Six Ethical Beauty Tips Without Going Broke
Keen to green up your beauty routine? Brilliant news! At GoodnessMe Box, we’re all about feel-good beauty. We love using products that are organic, sustainable and free from nasties – because nobody needs to slap chemicals on their skin.
Fun fact: Did you know your skin absorbs 60 per cent of what you put on it?
Here’s how to pamper yourself and doll up the natural way – and do your bit for the environment while you’re at it. #yesplease
1. Start body brushing
Forget surgery or expensive firming creams – if you want to keep your skin in tip-top condition, pick up a body brush. They’re cheap, nifty, and great for smooth, soft skin. Basically, body brushing stimulates the circulatory system and gets the blood pumping all over the body. By ‘waking up’ those nerves that sit just under your skin, it speeds up your body’s lymphatic flow, which is really important for getting rid of waste and toxins. You know how you feel energised and look all glowy after a HIIT workout? That’s the kind of effect body brushing has on the skin. If that’s not enough to convince you, since the brush strokes break down fatty deposits under the skin, they can also work wonders on cellulite.
2. Switch to solid beauty bars
Are you guilty of squeezing out way too much soap, shampoo, toothpaste, and any beauty prod that comes in a bottle? Us, too. It’s such a waste! We swapped to solid beauty bars, and we haven’t looked back. Ethique’s bars get a big green star – they’re super concentrated, meaning they last as long as five bottles of liquid soap. Five! Think of all the dollars saved. Plus, the bars are packed with pure ingredients like cocoa butter and essential oils, and are naturally scented. So if you pick a lemon product, expect it to smell exactly like lemon. Divine. If you’re new to solid beauty bars, our picks are the Ethique Damage Control Shampoo and Ethique Guardian Conditioner. Just wet the bars, slide them down your hair a few times, and then rinse.
3. Reach for coconut oil
Coconut oil is the best multi-tasker ever. Seriously. Not only is it a better cooking oil, but it has deep moisturising properties – making it an amazing, cheap beauty product. Let us explain. Coconut oil has a similar molecular structure to skin, so it actually penetrates your skin and hair, rather than just coating it. It works hard, and smells like that tropical holiday you’re dreaming about. So if you’d like to stick to your budget and turn into something of a green goddess, use coconut oil as an all-over body moisturiser and hair treatment. Hello, hydration – without the greasy feel!
When you’re dealing with a pesky pimple, steer clear of the expensive spot treatments and try tea tree oil. It has – wait for it – antimicrobial, antiseptic, antifungal and antibacterial properties, so it kills acne-causing bacteria. It also unblocks the sebaceous glands to clear out your pores and dry out those pimples. Simply dip a cotton tip into the oil, and then dab it on the blemish.
4. School up on bicarb soda
Humble bicarb soda has loads of beauty benefits. It’s one of our favourite DIY beauty ingredients, and it can be used in these ways:
- Handwash. Baking soda is brilliant at cutting through grease and grime. Tap out a little powder in your hand and add water to clean your hands after, say, slathering coconut oil on your bod.
- Exfoliant. Bicarb is a fab yet gentle natural exfoliant. Mix it with water to use on the body, or with a little face wash to polish delicate skin.
- Dry shampoo. Sporting strands that are on the dirty side? No worries. Sprinkle a little bicarb on your roots, and massage it in to soak up some of that excess oil.
- Teeth whitener. There’s no need to splash your cash on fancy teeth whitening treatments. Instead, brighten up those pearly whites with a paste of baking soda and water. It’ll lift surface stains caused by coffee and red wine.
5. Turn to natural beauty treatments
Got a beauty dilemma? Solve it by foraging in the fridge or pantry for supplies. It’s amazing what natural goodies can do for your skin and hair. For example:
- Avocado makes an amazing face mask. Just mash half an avo with the juice of half a lemon and a tablespoon of Greek yoghurt for a hydrating mask.
- Apple cider vinegar can be used as a soothing facial toner.
- Oats are great for softening rough skin. We love pouring a cup of oats into a mesh bag and dropping it into the bath.
- Honey is antibacterial, so whip up a mask to treat blemish-prone skin.
- Tomato is rich in lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that brightens and calms skin. Pop slices of tomato on your face to heal sunburned or stressed-out skin.
- Cucumber helps to reduce puffiness around the eyes.
6. Go for double duty products
From now on, look for beauty products that do more than one thing. Think: moisturisers that double up as sunscreens, or all-in-one make-up sticks that work as lip tints and blushes. Not only will you save money, but you’ll also reduce wastage. And that always feels good.