I cannot believe it. I think there is finally a light at the end of the tunnel. Spring is around the corner!
With the burst of fresh sunlight and warmer temperatures comes the beauty of new life as everything turns bright green. I love the colors that come with spring!
I’m rather traditional with the turn of the season. I actually enjoy spring cleaning! Some deep-roll-up-your-sleeves-get-your-hands-dirty kind of cleaning. After those dreary months of the house being shut up, it’s time to open the windows and breathe again!
It is the perfect time to clean out some drawers and cabinets. Stuff collects quite easily if you don’t go through it every now and then! While you’re at it, it’s a good time to make some things green.
The green I’m talking about is getting rid of the chemical-heavy products in your beauty routine and replacing with better choices. What you put on your hair and skin will be absorbed into your body. And it will be washed down the drain. Let’s take spring cleaning a bit further and green-up our beauty routine!
Now when I’m talking beauty routine, I’m including everything from your just woke up shower to your date night make-up and all the products in between. Shampoo, lotion, deodorant, make-up, muscle rubs, sugar scrubs, toothpaste, facial cleanser, and the list goes on.
If you can use it on your hair or skin, it needs to be on the list! Let’s get started!
3 Simple Steps to a Green Beauty Routine
Step One: Evaluate What You Use Regularly
There are two ways you could determine this. One way is to pretend you are packing for a trip. What do you definitely need to take with you? Shampoo, lotion, make-up, toothpaste, etc. Pull those things out, set them aside and put everything else in another pile. We will deal with it all in step two.
The other way (my preferred method) is to pull everything out. Clean out your storage space and as you put your items back, only put back the products you still use. Put those old and unused items in a separate pile.
Inevitably, there will be a few things that aren’t on your daily list that should be kept. I’d say the allowable products include things like face masks, foot scrubs, or make-up that you don’t use every day but need for special occasions (eye shadow anyone?).
Step Two: Get Rid of Everything Else
Now that you’ve determined what you truly use, get rid of the extras! Minimizing the amounts of beauty products you have on hand is actually rather freeing. It opens up some space in your bathroom cabinet. You’ll be able to get to all the things you have stored in there. I’m a minimalist when it comes to my bathroom cabinet. I like to be able to see the whole thing. Maybe I’m weird like that, but it makes me feel better.
It’s also a good idea to make sure and get rid of old products. Especially handcrafted items. I tend to make a variety of salves and body oils and strange concoctions that I experiment with or find on Pinterest. I don’t know if these items actually have a shelf life, but if I’m sticking my fingers in there and applying to my body, it probably isn’t good if it’s been sitting there for six months. Just sayin’.
Step Three: Transition Your Beauty Products to Non-Toxic and Green Options
You might be thinking that all this doesn’t really sound like much change in the green direction. Well that’s our last step and there are two ways you could do this.
Option A: Make a complete switch.
Choose all your commercial products that contain chemicals that you don’t want any more and switch it all out for non-toxic products. These could be either purchased or handcrafted. This is a good option if you have the resources or time.
Option B: Make the switch as you use up what you have.
Personally, I prefer method B. It’s quite a bit more cost effective and is less wasteful. Plus a new hair product doesn’t always work out the way you want. With handcrafted and DIY products, it sometimes takes some experimenting to find what works for you hair or skin type.
I’m still in process of making these changes too. I’ve successfully changed out all my products except for make-up. I don’t wear it very often so it’s not as big of a priority like shampoo. As I find affordable options that I can make or buy, I will incorporate the change into my routine and add the DIY with the others I already do.
These steps can be applied to your household products too, such as hand soap, multipurpose cleaners, or laundry detergent. Eliminating the chemical contact in your home really does make a difference long term to you and your family’s health. The added benefit of using green products is it tends to be frugal and better for the world around you.
I know it may seem odd, but I’m really looking forward to a warm day where I can open the windows and go through my cabinets. I know I have some old products lurking in dark corners. I’m ready for some green!
How do you “green” your beauty routine?
This post was written by Heather at NeverLackingZeal.com.