsenal with the help of Jouer Cosmetics and a St. Tropez tan.
Peach, coral, juicy pink, orchid purple, fuchsia, turquoise, banana yellow and cornflower blue: The hottest colors in makeup this season are bright. So you don’t end up matching the latest Easter egg basket trend (or an Easter egg itself), there are two rules of thumb to remember when it comes to summer makeup:
1. Less is more.
2. One or the other: Go for either bright eyes or bright lips – not both.
The truth is that smiling doesn’t necessarily form wrinkles around your mouth – in fact, it can actually help prevent them. The lines that appear around the mouth might actually be “nasolabial-folds” or “marionette lines.” The reduction of elastin and collagen fibers in your face can make these lines more pronounced. A Peter Thomas Roth Labs consumer study found that the nourishing compounds in one of the skin care company’s products stimulates the production of collagen and reduces the appearance of these unwanted signs of a full life.
Nasolabial-folds are lines that form from the sides of your nose down to the sides of your mouth. These lines form because of sun damage, loss of muscle tone, smoking, gravity and loss of fat in this area of the face. Some cosmetic dermatologists may prescribe hyaluronic acid injections over a 9- to 12-month period to help diminish the appearance of these lines.