Ditch the chemicals and go green this season to look radiant, naturally.
By Jaclyn Irwin, CNP
Since spring is a natural time of renewal, it’s the ideal time to refresh our skin and beauty routine. If you’re in the market for gorgeous, glowing and sun-kissed skin, look no further! I’m sharing my top three ways to clean up your beauty routine easily and effectively with some of my favourite green beauty products.
When cleaning up your beauty routine, it’s important to use high-quality, truly natural products to help reduce your exposure to toxins, chemicals and other harmful ingredients found in many commercial skin-care products. You see, what we put on our skin is just as important as what we put in our body since our skin is our largest organ and absorbs approximately 70% of what we put on it. As a Holistic Nutritionist and clean beauty expert, I’ve been on a mission to seek out and experiment with the safest, cleanest products possible. I’ve done the work so that you don’t have to and I’m excited to share my fave finds to help you look fresh and fabulous this spring!
Why Choosing a Cleaner SPF is Important?
Many sunscreens out there contain ingredients that are highly questionable – some are even carcinogenic. So, if we’re concerned with the amount of sun exposure we’re getting, we should also be concerned with the products we are slathering on ourselves as well. Make it a point to look at the ingredients in your sunscreen to ensure they do not contain harmful ingredients. One of the best resources to find out this type of information is the Environmental Working Group (or EWG). I also highly suggest using an app, such as Think Dirty, to easily scan and research ingredients and products.
Some products I use and recommend are:
Suntegrity, “5-in-1” Face Sunscreen: I love this product as it is loaded with antioxidants and has an SPF of 30, plus the tint provides a little bit of coverage which is light but great for spring if you don’t feel like wearing makeup.
Coola, Sport SPF 30: I like the way this one goes on the skin and it helps to keep me protected when I am out and about or in the water.
What about Exfoliating?
If we truly want hydrated and glowing skin, exfoliating is key. Exfoliating regularly is important because it not only helps with hydration but also makes your skin look smoother, which in turn helps your other skincare products work better (and really helps your makeup look even and radiant!). Exfoliating helps to remove dead skin cells, leaving room for the healthy, new cells to show. It also helps to keep your pores clean and helps with lines and wrinkles too.
Some products I use and recommend are:
May Lindstrom, The Clean Dirt: I love this formula as it contains a high dose of vitamin C, which is only activated when used, helping the skin look brighter and smoother instantly and it lasts a LONG time.
Tata Harper, Resurfacing Mask: Although this is more like a peel, it works great at giving your skin a beautiful glow while also improving the texture of your skin.
How to Get that Golden Glow Harmlessly:
If you’re anything like me, you may not tan so easily and may need to fake it a little. Since I generally try to avoid getting sun on my face, I have to rely on products to help me get that golden glow. If you want your skin to look a little sun-kissed during spring and summer, without the nasty chemicals found in some tanning creams or bronzers, then these next two green products can do the trick without harm.
Products I use and recommend are:
Chocolate Sun, Cocoa Glow Sunless Tanner: I love this product – it smells like chocolate (WIN!) and it goes on beautifully, leaving your skin looking sun-kissed and never orange. It’s my favourite sunless tanning product that is created using a blend of organically grown, wild-crafted botanicals and herbs, to truly nurture and hydrate your skin.
Alima Pure, Bronzer: This loose mineral bronzer is buildable to your preference and very lightweight, which is perfect for summer. I love that it doesn’t have too much shimmer in it either.
Now, go get glowing!