In the second of our series on keeping your skin and body healthy, we focus on green beauty.
Why go green?
Our skin is the largest organ of your body and research has also shown that chemicals can be absorbed through it very easily. These can reach the blood vessels below the skin and travel round the body.
Unfortunately some of the products that we use most to cleanse moisturise our skin and colour hair contain harsh synthetic substances. Although some of these substances’ effects are unknown, others are known to be toxic. This could lead to health problems, some quite serious.
Some of these harsher substances are also not good for sensitive skin. During teenage years skin is extra sensitive to spots, allergies and other problems. Using natural skin and beauty products can therefore eliminate any problems that may be caused due to reactions to harsh chemicals in beauty products.
What is a green skin care product?
Unlike organic food, the skin care and make up industry still doesn’t have any clear guidelines to follow and sometimes products can claim to be natural because they just contain some natural products in them as well as synthetic substances.
The best way to check is to look at the label and only buy products that have been approved by the Soil Association or take a look at the organic directory for beauty products online and select ‘Cosmetics and Toiletries’ under category.
Recently steps have been taken to reduce harmful chemicals in all skin products with the European Union banning over one thousand chemicals (whilst the US has only banned nine).
More natural beauty products are appearing in the shops these days which means they are becoming a little cheaper. However if you want to save some pennies there’s no reason why you can’t improvise.
You can make your own blends of skin care products easily using a mix of essential oils and a base oil. They can be applied to your face, body or in the bath.
Also, a cheap and green alternative to some skin care products is, believe it or not – olive oil. Buy yourself a bottle of the organic good stuff and you will find it will last for ages.
If your cuticles are ragged and your nails brittle and dry, try rose oil. Soaking nails for 30 minutes in a small cup of olive oil can also work well.
Olive oil can also be really good for hair. It helps repair slit ends and makes your hair shiny. Massage a few tablespoons of olive oil into scalp and hair, leave on for 30 minutes, then shampoo as usual.
Essential oils such as lavender for normal hair or lemon for oily hair are also great alternatives to harsher shampoos.
Olive oil can also be great as a skin moisturiser. Add several tablespoons of olive oil to your bath, along with a few drops of your favourite essential oil, to soothe and nourish your skin.
Teenagers have sensitive skin and there’s no getting away from that.
Keep your skin as healthy as possible by using moisturiser to rehydrate your skin. If you have oily skin make sure the moisturiser you buy is not too greasy.
Also try to exfoliate your skin every few days to scrub away dead skin cells. Try using an organic muslin cloth like the one included in our competition!
And wash your face really well every day making sure you remove all make up and dirt!
Not just for the girls
Boy or girl we all want to look good. If you like looking after yourself and want to go green but don’t know where to start why not enter our beauty competition to win totally organic products such as Pai skin care and more!
Also look at the list of greener alternatives published by US website TeensGoingGreen.