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Avocados are rich in vitamins and minerals and make a great hair mask. Avocados are rich in vitamins and minerals and make a great hair mask.
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Top Ten Tips to Go Green with Beauty Products

          We ladies may think that all the soaps, lotions, and perfumes make us beautiful and irresistible, but really they are chemical cocktails which are in no way green beauty products. Did you know that 33% of beauty products contain at least one chemical that has been linked to cancer? Companies are allowed to do this because laws don't require them to list chemicals on labels of their products. If you want to improve both your health and the environment, start with these top ten tips to go green with your beauty products.

1.  Use Aluminum Free Deodorant

          Aluminum is one of the main ingredients in antiperspirants because it blocks pores and prevents sweat from exiting the body through them. This may prevent ugly underarm sweating, but it has a host of nasty side effects. Aluminum can create irritation and inflammation, which can spread to other areas. Also, by preventing sweating antiperspirants trap toxins in the body. To smell sweet and be healthy try a green beauty product like a crystal stick with mineral salts or aluminum free deodorant.

2. Try Natural Toothpaste

          While toothpaste is a necessary part of our hygiene, many brands unfortunately contain many dangerous chemicals. These include parabens, which have been found in breast cancer biopsies, and fluoride, which can be lethal in high doses. The amount in toothpaste won't harm you, but also consider that fluoride is put into our tap water as well. Luckily there are many natural toothpastes on the market, or if you really want to simplify, try a bit of baking soda and water.

3.  Go Chemical Free With Hair Care

          We put more chemicals in our hair than anywhere else on our bodies. Shampoo, conditioner, hairspray, gels, the list goes on and on. Hair is extremely absorbent, and all the chemicals you put on your hair eventually make their way into your body. Avoid hair products with formaldehyde, phthalates, and coal tar as well as those with petroleum. If you want a miracle green beauty product that will make your hair shiny and smooth, try apple cider vinegar. One rinse and you'll never go back to the chemicals again.

4. Avoid Products with Petroleum

          Most people are by now aware that our overdependence on fossil fuels is a bad thing. Surprisingly, not many people know how many petroleum products go into our beauty products. Mineral oil, paraffin, and propylene glycol can be found as major ingredients in many beauty products. Look at the label to make sure the products you're using don't contain these chemicals. A good substitute: try beeswax instead!

5.  Avoid Animal Testing

          In one year in Europe it is estimated that 38,000 animals die needlessly while cosmetics companies test products on them. Is that the sort of thing you want to support? Avoid animal cruelty and buy green beauty products with Humane Cosmetics Standard (HCS) label.

6. Use Organic Products

            Many cosmetics are produced using organic methods, which not only save you from nasty chemicals but also the Earth as well. Check for the Eco-cert label or the USDA Organic seal, which ensures that the products really are organically produced. Don't trust a product claiming to be organic without these labels, because there truly is no guarantee that they are.

7. Ditch the Disposables

            We live in an era of one time use. Disposable razors, face clothes, and pore strips are all part of many people's daily routine. Stop filling up your garbage can and replace these items with green beauty products which will last over time.

8. Choose Less Packaging

            There's no good reason why you should buy a lotion that is not only encased in a plastic bottle, but which also comes with a large cardboard wrapping as well. Choose beauty products with the least amount of packaging, and recycle what you can. By supporting companies who believe in minimal packaging, you'll be supporting their practices as well. Don't let the wrapper fool you.

9. Go Fragrance Free

            Many fragrances contain toxin like phthalates which don't have to be listed because of a loophole in federal law. These fragrances can also cause allergic reactions for some people, and are generally full of nasty and harmful chemicals. Ditch the chemicals and buy fragrance free products. If you still want to smell good, but want to use green beauty products, try dabbing a bit of essential oil at your pulse points.

10. Make Your Beauty Treatments at Home

            Of course, the best way to avoid chemicals all together is to make green beauty treatments at home. All you need are some ingredients found at the grocery store and you have a deluxe, chemical free spa at home. Visit the link below to see a plethora of natural recipes.

 

Submitted by SuperGreenMe on Oct 2, 2008