How long have you been going green with your health and or beauty routine?
I have been going green for about 1-2 years officially or so with my beauty routine.
Why did you decide to go non-toxic & organic and how has it changed your life?
I actually accidentally slipped into non toxic and organic skincare due to my skin reacting to products from my dermatologist as well as over the counter products. My eczema was flaring up and it was hard to use anything without my skin stinging. I found that coconut oil was soothing for my skin and actually healed my skin faster. I began to ponder if conventional products were irritating my skin and essentially doing nothing for me in terms of healing. I was pretty sold from then on and it’s allowed me to not deal with eczema, skin sensitivity or allergies being triggered . Using non toxic skincare and makeup allows my skin to glow more and seems to help it to heal faster and as a result I can use less makeup. It has also helped me to be more thoughtful about what I purchase as well.
What is your go to green beauty product?
Go to Hair: Olive Oil and Whipped Shea Butter
Go to Body Care: Coconut Oil , Body Scrubs from 100% Pure
Go to Skin Care: Juice Beauty Green Apple Brightening Cleanser, 100% Coffee Bean Eye Cream , Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics Vitamin B Enzyme Cleansing Oil & makeup Remover, Acure Organics Brightening Facial Scrub
Go to Makeup: 100% pure Fruit Pigmented Healthy Skin Foundation and Powder, W3ll People Bio Brightener Stick in Moonstone, W3ll People Expressionist Mascara, Jane Iredale Brown eyeliner, I also love the Teri Miyahira Beauty Box Subscription
What does going green mean for you?
Going green represents self care to me because I get to choose ingredients that do not harm me. I get to use nontoxic products that heal my skin and doesn’t wreck my skin. I also get to be more mindful about what I use, and am able to choose products that leave a positive imprint on the world.
What advice do you have for someone who is new to the idea of going green?
- Slowly transition into green beauty. Unless you have the budget for it, it will be costly going out and purchasing all new personal products. Instead as your products run out, take note and consider new nontoxic products that you can transition into.
- Start following green beauty lovers on social media to be aware of brands, products & their performance. If a product interests you then try reading reviews so that you can make a thoughtful and informed decision on whether to purchase.
- Always try samples so you can get a feel for the products and shades prior to purchasing. I always advise to shop at businesses with great customer service and return policy because no matter how well you may research a product it just may not work well for you!
- Always try to reach out to a company if you need with finding your shade of foundation and there are no samples. You can usually send them a photo of yourself (bare faced, in the light) which will help them to assess your skin tone and make suggestions.
How can we keep up with you?
I can be found on Instagram @greenmilamonster
Pinterest at @greenmilamonstr