April is Earth Month, so it’s the perfect time to make some eco-conscious changes to your everyday life. From regularly recycling, to eating organically, to being more water conscious, there are a lot of little things we can do to go green and reduce our ecological footprint.
Which brings us to our next point: this Earth Month, why not rethink our beauty routines, too? Whether it’s swearing off parabens or choosing more earth-friendly packaging, going green can do as much good for our bodies as the Earth.
If you’re nervous about taking the plunge into all-natural, don’t stress. Instead of performing a complete overhaul of your routine, start with a few easy changes and move up from there. Below, our top 5 ways to go green for Earth Month:
Say “No” to aluminum
While it may not be the sexiest part of your daily routine, deodorant is a great starting point if you want to go green. Why, you ask? Conventional antiperspirants contain some pretty controversial ingredients, including aluminum, parabens, and triclosan. Ick. And while natural deodorant that works seems like a myth to most people, we promise you: the dark days of rubbing crystals and herbs on your underarms are over. Now, there are plenty of effective, natural options to choose from. For example, Agent Nateur: made from food-grade ingredients, their stick deodorant is so naturally pure, you could take a bite out of it. (But please don’t.) Plus, it really works, providing all-day odor protection with a delicious aroma of lavender and eucalyptus.
Ditch the makeup wipes
We all know we’re supposed to wash our faces every single night but after a super long, stressful day? We’re tempted to take shortcuts—like skip the soap and reach for a makeup wipe. While wipes are an easy, waterless way to take off the day, they’re not so easy on the earth. Most makeup wipes are made predominantly of plastic and can take hundreds of years to break down in landfills. If you’re serious about greening up your beauty routine, ditch your one-use wipes for something reusable, like a Makeup Eraser. Super gentle and machine washable, these soft clothes whisk away even the toughest waterproof makeup with just water—no soap or scrubbing required.
Don’t think you can give up your trusty wipes? We recommend choosing something more sustainable, like RMS Ultimate Makeup Remover Wipes. Made of bio-cellulose fabric, they’re kinder on the earth and will break down in months as opposed to years. Plus, they don’t contain any nasty pesticides.
Think about packaging
Scientists predict that—by the year 2050—there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. In other words? Recycling is more important than ever. Thankfully, more and more beauty brands are making it their mission to use only ethical, recyclable packaging for their products. A few of our favorites include Vapour Organic Beauty, whose products are housed in aluminum—a durable yet incredibly recyclable material—and Surratt Beauty, which utilizes minimal, recyclable materials for both their packaging and their brushes.
When it comes to stocking a cleaner medicine cabinet, body lotions and oils should be at the very top of your list. The reason why is simple: your skin is absorbing your beauty routine. Since you slather these products on a bigger part of your body, the ingredients have more opportunity to be absorbed by your skin.
If you want a clean alternative to conventional body lotion, we recommend Cocovít Coconut Oil. It’s certified organic and has never been heated or exposed to chemicals. It’s also incredibly versatile—you can use it as a cleanser, hair mask, and makeup remover. …is there anything coconut oil can’t do?
Watch what you eat
Women can consume up to seven pounds of lipstick in a decade. Repeat: women can consume up to seven pounds of lipstick in a decade. If you’re going to end up eating most of your lipstick, it only makes sense to use lip products made from organic—not chemical-filled—ingredients.
One of our favorite natural lippies? Kosas. Each of their gorgeous lip shades offers sheer-to-buildable coverage with a creamy, non-drying matte finish. And like we said…they’re good enough to eat.