Get glowing with green beauty helpers that will give you an eco-friendly radiance.
Spring is a perfect moment to detox your bathroom bins, drawers, and makeup pouches and to segue into a clean beauty routine. If you think about it, the recipes for the eye shadow and lip gloss we wear everyday and are absorbed into our skin and should be as clean and natural as what we put in our mouths; unfortunately the cosmetic market is abundant in products that look pretty, but include ingredients you wouldn't ever use in your kitchen. And most times, you want to keep those types of ingredients away from your skin. Whenever possible, try to make a choice that you would feel good about packing in a snack bag. It'll make you feel beautiful inside and out!
It can be a bit daunting to detox all of your products at once, so I asked my beauty guru, Julie Morgan to give us some tips:
1. I recommend starting with the two that are most important: your foundation and lip products. These go directly on the skin, so it's top priority that they have minimal harsh chemicals and are of the highest quality possible.
2. Purify your regimen by eliminating the parabens, mineral oils, phthalates, sodium lauryl sulfate, triclosan, synthetic fragrances, and gluten to make room for purer alternatives that use advanced technology to give you a revitalizing glow. Some specific ingredients to look for in addition to vitamin E, jojoba, and antioxidants are coconut water, argan oil, marula oil, and pomegranate oil, all of which have nourishing, healing, and rejuvenating properties. Ingredients from the botanical family and spice cabinet, such as turmeric or sea salt and seaweed, aid tremendously in anti-aging and reducing inflammation.
3. And while you are detoxing your makeup drawer, don't forget to clean your brushes. Toss out old powders, sponges, mascaras, and lipsticks, and consider going a day or two without makeup and nail polish altogether. Your skin will thank you.
These are mine and Giada's very favorite tried-and-true natural beauty products. I hope you'll give 'em a try!
Aveda Tulasara Wedding Masque Overnight
I discovered this mask in Austin, Texas at my friend's salon, Ruiz. I love the benefits of turmeric which over time, help to even out the skin tone to give a luminous glow! It has a powerful blend of stem cells, and Apricot oil repairs the skin over night while you dream with this mask on. It's wonderful for sensitive skin too!
Beauty Counter Tint Skin Foundation
This foundation will give you clean, glowing skin with light but build-able coverage, and they have a fantastic color range. Giada uses this in her personal routine as well!
Hanalei Beauty Lip Treatment Travel Pack
Kakui nut oil is the secret to rejuvenation and younger looking soft lips. This line is paraben and cruelty-free, and these travel size packs are the perfect size to toss in a purse or clutch.
Juice Beauty #PlantMeAKiss Kit
This line is packed with good-for-you organic, cruelty-free ingredients. Both the lip crayons (Giada's favorite!) and the gloss are super moisturizing for the perfect kissable lip.
Bobbi Brown Cheek Glow Palette
This two-in-one palette comes with both cream blush and illuminator for a healthy, glowing cheek. Giada especially loves the blush!
Dazzle Dry Nail Color 4-Piece Kit
This nail laquer system is quick-dry, non-toxic and comes in a range of colors; plus it includes your nail prep, base coat and top coat for a salon-quality mani and pedi at home.
Beauty Counter Complexion Essentials Brush Kit
Treat yourself to a new set of brushes, especially if it's been a while since you updated yours. This line is great; my go-to!