Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Making the Switch to Natural Beauty: 3 Tips for Going Green

Want to make the change to clean and green beauty? Congratulations on stepping into a whole new world! Here are my 3 tips to make the transition an easier one. 

Similar to any big change, deciding to take on a clean and green beauty routine has it's challenges and new decisions and is akin to embarking on an adventure. As a clean and green beauty lover for nearly four years now, I can tell you so many wonderful things: My skin has improved, my routine is simplified, and when I try new and organic products and DIYs I feel like I'm really doing good on so many levels. I am more in control about how I look, and have the knowledge and power to find solutions that are both economical and fun.

When embarking on any new life change there are a few things to come to terms with. Realistic expectations and disruption of routine being a few. But - if you are excited about it and have a can-do attitude, you'll find the change is welcome and part of a better-living lifestyle.

Here are my 3 tips for making the Switch to Natural Beauty:

1/ Realize it will take time.
One of the first things I read about clean and green beauty was the book No More Dirty Looks by Siobhan O’Connor and Alexandra Spunt. I whipped through it in a matter of days and was all about getting on with getting natural. However, I'd wake up in the morning and realize that all the products I had in my bathroom were full of ingredients on The Ingredient Blacklist (from the book). It took me some time to research ingredients, decide what I was and wasn't comfortable using in my new routine and then to source and find brands that fulfilled those decisions. Even now, years later, I'm making new decisions and sourcing new products. It's a progression and a lifestyle - but a very fun one at that!

2/ Be Excited to try new things.
Depending on which way you become interested in clean and green beauty, you may find yourself on the purist end of the spectrum from the get-go. This is good - sharing your new found info with friends and family and researching everything you can is amazing, but can be overwhelming. Welcome it. Use this excitement and energy to try things that make you step outside your comfort zone. I tried washing my thin Irish hair with baking soda and apple cider vinegar for weeks until I realized that it wasn't for me. Dropping into the health food store to search high and low for foaming shaving cream helped me discover all the Dr. Bronner's soaps - great natural soaps I still use to this day. Let the switchover be an adventure and try it all - it's the only way you're going to find out what works.

3/ Expect it to change your life.
Change begins as a seed. A seemingly small decision can impact your entire life. Making a positive decision to change the ingredients you place on your body can have an impact on how you feel about yourself and the world around you. Since changing my makeup, and becoming aware and excited about ingredients and DIYs, I've learned to cook, (something I didn't even think I enjoyed - but which I love), changed my diet, adjusted relationships, and am learning and growing as a person daily. I wonder if I would have stumbled on this path any other way. It was what seemed like a small choice that became a whole new way of living for me. Expect that it may be challenging, it will be fun, and it will most likely be the beginning of a brand new you!

Image by Angie Adventure. SP's contributing photographer and food columnist!

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