Many green-minded gals carefully consider their purchases, big (Prius or Vespa?) and small (stir fry or salad greens?). But living greenly and healthfully is more than just eating well and offsetting your carbon footprint.
Here are four reasons to put just as much thought into what goes on your body as you do what goes in it, whether your mission is to help keep yourself—or the Earth—healthy.
Safety. Your skin is your body’s biggest organ, with more than a billion pores. Plus, more than 60% of what you put on your skin is absorbed into your body. There’s a glut of products on the market containing ingredients like parabens, which has been found in elevated amounts in breast tumors, and propylene glycol, a preservative commonly used in antifreeze and brake fluid, which, according to the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep database, may be linked to birth defects and infertility.
Environmental impact. Natural and organic products make for a less toxic Earth; they avoid chemical preservatives, and synthetic colors and fragrances in favor of natural ingredients, which are better for the environment when they’re rinsed off your face, down your drain, and into your wastewater.
Effectiveness. Organic products have higher levels of natural nutrients and antioxidants than non-organic ones, making them just as effective, if not more so. And, as an added benefit, natural ingredients have fewer irritants for sensitive or allergy-prone skin.
Energy-consciousness. Not only does it take less energy to produce natural or organic beauty products, they are frequently sold in recycled, minimal packaging, which makes for less waste all around. Win!