Diving Into Green Skincare

Since transferring to Davis, I’ve become a bit of an environmentalist. There’s no doubt that Mother Nature is dying and the actions that we make as consumers have a direct impact on the environment. While it might be easy to stop by your nearest beauty bazaar and purchase the most conveniently located products, the ingredients in that bottle of soap might not be the best for you or your planet. Being an informed consumer gives you the ability to vote with your dollar, and control what goes on your body and what doesn’t.


 

What is “Green Beauty”?

If you’ve turned on the news, there’s a good chance you’ve encountered greenwashing. Ever heard of “clean burning natural gas” or “clean coal?” That’s greenwashing. It’s a marketing tactic that’s been around since the 1960s aiming to actively deceive consumers about a brand or product’s environmental friendliness.

The green beauty industry aims to fight against these unsavory marketing tactics and offer products that are good for your body and the planet.

What do you mean “good for your body?”

Many common beauty products, like nail polish, contain dangerous chemicals such as toluene which has been linked to reproductive impairment, immune system toxicity, and blood cancers like malignant lymphoma. Green beauty alternatives tend to be free from unnecessary fragrance, preservatives, and carcinogens, like toluene.

What do you mean “good for the planet?”

Everything that we put down the drain, from foundation to hand soap, ends up in our water supply. Triclosan, a common chemical in antibacterial hand soaps, often breaks through wastewater treatment plants and damage algae on surface waters, and cause cross-resistance (aka resistance in bacteria like Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli).

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Osea Blemish Balm

Hannes Dottir Mineral Mist

 

Why Choose Green Beauty?

Much like fresh produce, green beauty is often more expensive than its traditional counterparts and it’s not always financially possible to make a clean purchase. Fortunately, more companies are releasing clean products at drugstore prices.



I decided to make the switch to using environmentally friendly products for my health and the environment. The soaps we use affect our water supply, and the chemicals in our sunscreens kill coral reefs. Although it’s not always convenient and cost effective to make a green purchase, it’s better for the greater good.

I’m also lucky to live in a town that cares a lot about its carbon footprint and have access to stores where I can buy soaps package free. Living green was much more difficult when I lived down in Southern California.

 

Osea Blemish Balm

Hannes Dottir Mineral Mist

Earth Tu Face Face Wash

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Living a more environmentally conscious lifestyle isn’t something that’s always achievable overnight, and sometimes it’s out of your control. You can’t control what kind of cleaning products your roommates purchase, or whether or not your parents are willing to support your switch to environmental friendly products. Often times, green beauty products are too expensive to justify, especially on a student budget. What matters is that you made the conscious decision to start transitioning to a more planet-loving lifestyle.

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What Should I Be Looking For?

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Making the switch to clean beauty can be overwhelming. Because of conflicting information on the internet, and sly marketing, it’s often difficult to filter out truly clean beauty from its greenwashing foils. The best way to decipher the code is to take a look at the ingredients list.

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Stick to products with friendly and minimal ingredients list. There are some ingredients that sound scary (like methylcellulose) but a quick Wikipedia search can help mitigate any concerns on whether or not a product is potentially hazardous to your health.

However it’s important to note that not all hazardous ingredients are synthetic chemicals, and not all synthetic chemicals are hazardous. Formaldehyde, a known human carcinogen used in both nail polish and an embalming chemical, is a naturally occurring organic compound.

 
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My Skincare Routine

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step 1: cleanser

Earth Tu Face Facewash with Palmarosa & Aloe

Step 2: toner

Hannes Dottir Mineral Mist

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step 3: moisturize

Osea Blemish Balm

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FTC disclaimer: This post was created in partnership with Follain. Follain gifted me the products in exchange for a post. However, opinions, thoughts, and otherwise are 100% authentic to The Seoul Search.