It is surprisingly easy to make a few slight adjustments in your makeup routine to ease your way into a green beauty lifestyle. To quote Canadian Author Robin Sharma: Change is hard at first, messy in the middle, and gorgeous at the end. If he were aware of the long term health benefits of using green beauty products and the sustainable principles used in the creation of green beauty products, I don’t think he would bat an eyelash in choosing which routine for the greater good.
Good thing we have made things a cake walk for you by breaking down the 5 easiest green beauty changes for you to incorporate in your life today.
Cleanser: This is one of the easiest switches you can make because cleansers have just one job – to clean, and so many natural ones do it well. We lead off with this one because there is literally no change in how you do things besides use a different one. It is important to choose one based on your skin type – we like Osmia’s Black Clay Facial Soap for troubled skin and May Lindstrom’s The Honey Mud for dry skin and a really indulgent experience. The pure ingredients are filler-free and so ultra-concentrated that you won’t have to use as much, and because they don’t contain harsh ingredients that strip- your face will feel calm and balanced instead of parched and tight meaning less moisturizer and more glowing skin.
Perfume: Can I be honest? Those musky, heavy, manufactured scents in department stores are anything but sexy. When I am browsing for what have you’s and I get a wiff of a what the…, I can’t think of anything besides my grandmother coming through the door of my house after dousing herself in French perfume.
It’s light florals, hints of citrus, and those romantic earthy notes that yield complements and make people remember what you smell like. The combinations you can create from essential oils are endless and actually good for your skin. We can create your own signature scent for you at our Fragrance Bar. We start with a carrier oil of your choice (jojoba or safflower), then combine it with scents you like. A client recently said she liked vanilla, citrus, and anything beachy. Within minutes we created a custom fragrance that she said takes her on a virtual vacation every time she uses it. The essential oils make the scent so bright and crisp, it will change your mind about fragrances forever. This is far from Nana’s Oak and Potpourri concoction.
Lips: Where do you think your lipstick goes when it ‘fades away?’ Yes, sometimes around your Starbucks lid, but mostly we ingest it little by little when we talk, drink, and eat. That’s why so many lipsticks and glosses are flavored, because companies understand that we also tasting the things we put on our lips. Remember a few years ago when 400 lipsticks were found to contain lead? Make the change to clean up your lipstick collection to include only those with safe ingredients.
Before adding color or gloss, remember to exfoliate and prep. RL Linden & Co’s Kiss Like Honey Lip Exfoliant is perfect for clearing you lips after the elements have left your lips crack or damaged. It’s unique use of sugar crystals actually make it a edible little treat while you clean and clear. After your are exfoliated, Jane Iredale Lip Fixation is awesome for those who love a long-wearing formula. It stays put and won’t go quietly into the night.
Concealer- This is one category that women have a really hard time replacing because for years nothing seemed to measure up to the weightlessness and consistency of traditional formulas. Thankfully, clean versions have caught up and their performance is just as good as any of those others. Jane Iredale and RMS both offer creamy concealers that look great on the skin, and VERT’s own Beauty Concealer Pencil has an almost clay-like consistency that you literally draw over dark circles, blemishes, and discolorations like a crayon. It lays down a perfect layer of what looks like enhanced skin with an almost photoshopped result.
Sunscreen: Traditional sunscreens have some of the most toxic ingredients around which is why there’s such a boom in safer formulas. Coola is a SPF-focused line that does sun care with so much finesse that you hardly notice that the slightly tinted, skin perfecting rose scented cream is actually protecting you from the sun and its aging effects. It’s one of the more elegant green beauty formulas around because it feels (and smells) like great skincare which inspires you to wear it like you should- every day.
Step into cleaner formulas that make your routine as luxurious as it is safe, and trust us when we say it won’t feel like a compromise. And if you are interested in learning more about green beauty techniques, come in for a green beauty consultation by one of our veteran makeup artists at our Denver boutique.