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With spring here, the weather isn’t the only thing that’s in full bloom. With spring and summer being the prime seasons for flowers to blossom, gardeners will have their hands full tending to their gardens. As the sun is normally the hottest and most intense around these seasons, it’s important that gardeners not only pay attention to their gardens but what they’re applying onto their own bodies as well. As gardeners can spend a large majority of their time outside, it’s important to find a eco-friendly beauty routine that’s healthy for both you and the environment.
Whether you’re in your twenties or your forties, skin care is important. Even with all the health benefits gardening offers, it’s important that each gardener takes the proper steps in protecting their skin from harmful rays. The first obvious step is making sure that you’re being diligent about applying the proper amount of sunscreen to your body. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends that you apply your sunscreen 30 minutes before you head out into the sun, and reapply every couple of hours in order to adequately protect your skin. Even though it’s important that we take measures for ourselves, it’s also imperative that we do the same for our environment. In recent years, there has been studies showing that the main ingredient in sunscreen, oxybenzone, is leading to damaging effects for coral reefs. When looking for environmentally friendly skin protection, look for products with zinc oxide or titanium oxide as both ingredients are biodegradable.
Once you’re done gardening for the day, it only makes sense that you’ll want to shower off excess dirt and sunscreen residue. But with many body washes containing chemicals, fragrances and artificial ingredients, it’s worth to find ones that are instead organic, natural and eco-friendly. The next time you’re running low on body wash, consider buying from companies such as The Body Shop or Osmia Organics, as both are environmentally conscious and offer natural-based products.
Hairstyles for gardening can vary. When trying to protect your face from the sun, you can opt for a sunhat or just avoid the hassle altogether and put it up in a bun, clearing all your hair right out of your face. Depending on what hairstyle you’re planning on wearing, the products you use will vary as well.
In order to make your hair routine as eco-friendly as possible, there are a couple of things to consider. The first is reducing your use of water and electricity. Cutting down your shower time can have a huge impact on water waste, this can be with showering less often or just reducing your shower to a minimum of ten minutes. In terms of electricity, the next time you get out of the shower, skip using your blow-dryer and instead consider air-drying your hair instead.
Similar to skincare, another helpful option is investing in eco-friendly and sustainable hair products. When you need to brush out those unruly knots, use a hair brush that’s made with bamboo instead of wood as bamboo is more durable and biodegradable. When looking for hair care products, you’ll want to use products that are paraben-free, sulfate-free and contain no toxic ingredients. Not only will this be a healthier option for your hair, but also for the Earth as well. If you want to change up your hair for the summertime with a new hair color, consider using a natural hair dye like this, from oVertone for a healthy, bright new hue! If you want to keep your hair exactly as is, just use an eco-friendly and ethical kind of shampoo and conditioner. You’ll find through your search that there is no shortage of options available!
Just because you’re outside working all day doesn’t mean that you don’t want to look good while doing it. Don’t be afraid to add a little glam to your day with a layer of mascara or bronzer. Because the last thing anybody wants is to have makeup running down their face, consider applying the “less is more” attitude. By no means do you have to apply a full face of makeup if you’re just going to be sweating it off, instead stick to just the basics and opt for waterproof makeup. If you know that you’re going to be working outside for a significant period of time, wearing waterproof makeup will avoid possible raccoon-looking eyes. When looking for eco-friendly options, look towards brands that are zero-waste and also do their part in making eco-conscious efforts. Makeup company, Credo Beauty is just one of these examples. Not only do they offer clean, cruelty-free beauty products, but they’re also partnered with recycling company, Terracycle, in an effort to reduce cosmetic waste.
You’ll find that by making small adjustments throughout your skincare, hair, and makeup routine, you can tend to your gardens and look fabulous while doing it, all while singlehandedly helping the environment.