We have all been guilty of it at some point - when our consumerist instincts kick in and we come across the latest skincare products on the market, we can’t help but take a peek at what the industry has to offer, right? Of course. Simple browsing surely does no harm, but what about those shopping trips that end with you carrying home five of the latest skincare creams and washes that your favorite store just released? The extent of the harm may be limited to your wallet, but oftentimes there are unseen dangers lurking in the bottles, jars, and tubes of skincare products that are piled beneath your sink. Though they may seem innocent enough, do you know what they are made of? What kinds of unnatural toxins they may possess?
Your lotions and cleansers may or may not be packed with pore-clogging and skin harming chemicals, but what about your exfoliates? Everyone knows that exfoliating your skin is one of the keys to a radiant complexion, but you must be careful about what products you use to slough away your top layer of skin. Harsh exfoliates can leave your skin looking red, irritated, scaly, and even blistered, which is certainly a far cry away from the radiant glow you were most likely seeking.
But why are these products so bad for your skin? You would think that companies would take a little more responsibility for the merchandise that they not only put out on shelves, but promote to men and women who are honestly seeking an exfoliate that will improve the quality of their skin, not compromise it. But the truth is that everyone is out to make a buck, so you must be fully responsible for controlling which chemicals come into contact with your face. Exfoliating products are the most dangerous, as they scrape away at your skin cells while depositing these chemicals and other harmful substances.
The truth is, exfoliation must be done correctly in order to be successful, and what better way to improve your skin than to go green?
Living a green lifestyle goes beyond eating locally grown organic foods, opting to walk instead of drive, and toting your groceries home in reusable bags. When you fully embrace the green lifestyle, you will find that even your skincare routine can benefit from the inclusion of natural products. This doesn’t mean that you have to only shop in certain stores or only purchase certain brands, it just means increasing your awareness of the ingredients in the products you buy and becoming a more responsible consumer.
When it comes to exfoliation, going green is not only better for the environment, it can be better for your wallet. Natural exfoliates are much cheaper than their processed counterparts, and can be much more fun to use. From masks to scrubs, green skincare products can help you slough that dull skin away and reveal the radiant, glowing complexion beneath. You may be surprised to find that the following everyday items can work wonders for your skin:
- Oatmeal: One of the most diverse products on aisle ten, oatmeal can improve your skin’s texture while soothing any irritation that you may have. Mixing oatmeal with sweet smelling essential oils can produce a scrub that will go easy on your wallet and be gentle on your skin.
- Sugar: This item shouldn’t really surprise you, as the benefits of a sugar scrub have long been extolled by spas and skincare buffs alike. With a grainy texture that can remove the top layer of skin without causing irritation and a sweet scent that mixes beautifully with your favorite skin-nourishing fruits, berries, and oils, sugar may become your most reliable skincare product yet.
- Sea Salt: Not only does sea salt contain the properties of a perfect natural exfoliate, it can help alleviate body pain and reduce stress when added to a warm bath. Also easily combined with other skin healthy ingredients, such as fruits, berries, and oils, sea salt can be integrated into many aspects of your skincare routine quickly and easily.
Next time you head out to the store, remember that just because a skincare product is on sale or is touted as the next best thing you don’t have to buy it. Maintaining a natural, green exfoliation routine will work wonders for your complexion and will help reduce the strain on your wallet!
Laurie Mitchell is a skincare professional who writes about Hydrolyze, a prominent brand on today’s market. With an eye for the most effective products in the
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