Watch Out for “Washed” Out

Green organic skin wash  on bamboo table and a woman splashing water on her face.

“Greenwashed” products claim to be environmentally sound and credible by using words in their advertisements such as “organic” and “natural.” The only way to be sure that you are purchasing products that are 100% natural is to read the labels. A helpful hint: if you can’t pronounce what you read in the ingredients list, the product is most likely not all-natural. Here are four things to shop for to keep your skin natural and chemical-free.

1) Look for products containing emollients such as almond oil or beeswax; these are plant-based oils that help heal the skin.

2) Look for essential preservatives like vitamins A, C, and E, grapefruit seed extract, and honey. Preservatives in organic products prevent bacteria growth and oxidation.

3) Shop for natural soaps such as yucca extract, soapwort and soapberry.

These organic ingredients dissolve oils and dirt.

4) Natural fragrances such as chamomile, lemon, grapefruit and vanilla are usually derived from certified essential oils and also contain skin-renewal properties.

Cosmetics in greenwashed masks are hazardous to the environment as well as your skin. Shop for environmentally safe products: these will revive your body and leave your skin naturally glowing!

GBG’s CEO, Kate L. Harrison, has a JD in Environmental Law and a Master’s from Yale in Environmental Policy. She planned her own green wedding in 2007 and wrote the best selling green wedding book The Green Bride Guide: How to Plan an Earth-Friendly Wedding on Any Budget. In 2009, she founded www.greenbrideguide.com to help couples use their weddings to promote social and environmental change while supporting the local green economy.

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Kate Kate L. Harrison, has a JD in Environmental Law and a Master's from Yale in Environmental Policy. She planned her own green wedding in 2007 and wrote the best selling green wedding book The Green Bride Guide: How to Plan an Earth-Friendly Wedding on Any Budget. In 2009, she founded www.greenbrideguide.com to help couples use their weddings to promote social and environmental change and support the local green economy.

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