Skin Care

There are so many beauty products out there, it can be hard to make a decision on which ones to use. Some of these products can have harsh ingredients and chemicals that could potentially damage your skin. So how do you know which products are right for you? The truth is: it’s hard to know if you’re getting what you pay for.
That’s why we’ve compiled all of the information you need to know about green beauty skincare and sun care, from what ingredients matter (hint: they’re not always listed on the bottle) to how to protect yourself from sun damage, here.
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Probiotic Skincare

What is probiotic skincare and why should I consider it? Just like in the gut, our skin must try to protect against pathogens invading from the outside environment. When the right balance between good and bad bacteria is lost, it can contribute to skin disorders and diseases. Probiotic skincare is …

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The Best Natural Sunscreen Brands

Healthy sun protection is key this summer! Swap toxic chemical sunscreen full of harmful ingredients for safe + natural sunscreen, aka mineral sunscreen (it’s waterproof!). Find the best sunscreen ratings and reviews here, along with application tips (for lotions and spray) and tricks, for face and body, kids and baby, …

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Savvy Swaps: Toxic Toiletries

Welcome back to our series, Savvy Swaps, where we analyze popular store-bought products and offer up healthier alternatives, without any of the negative additives. Today, we’re tossing toxic toiletries for safer, natural products: toothpaste, deodorant, body wash, shampoo and face wash. These are the products that almost every person, male or female, …

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Savvy Swaps: Toxic Beauty Products

Welcome back to our series, Savvy Swaps, where we analyze popular store-bought products and offer up healthier alternatives, without any of the negative additives. Today, we’re tossing toxic beauty products for safer, natural cosmetics: concealer, foundation, bronzer and mascara. The Truth About Toxic Beauty Products Though most people are willing to …

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Ingredients Matter

Green beauty skincare and sun care products usually have fewer harmful ingredients than most other skincare brands. When you’re looking for a beauty product, the first place you should look is the list of ingredients on the back of the bottle. Make sure to take a close look at what ingredients are listed and avoid products with any common irritants or sensitive skin triggers, like alcohol, fragrances, sulfates, and parabens. These ingredients often don’t need to be listed on the label as they were previously considered “safe” because they were deemed as inactive. However, it has been found that these ingredients can lead to irritation or allergic reactions in susceptible individuals due to their properties such as drying out your skin or irritating your eyes.

Understanding the ingredients

One of the biggest misconceptions about green beauty is that "green" or "organic" means a product is safe for you. But that’s not always the case. Just because a product claims to be organic doesn't mean it’s good for you. It's important to take a look at the ingredients in your products, which are often listed on the back of the label.
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has put together an easy-to-use guide that rates the safety of certain ingredients in beauty products on a scale from 1-10 with 10 being most hazardous. Though some products may have one or two harmful ingredients, they may also have many beneficial ones as well. So don’t automatically rule out any product just because it has a poor rating on EWG's list. In order to make sure you're getting what you pay for, read labels carefully and look at other reviews online before making your purchase decision.

What to look for in skincare products

Do you know what ingredients to look for and avoid in skin care products? In general, there are three things to consider:
What is the pH of the product?
How many natural ingredients does it contain?
What are the preservatives?

Protecting Your Skin From The Sun

Sunscreen is an important part of any skin care routine. It’s the only way to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Sun damage can cause things like wrinkles and age spots, not to mention give you a higher risk for skin cancer. But not all sunscreens are created equal. Some may contain harsh ingredients that will damage your skin in the long run.
Here are some tips to find a sunscreen that won't negatively affect your skin:
-Know what ingredients matter most when it comes to protecting your skin from sun damage
-Use sunscreen that is broad spectrum
-Apply sunscreen at least 20 minutes before you go outside
-Make sure to reapply every two hours or more often if you get wet or sweat
-Choose products made with natural, healthy ingredients
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