The Path to Greener Beauty

Going green does not have to be painful or expensive. In fact in many instances switching to a healthier and/or more eco-friendly solution or habit may in fact up saving you some of the other green stuff we all worry about – money.

Take for instance your beauty regime. There are many ways to make it greener, healthier and cheaper. Here are some of the best of them:

Skin Cleansing – Spending half a week’s wages on the latest chemical laced creams and potions in an attempt to keep the wrinkles at bay, or gain a clearer complexion, seems rather silly when you realize that Mother Nature has already created  some pretty great skin care products herself. You can replace that expensive designer cleanser with simple ingredients found in your own fridge.

For example, did you know that a cotton ball soaked in plain old milk (hot or cold) cleanses as well as anything you can buy in the store and is gentler on sensitive skin as well? Or that rose water is perhaps the best toner you can buy and at a fraction of the cost? For more alternative and environmentally friendly skincare solutions check out Tip the Planet’s Skin Care section.

Hair Care –  Good old Mother Nature has also done a pretty good job on the hair care front as well. Why spend money on that spray bleach that you put in your hair to lighten it in the sun? Plain lemon juice gets the job done just as well; simply comb it through your hair before you go out sunbathing. It costs a lot less and won’t damage your hair like the bleach will. That expensive hot oil treatment? Olive oil is even better and since the chances are that it is already sitting in your kitchen cupboard it saves you a trip to the store as well. Learn more about green, (well maybe not literally) healthy hair by visiting our Tips for Healthy Hair section.

Cosmetics – No one is telling you have to throw away your collections of eye shadows, blushes and lipsticks but there are some alternatives to many of these products that are better for you, your skin and the environment. A number of cosmetic companies are making an effort to take the harmful stuff out of their products (did you know that some nail polishes contain formaldehyde?)  so reading the ingredients before you buy is essential (to read  more visit our  Health and Beauty Hub)

By the way, don’t forget that the purpose of Tip the Planet is to create a green wiki full of shared knowledge and wisdom, so if you have tips of your own to add please take a few minutes to do so, it’s not hard.

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