Facial cleansers

7 ways to Green Your Facial cleansers

Conventional facial cleansers pose a host of environmental and health threats, from petroleum-based ingredients to dangerous chemicals to plastic microbeads. But, with so many products claiming to be "green" or "natural", making the switch to a truly eco-friendly facial cleanser can be overwhelming when you're not sure what to look for. Let GreenYour guide you through what you need to know to make the switch, like avoiding antibacterial agents, choosing plant-based and biodegradable ingredients, pitching petroleum byproducts, opting for organic, and even protecting the animals by buying cruelty-free products.

  1. Choose a natural face wash

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    Replace those dangerous synthetic chemicals in conventional face wash with gentle, natural ingredients for a clean that will leave you and the earth feeling refreshed.

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  2. Use an eco-friendly acne treatment

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    The primary weapon in the battle against blemishes doesn't have to be a harsh, medicated product. Look for an acne treatment that makes use of natural, non-synthetic ingredients with proven antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.

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  3. Visit an eco-friendly day spa

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    The next time you decide to pamper yourself with a facial, visit a day spa that uses nontoxic products and follows sustainable business practices.

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  4. Choose natural facial scrubs and exfoliants

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    Want to feed your pores real fruit, nuts, and other natural exfoliating goodies instead of chems and plastic microbeads? Your face has come to the right place.

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  5. Choose natural toners and astringents

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    Pesky pores causing problems? Tighten and cleanse with toners and astringents made from earth- and dermis-safe ingredients.

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  6. Choose a natural face mask

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    Completely natural ingredients, like mud, seaweed, and even avocado, allow you to pamper and rejuvinate yourself with an eco-friendly face mask that won't exhaust the planet.

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  7. Buy items in bulk to reduce packaging waste

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    A word to the wise: bigger equals better when choosing natural skin care products.

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Comments

02/26/2009
4:31am
tanassia

When I noticed that no cleansers really helped my skin, I started to look for more natural cleansers that won't upset the balance of my skin's natural pH. I saw on What Not To Wear that the makeup artist suggested using regular white sugar to exfoliate and brighten dull skin. Thus, I tried it. I found it was quite abrasive and, though naturally antibacterial, didn't prevent blemishes. One day I decided to add a bit of lemon juice to the mixture, as well as extra virgin olive oil. Lemon juice for the blemishes, and the EVOO to hydrate and also to cut the abrasive nature of the sugar. So far I have had fantastic results, and the best part is -- NO chemicals. :)

02/07/2010
9:53pm
bubblegumgirl

use baking soda mixed with your facial cleanser for a super cheap effective facial scrub

02/18/2010
8:11pm
greengoddess

thanks for the baking soda tip! tried it and it works great !

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