When I decided to make the switch to living a more green and healthy lifestyle, what scared me most was the adjustment to using more natural products. I mean, for a while I found my tried & true brands and I fell absolutely in love. That is until I found out that most of the beauty products I coveted were loaded with toxic chemicals (which I really don’t want on my skin.) Switching to green beauty is a complete lifestyle change.
It wasn’t an overnight thing either. In fact, it’s taken me a whole year to really dive into the green beauty world because I’ve been so afraid of the massive adjustment required. Plus, after spending lots of money on makeup products it doesn’t really make sense to just throw them out. Might as well just burn my money, right? The change has been slow, but progress has been made.
Use Up Your Current Beauty Products and Repurchase Green Beauty Products When They Run Out
As I said earlier, it doesn’t make sense to throw away that $60 foundation that’s almost brand new. Sure, it’s not good for your skin or body necessarily. I don’t know about you, but I don’t have a ton of cash to throw away so you can bet that whatever I buy is going to be used up.
Once you finish using those makeup products, then it’s time to choose your replacement. If you know that you’re getting low on foundation then it’s time to start researching some good green beauty foundations! Switching it up bit by bit is much more manageable and very practical.
Research, Research, Research
It starts with finding out what you want to avoid. Learn about certain ingredients and decide whether you’re okay with using them or you want to ditch them altogether. There’s people who are dead set against Parabens and others who don’t worry too much about them.
If you’re going to take the time and investment to switch to Green Beauty products, then it’s important to know what you want to avoid. I started by researching common “Free From” Chemicals which you’ll find in beauty products.
Tell Others About Your Lifestyle Change
But don’t be preachy about it. Tell your friends or significant other about your plans to switch to green beauty products and why – that way they can support you. I’m mentioning this purely for gift-giving purposes. They’re going to want to know that if they buy you makeup products they know what to look for. And hey, maybe they’ll support you so much they’ll want to make the switch as well! Everything is better with good company.
Don’t Buy On A Whim
As much as I’d love to say that all green beauty products are fantastic. They aren’t. There’s a lot of natural duds out there, so it’s important to research brands and reviews of products before making the leap to purchase. I’ve been let-down by more green beauty products than I was by any drugstore brand which was loaded with chemicals. This is because they won’t have the same laundry list of ingredients like conventional beauty products. Therefore, you might run into a foundation which is too watery or too thick, etc.
It’s also important to know the stance on beauty product brands. There’s a lot of green washing in the market and brands that claim they are eco-friendly or green might not be. So make sure to check if they have all the green certifications.
Don’t Give Up On Green Beauty
It’s almost inevitable that you’ll purchase a product which is just no good. But there’s a lot of brands out there that make amazing products, you just have to keep up your willpower! Yes, it’s a lot of work having to research and make sure that what you’re buying is good but it’s so worth it. Your body will thank you in the end, and that’s what you’re making the switch for… right?
I’ll admit that I’ve failed a few times, I’ve tried foundations that were just bleh for me. There’s been natural beauty products that work so well, but the packaging just doesn’t do it justice… or they break. So I go to the drugstore and I repurchase an old favourite because I just can’t find something that will work for me! Inevitably, I come right back to where I began after realizing that I need to do this for me and my body. Persistence is key, guys.
Good luck with your green beauty journey! I hope that this post has inspired some of you. It’s definitely not a quick process, but over time it can make a huge difference.
Do you have suggestions for switching to Green Beauty Products?