Welcome to a collection of useful links, apps, and things to read to help you on your green beauty journey. Enjoy!
Why Natural Beauty?
Green Beauty is an Act of Defiance | Choosing natural beauty products for yourself is defiance against a system that has long held its own interest above our own—and defiance against an industry that is currently fighting to evade the basic regulatory oversight women elsewhere benefit from. Green beauty is the reactionary force of engaging with cosmetics on one’s own terms.
Cosmetic Safety: 5 Assumptions to Avoid | If the label says NATURAL, it must be fine. Right? Riiiii-iiiiiight?
Toxic Beauty Products: How Daily Exposure is Bad for Your Health | There’s a cumulative effect to the products we use day after day.
Stink! Award-Winning Documentary | It’s an eye-opening documentary about the chemical industry’s aggressive efforts to conceal potentially toxic ingredients in products we use everyday. If you’ve ever used a beauty product with the word “fragrance” on the ingredient list (you have), you need to watch Stink! here at the link!
The Body Toxic | Award-winning investigative journalist Nena Baker’s book examines the phenomenon of chemical body burden. She explores how modern industry and innovation affect our health.
Think Dirty App | Use your phone to scan the barcode of cosmetics to find just how clean they really are. It’ll even give you cleaner options, if needed.
EWG SkinDeep Cosmetics Database | Explore the safety of individual cosmetic ingredients plus over 69,000 products.
Sunscreens: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly | Discover which sunscreens can disrupt hormones, sensitize skin, or are found in mother’s milk. Plus, learn why a higher SPF doesn’t always mean you’re more protected.
Cruelty-Free Company Search | Seeing “not tested on animals” on a bottle doesn’t mean much. You’ve got to dig deeper to find the truly cruelty-free products. PETA has you covered.
Finding the Perfect Product
97 Remarkable Natural Skincare Products | A quick breakdown of The Beauty Proof’s top skincare recommendations, for every age and skin concern. Serums, sunscreens, masks, deodorants and more.
Shopper’s Guide to Natural & Nontoxic Makeup | A no-frills guide to the best makeup out there, ranging from $5 to $85.
Natural Hair Products: An Honest & Independent Guide | All hair types welcome.
The Best Places to Shop for Natural Skin Care, Makeup & Hair Products | Not sure where to find awesomely clean beauty products? These stores have done their homework and curated the very best.
6 Steps to Becoming Green Beauty Savvy | Be your own advocate.
Help for Problem Skin
Skin Cleanse: The Simple, All-Natural Program for Clear, Calm, Happy Skin | This book by Adina Grigore helps readers diagnose and understand the underlying causes of their individual skin problems and offers all-natural solutions—using inexpensive ingredients that can be found at the grocery store.
Jojoba Oil: 7 Ways to Use This Green Beauty Essential | Jojoba Oil is effective for a wide range of skin types and conditions. It’s also my most recommended moisturizer for those in the midst of an inflammatory or autoimmune crisis.
How to use raw honey as a cleanser, mask and exfoliant | It promotes healing and calms inflammation while smoothing and plumping skin. Raw honey also eradicates problematic bacteria while replenishing beneficial bacteria to the skin’s microbiome.
The Hidden Cause of Acne: How Toxic Water is Affecting Your Health and What You Can Do About It | If today’s mainstream medical establishment understood acne as well as they pretend to, adult acne simply wouldn’t be the epidemic it is today. Author Melissa Gallico makes a compelling case for how a lifetime of exposure to fluoridated water, foods, and dental products affect human health and can lead to much more than just acne, like the symptoms of other illnesses such as fibromyalgia and depression.
The Elimination Diet: Discover the Foods that are Making You Sick and Tired—and Feel Better Fast | Because a variety of skin complaints are tied to food allergies and intolerances, I highly recommend this book by Tom Malterre. He leads you through a simple and effective way to discover which foods could be affecting your health and—as a result—your skin.