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Five Steps for Switching to Green Beauty Products

Five Steps for Switching to Green Beauty Products

Five Steps for Switching to Green Beauty Products

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. 

Making the Switch to Green Beauty Products in Five Steps

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.

making the switch to green beauty products in five steps

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?

  • Making the switch sure takes time, and a lot of effort. I am not at a point where switching to green beauty is on my radar, but I try to be open minded and try green alternatives every once in a while. And sometimes I find things that positively surprise me and keep me hooked.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

    • Yes, that’s for sure! There are some products that stand out much more than others – it’s so hard to find foundation haha!

  • These tips are great because they’re so practical. I’ve definitely been making the effort to switch to green beauty. It’s a no brainer when there are so any fantastic green alternatives on the market these days. I found the easiest areas was in my bath and body products and I’m now transitioning my skincare and makeup as well. I agree that research is really important and also getting to know which natural ingredients work for you personally.

    • It’s silly to think that you can ditch everything else you’ve every used in one night – I mean, unless you’re made of money haha. But yes, switching is an adjustment period. Glad that you’ve started the transition! It’s super easy to find bath & body products!

  • I agree with Anne, making a switch of any kind will take lots of time, effort and dedication. It’s not something that will happen overnight. I’m not fussy about my choices yet but I noticed that I am getting very picky with quality. I do think it’s a blogger thing, I know there are a lot of good products for what price range in the market these days so I don’t tolerate anything mediocre.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  • merel

    Loved reading this post babe! Great tips.

    X Merel

  • Great post! I went through a similar thing when I was transitioning to cruelty-free products, and I totally agree that doing research is the key. Finding good alternatives is the best feeling ever and it shows that you don’t need to settle for a product that it’s against your values! 🙂

  • You should just know– I just went out yesterday to Trader Joe’s and bought both a natural face cleanser and face moisturizer! WOOHOO! THE SWITCH HAS BEGUN. As for how well they work– that remains to be seen. What an edifying post. I thank you, Lindsey 😉

    • CONGRATS! Haha, hopefully they work well for you. But hey, don’t give up if they don’t – there’s plenty of different products out there 🙂

  • Thanks for this post! I think i’m switching to green products soon, too. I heard they’re much better for the skin. My brother even says don’t put something on my face unless I can eat them :p

    Lyka Chiang

    • It’s so true though – like your skin absorbs EVERYTHING… so if you can’t eat it, why would you want it on your face?! I totally agree!
      ..that being said I’m not going to make a habit of eating my foundation or face wash LOL

  • Laura

    Great post! I have been getting more and more into green beauty. Natural and organic beauty products have been huge in Estonia and every time I go home I stock up on my favorites x

    Pink Frenzy

  • I love that you mention using up previously purchased items first, too. It seems the transition, from research to using up old products, would definitely take time as you find what works for you. These are all great points, thanks for sharing them!

    Kathryn •

    • Thanks Kathryn! Yes, I cannot imagine just throwing everything else that you’ve spent money on into the garbage. Such a waste!

  • Bernadette

    What a lovely post. I’ve definitely wanted to try out some gree beauty products like foundations and other base products since they make the closest contact with your skin.

  • In love with this

  • Great tips! Research is key and I really hope to do a lot more of this in the near future. With so many brands and products available, it makes sense now that this should matter even more, thanks for sharing x

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

  • Great tips! I never understood when people decide to make a lifestyle change and then throw out all their old makeup… that isn’t exactly green to throw away makeup just because! Making the change gradually makes much more sense 🙂

    Mili | Sharmtoaster

  • Love this great post, truly inspiring, thank you for sharing and for the tips, cannot wait for the next post!!!


  • KIds Clothes

    Love your posts. Big fan.

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