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Feb 17

Make Your Bathroom an Eco-Friendly Spa

green bathroom - make your bathroom an eco-friendly spaTake a look at the following chemicals to get an idea of what’s in your bathroom beauty cabinet. These are some of the most commonly found chemicals in cosmetics, and with the DIY beauty remedies that follow this list, you can say bye-bye to them forever!

 

1. Sodium laureth/lauryl sulfates: found in shampoos, shower gels, etc. These are detergents that rank at about 4 on Skin Deep’s 1 (least) to 10 (most) hazard scale. They are, however, an environmental toxin.

2. PEGs and PGs: found in firming lotions, deodorants, mascara, baby powder, etc. They rate between 4 and 7 depending on type on Skin Deep’s hazard scale. Some animal studies have shown tumor formation but the biggest concern is ecotoxicology and irritation to eyes, lungs, and skin.

3. Formaldehyde and parabens: found in sunscreens, lotions, shampoos, etc. These rate 5 to 6 on the hazard scale and have been accused on many occasions of disrupting endocrine systems and developmental/reproductive toxicity. The same properties follow it down the drain to the water system, where fish’s and other animals’ health may be affected.

4. Synthetic dyes: found in anything with F (for food) or DC (drugs and cosmetics) preceding it, usually followed by a color or number. These can cause allergies.

5. Artificial fragrances: Companies aren’t obligated to reveal to consumers what they use to make their colognes or scents. They could be using highly toxic ingredients and it would still be legal.

(For each chemical, I consulted Skin Deep (a cosmetics database dedicated to educating users on the ingredients in their beauty arsenal).

Although you can buy eco-friendly cosmetics, many are still tested on animals and may be a product of greenwashing (i.e. something labeled “natural” very rarely is because there’s no government rule on what’s required of the label). By taking greater control of your ingredients, you’re taking greater control of your life!

DIY Shampoo
• ¼ cup water
• ¼ cup liquid castile soap (I like Dr Bronner’s cruelty-free and vegan varieties)
• ½ tsp jojoba, grapeseed, or other oil (even lavender, which is a natural antiseptic)

Combine these in an empty shampoo bottle (use one of your old ones) and shake before use. It’s not as thick as conventional shampoos but don’t use a lot—the lather surprises you!

DIY Conditioner
• ½ cup organic white or apple cider vinegar (filtered)

• 1 cup water

Combine in an empty bottle and pour onto scalp after shampooing to remove leftover soap and to treat dandruff. Try to bend over in the shower and close your eyes when you’re doing this so it doesn’t just run down your back. The vinegar smell is potent but goes away as soon as you rinse it out.

DIY Facial Toner
• ½ cup unfiltered organic apple cider vinegar

• 1 cup water

Start this treatment with a 5:1 ratio of water to vinegar and move up as your skin grows accustomed. Apple cider vinegar is gold in the natural beauty world—it’s rich in alpha-hydroxy acids for those of you with problem skin, but it also reduces scarring and scaly conditions of dry skin. It regulates your skin’s pH and reduces clogged pores. If you have drier skin, keep the water end of the ratio high; if you have acneic skin, work your way up to a 2:1 or even 1:1 formula, but move slowly. Remember that if you’ve been treating your skin with chemical products like benzoyl peroxide, switching to natural toners will make your skin detox, which means you will break out at first. Ride it through with tea tree oil, which helps acne-prone skin, and look forward to naturally healthy skin.

DIY Moisturizer for Face or Hair
Wash your hair only twice or three times a week—no need to wash everyday and strip your hair of all the natural oils that could be taking the place of the usual chemical gels and moisturizers. Shampooing even with natural stuff leaves my hair dry, though; that’s why I apply a few drops of jojoba oil (mixed with a couple drops of lavender essential oil) once only after shampooing.

Jojoba oil mimics sebum without all the germs that produce acne, so applying it to a freshly washed and toned face will fool the skin into thinking it doesn’t need to produce anymore. Add a few drops of tea tree or lavender oil for problem skin.

DIY Spa Honey Mask
• 1 tbsp Manuka (or filtered organic honey; the darker the better)

• 5 drops of tea tree or lavender oil (for problem skin; don’t add oil if you have dry skin)

When you wake up in the morning, splash warm water on your face and apply this mixture for 15 minutes before rinsing with warm water.

Honey is high in antioxidants, which makes this mask great as an antiaging remedy. It’s also a humectants and antibacterial. If you have dry skin, the honey will moisturize it while cleaning the surface and pores of germs. If you have oily or problem skin, it won’t overdry your skin while cleaning it so it has to produce more sebum. No more oil slick!

 

Author bio:

Maria Rainier is a freelance writer and blog junkie. She is currently a resident blogger at First in Education where she’s been researching both the best paying jobs and the worst paying jobs on the market. In her spare time, she enjoys square-foot gardening, swimming, and avoiding her laptop.

1 comment

  1. spas in san francisco

    Good idea about spa and we can got it easily, it is effective in an Eco friendly manner.

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