Most of us here at MindBodyGreen are conscious of doing all we can to protect the environment. Most of us also do all we can to nourish our beautiful bodies from the inside out. A glowing complexion is a sure sign of a well cared for body; the actions taken towards protecting our planet breed simplicity, mindfulness and hope. Here are three simple steps that will benefit our complexions and our earth in one. What’s not to love about that?
1. Use natural, organic products. By using holistic skincare, far less toxicity will accumulate on the planet as byproducts of our facial care routines, and far less toxicity will negatively affect your complexion in the process. Using organic skincare products with minimal ingredients is ideal, as is using essential oils if your complexion will stand for it. As hard as it is on the planet to absorb all the chemicals of complicated face creams, the same goes for your body. Your energy gets wasted on trying to sort out all the different ingredients in products so aim for “less is more.”
Mixing up face masks at home in the food processor is one of my favorites, too. This saves economically, environmentally (as it's chemical free) and is gentle and beneficial to the skin. A simple favorite is oatmeal, ground to a powder, with honey, yogurt and lemon juice. My rule of thumb with skincare is this: the skin is our largest organ, whatever you apply to your it you are literally soaking in…if you would be completely poisoned by ingesting the ingredients, perhaps they oughtn't adorn your face.
2. Turn off the water whilst washing your face. Not only does this preserve water, which is very important, but it also keeps you from feeling rushed to cleanse and rinse. By not wasting water while you massage cleanser into your skin, you will be more relaxed and dedicated to a full 45-60 seconds of cleansing. This length of time allows the cleanser to permeate the skin's surface and actually remove dirt.
3. Sip water all day long from a reusable canteen. You know all that water you just saved by turning off the sink? Drink it. Purify it, fill up your canteen, refill it and refill it again. Not only will you be doing the earth an immense favor by protecting it from the terrifying build-up of plastic bottles, but you will also be dousing your glowing complexion with hydration from the inside out. We are mostly comprised of water and our skin loooooves water. What good is that gentle, organic, nourishing créme going to do if the skin is not hydrated from the inside as well?
Incorporate these simple, gentle steps into your life and enjoy a healthier complexion and happier planet.