There’s been a lot of talk about “greening” your beauty routine in the last couple years. It seems that some very nasty chemicals are lurking in our beauty products. Apparently, products that are meant to nourish our exterior bodies are actually full of ingredients that do the opposite. Huh, I wonder who came up with that “brilliant” idea?
While I’m not about to throw away my drugstore make-up in absolute terror this very second, I am trying to slowly replace some of my conventional products for more natural ones.
For instance, instead of moisturizer I’ve been using oils instead. Namely coconut oil (because it’s cheap and it works) and today I purchased a Grapeseed essential oil for my face for a change.
Okay, and now for a bit of a tangent…
Undeniably using natural products benefit both us and the planet. But it makes me wonder, how much of our obsession with going natural is do to vanity? Companies that produce natural beauty products promote the amazing results of going chemical-free. It’s hard not to be tempted into buying expensive creams and makeup that proudly claim they are much better for us, and in turn, we will look better for choosing them. So what really motivates us to protect our skin and our planet? I typically only go natural when I trust that it works but for some things, like deodorant and toothpaste, I stick to the conventional brands. Does that make me selfish or does every little bit count? I have to ask myself, are my reasons for going natural simply due to vanity? Am I just falling victim to a marketing hype?
I’d like to say no. I’m a firm believer in deriving nourishment from good ol’mother nature. It’s good, I think anyway, to question our motivations for purchasing certain products, especially when said products are very trendy. I try my best to be educated on the products I buy. I’d like to think it comes from an honest place of concern for the planet and my (and my family’s) health.
What do you think? If you have some thoughts about the health and vanity connection, please share!