You love to look your best, but you also care about what’s best for the environment. Sometimes what works for your face is bad for your eco-loving lifestyle, and that probably puts you in a bad position: who do you choose? Yourself or the planet? Lucky for you, this is not a real choice that you have to make. You can look beautiful and feel great without harming the world we all love and value. Here are a few do it yourself projects that you can start enjoying right away, as well as a few tips on how to shop at the drugstore.
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Hydrate your skin with an oatmeal bath. This is a great, relaxing way to moisturize your whole body without doing an iota of harm to the planet. Simply grab a handful of oatmeal and place it in a cheesecloth or coffee filter. Tie the little package with a string or hairband and hang it beneath the tap as it fills the bathtub.Â It will drip into your bathwater, creating a tub full of natural detoxifiers and skin softeners.
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Make your own eco-friendly hair products. It’s easier than you could ever imagine to make some great shampoo and conditioner that will leave your hair feeling clean and silky smooth without the use of any chemicals or artificial aromas.Â For shampoo, just mix one part baking powder with two parts water and voila! Nature’s shampoo. Conditioner is even easier: just rub some extra virgin olive oil into your scalp, slip on a shower cap, relax for thirty minutes and rinse.
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Use your cucumbers for more than just salad. Maybe you’ve seen it in the movies but didn’t know if it actually worked. Slices of cucumbers on the eyes are an age-old trick to get rid of puffiness. You can use warm chamomile teabags for the same effect. So make yourself some tea, put on some music, and let the natural ingredients do the work for you.
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Give yourself some highlights! Curing your eyes of puffiness is not all that your chamomile teabags can do. Make yourself some eco-friendly hair dye by brewing strong chamomile tea a few nights in a row and rinsing your hair with it. Even those girls with dark chestnut locks will see some effects.
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Buy the right stuff at the pharmacy. If DIY isn’t really your cup of tea (pun intended!), of course you can also get plenty of environmentally friendly products at your local drugstore.Â There are many products on the shelves that will look like their manufacturers care about the environment, but don’t fall for good marketing.Â A few good brands to look out for include Dr. Bonner’s (amazing hair products), Kiss My Face Organic, and Organix.
If you’re not sure if what you’re doing is environmentally friendly, look at the ingredients on the bottle. You should recognize most, if not all, of them. If something sounds toxic, it probably is.
About the Author: Debbie Sweet covers a dermatology expert in Chicagoland (http://www.advdermatology.com/). When sheâ€™s not doing that, sheâ€™s usually out getting some sun (with sunscreen of course!).