If you’re looking for healthy, natural ways to take care of your hair and skin, there are a variety of green products on the market to help you achieve your beauty goals. And some of the best solutions are no farther than your fridge and pantry. Give back to the environment, and make an investment in your appearance with simple green beauty tips you can implement in your daily routine.
Try a Yummy Facial
Spend less than 15 minutes giving yourself a facial at home with ingredients you can pick up during a supermarket trip such as avocados, strawberries, yogurt, bananas and lemon juice. These natural ingredients can give your skin a radiant finish, and, best of all, you can avoid the chemical smell you experience with spa and over-the-counter facial treatments.
Fruits Info, a site that celebrates fruits and health, offers a simple recipe that combines 1 tsp. of honey, 2 tsp. of yogurt and a whole banana, mashed. Smooth the mixture over clean skin, and allow it to sit until dry. Rinse with cold water.
Prepare a Recipe for Healthy Mane
Looking for a green way to care for your hair? Well, the same mayonnaise you use to create your favorite sandwich can be used to condition dry, brittle hair. Apply enough mayonnaise to cover your entire head of hair, smooth it through, apply a shower cap and allow your hair to sit for at least 15 minutes. Rinse it out completely.
Recycle Beauty Containers
Save your empty cosmetics and beauty containers. Use containers as office supply holders throughout your home or office, or use them to hold small items such as hair accessories. Before discarding containers, check to see whether you can drop them into the recycle bin. As of 2010, if you purchase cosmetics by brands such as MAC, you’re in for a real treat. You can return six empty containers in exchange for a free cosmetic product. Companies such as Tarte offer product discounts for returning empty primer, lip balm, foundation and cheek stain containers.
Buy Natural Brands
It’s no secret that beauty products are laced with chemicals that may have harmful long-term effects. And in some cases, as with perfume, the ingredients aren’t listed on the packaging, so it’s hard to tell what you’re using on your skin. Green brands–such as Burt’s Bees, Aveeno and Juice Beauty–give consumers options to purchase products that are free of toxic ingredients, opting to use naturally derived ingredients for their formulations. The Daily Green suggests that you replace commonly used items such as deodorant, perfumes and face moisturizers with natural products.