Going green with your beauty and personal care routine will help you make significant improvements in your health and in the way you look. But it can be confusing, can’t it? It’s not easy to know what to do, which products to use, which methods really work and which resources to trust.
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You do not need to subject yourself or your children to toxic chemicals every time you wash your hair or moisturize your body. There are safer options. But don’t be fooled by companies claiming to be ‘natural’ or ‘green’ because they could be misleading you.
Know your ingredients, read labels and stay away from any products or ingredients that score higher than a 2 on the Environmental Working Group’s Cosmetic Data Base. You can see a list of the most dangerous chemicals to avoid here.
By guest blogger Vikram Rout
Weddings are special events. Family, friends, well wishers and colleagues gather together to make the day unforgettable. Preparing for the big day is a lengthy and hectic process, with many decisions to make. Choosing the bridal gown is one of the most important of those decisions but choosing the bridesmaid dresses is a close second, your maids in waiting need to look great too! With so many different Bridesmaid dress options on the market today, it’s not an easy task to fulfill.
When deciding on the colors for bridesmaid dresses, let’s look the latest trends this season. Shades of mocha, grey, vintage rose and slate are some all time favorites. Cadburys’ or plum purple bridesmaid dress is a lovely option for winter weddings. For spring weddings, shades of pink and peaches are in. Pastels shades are great for both summer and spring weddings. Black dresses with various lengths are a big hit this season and we're also seeing a lot of floral prints.
- The halter style neckline is very flattering for all body types, be it tall or short, flat chested or busty. Dramatic bracelets or earrings is a good way to accessorize a halter dress. Nice fabric choices include chiffon and satin.
- The A-line style dress flatters everybody. It has a classy, elegant feel adding shape to the slim body and balancing a busty figure. A-line dresses look great in organza, taffeta, faille and satin.
- Dresses in gathered chiffon make the sexiest of bridesmaid dresses. Feminine and overtly classy, bridesmaids look like angels in this style, especially when done in pastel shades.
- Separates have become a big trend and a very useful one indeed especially if your bridesmaids vary in shape and size.
- The biggest bridesmaid dress trend for 2014 weddings is the twist wrap dress. These dresses are made of comfortable material and can be wrapped in different styles. Jersey dresses in this style are all the rage this season.
As I mentioned in part I of this series, up to 60% of what we put on our skin gets absorbed which leads to our bodies absorbing up to 5 pounds of chemicals through our skin every year. If something isn’t pure enough to eat we really should not put in on our body, should we?
It’s inauspicious that manufacturers of personal care products are not regulated and therefore not required to disclose ingredients, toxic or not. Fortunately, many organizations are on top of it and bringing awareness to the issue. Some of these watchdog groups may have a political agenda, but not all of them do.
Agenda or no agenda, much of the information they share is based in science and they do have an important message: do not use products containing harmful ingredients that will compromise your health and threaten the environment.
There are many brands out there claiming to be pure and while they may not contain carcinogens, they do have synthetic fragrances, irritants, endocrine disruptors and other unfavorable ingredients. So what can we do? How do we find products that won’t harm us? We have to be cautious but there are some fabulous lines on the market which I will talk about in upcoming posts and videos.
You can also check the ingredients of your products in EWG’s cosmetic data base. It’s not a complete list of every personal care item out there but it is a helpful resource. I’ll be writing about ingredients to avoid in the near future as well so stay tuned.
It’s not always easy to find suitable alternatives and many of the organic and truly pure, clean cosmetics are way over priced. But there are companies that offer good, safe products such as Ava Anderson Non Toxic. I’ll write about of my finds in upcoming posts. One of my favorite tinted lip balms is by Tarte.
Mascara has been a tough one for me. Do I really want to spend $25 on mascara that flakes off and leaves a smattering of black dust under my eyes when I can spend $7 on Lash Exact by Covergirl that really does give my lashes great volume and length?!
What’s an eco savvy gal to do?! I’m giving Ava and Organic Wear mascara a try, I’ll let you know how they measure up. If you like an earth friendly mascara that works well and doesn’t break the bank I’d love to hear about it.
Lead in lipstick, coal tar in lotions, formaldehyde in shampoo… harmful chemicals are lurking in our everyday products and most of us don’t even know it. If you’ve been reading my blog regularly you know how passionate I am about clean, chemical free living. I make it a priority to use pure, clean products, both personal care items and the products we use in our home.
I love playing with make up. It’s fun to get all glammed up and go out but the stuff they put in most make up is scary. The cosmetic industry is not regulated so manufacturers can include anything they want in their formulations.
Our bodies absorb up to 5 pounds of chemicals each year through our skin which is the largest organ in our body. Up to 60% of what we put on our skin gets absorbed so if something isn’t pure enough to eat we really should not put in on our body.
Because they are not regulated, manufacturers of personal care products are not required to disclose the ingredients so there may not even be a label to read and frankly, reading labels isn’t enough, you have to know what the ingredients are.
Very few people have the time or even the desire to know the scientific properties of dozens of different chemicals. That’s the hard part. But I’ll help you sort it out with a series of posts about chemicals we should avoid in our personal care products as well as our household items.