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Green Beauty? | Body Glitz

What is Green Beauty?

Green beauty is essentially any cosmetic/beauty product that is formulated with minimal toxic ingredients. Green beauty is beneficial to the environment because it is nontoxic and made without harmful chemicals. A product that is considered green is not always 100 percent natural or organic. USDA Organic, Green Globe, and the Leaping Bunny Program are friendly seals from certified bodies that can be seen on green beauty products labels.

Why Green Beauty?

Have you ever eaten a bunch of junk food and noticed that the next day your skin seemed out of wack? The relationship between our skin and our body is symbiotic and interdependent. The skin is the largest organ of the body and acts as a barrier, preventing toxins and germs from getting into the body and preventing water and moisture from leaving the body. It is important to realize that healthy, radiant skin starts on the inside. All of our cells require good nutrition, proper hydration, oxygenation, and detoxification to thrive.  So what we put on our skin is just as important as what we put in our body. The skin absorbs 60 percent of what we put on it. Cosmetic and beauty products end up in our pores and bloodstream. The amount of substance absorbed by each individual varies. Skin thickness, hair follicles, sweat ducts, and barrier accessibility are some of the factors that control how the skin will absorb a substance. In addition to a skincare regimen, it is important to pay attention to other important factors like sun exposure, eating habits, hydration, exercise, and environmental pollutants.

Green Beauty and the Environment

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that more than 2 million tons of personal care chemicals are dumped into waterways each year. When we shower and bath, everything we use goes down the drain and toxic chemicals are being recycled back into our food supplies. Even worse, the packaging and disposal of these products negatively affects our environment when they end up in landfills and leach into the earth. To help reduce our environmental impact reduce the use of disposables, use all of the product before you replace them, buy products that multitask, and recycle when you can.

A Green Beauty Routine

It is unnecessary to throw out all“non green” beauty items all at once. It is important that we take the initiative to do research on green beauty and then be ok with the learning process that comes with using those products.When using chemically safe products hydrate to help the product penetrate the skin. Use nutrient rich products to nourish the skin instead of poisoning it. Using health-promoting ingredients, like antioxidants can help inhibit free-radical damage reducing environmental damage.

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