Women's Health OCT > Renee Loux, GREEN your BEAUTY ROUTINE
Pamper yourself with this planet-friendly loot
by Renée Loux, Women's Health Magazine Eco-Guru
Vegan Lip and Cheek Shimmers
Their certified organic ingredients give you a smooth, glossy pucker. $18.99, perfectorganics.com
Burt's Bees Radiance Daily Cleanser
Contains 99 percent natural ingredients that help nourish, moisturize, and exfoliate the skin. $9.99 for 6 oz, burtsbees.com
BareMinerals Matte SPF 15 Foundation
This chemical- and preservative-free formula absorbs excess oil, minimizes pores, and protects skin from pollutants. $28 for 0.3 oz, bareescentuals.com
SpaRitual Nail Lacquers
Choose from a rainbow of high-gloss, chip-proof shades crafted from vegan ingredients and housed in bottles made with 50 percent recycled glass. $10, sparitual.com
Korres Moisture Eye Cream Anti-Dark Circles
Armed with antioxidants such as sunflower oil and shea butter (and made with 95 percent natural ingredients), this cream hydrates skin and soothes eye puffiness. $36 for 0.5 oz, sephora.com
Bamboo and certified-organic plant extracts detoxify skin and gently slough away dead skin cells for a clean, clear complexion. $28 for 1.5 oz, exhalespa.comfor stores
Juice Beauty Green Apple SPF 20 Antioxidant Body Moisturizer
A creamy blend made with 100 percent organic juices, essential fatty acids, and powerful antioxidants keeps skin smooth, glowing, and young-looking. $29 for 10 oz, juicebeauty.com
What does "green" really mean?
To earn earth-friendly status, a beauty product should be plant-based or derived from renewable resources and be manufactured with minimal energy. Plus, it should come in a package made of recycled materials and break down into nontoxic components when washed down the drain. Problem is, lots of "green" goodies lining store shelves fail to meet these standards. To be absolutely positive you're getting a ture green product, look for these logos and labels:
These products contain at least 95 percent organic ingredients that are grown without the use of chemical pesticides, fertilizers or genetically modified ingredients.
NATURAL PRODUCTS ASSOCIATION CERTIFIED
Products contain at least 95 percent natural or naturally derived ingredients that come from renewable resources such as plants. Products are not tested on animals and are packaged using recycled materials.
This internationally recognized certification indicates that 100 percent of ingredients are of natural origin. Product meet environmental standards from formulation through processing.
LABELS TO LOOK FOR
Parabens are preservatives that protect products from bacterial and microbial funk. They require many resources to manufacture, and some can be toxic to the environment and cause skin allergies in certain individuals.
The extraction, processing, and disposal of petroleum-based ingredients such as mineral oil tax the environment. They're also common causes of allergies and contact dermatitis.
No Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
SLS produces the lather in sudsy products like shampoo. But the manufacturing process can create environmental pollutants.
It means the product contains no chemical perfumes - key for people with sensitive skin.