Transitioning to the use of natural and organic body care products or going green is easier than you may think. As with any transition, it’s important to first know whether or not green products are right for you by doing your research. There are plenty of green products to choose from and information available to help you figure out where to start. As an additional layer of support, our team has provided information for you to consider about your upcoming journey:
Beginning to use green products means that you will be using products with a reduced quantity (number and volume) of artificial ingredients. These artificial ingredients impact the body in very real ways (hormones, skin texture, dermal hydration, dullness of skin, etc.) So going green may mean that you’ll realize changes in your body and its required care routine. For example, you may have dry skin now but once you start using green products, your skin type may become normal. This change would potentially require the use of a new, lighter moisturizer and change the frequency in which you apply it.
It will take a while for the body to adjust, so changes may occur over a span of several weeks. During this time, your body is getting acclimated to the lack of exposure to the artificial ingredients. Your skin may be oily for a few days, then be normal for a few days then go back to being oily. So, be open to trying different products until you find what’s right for you. Note: Unless there is a health issue or realized allergic reaction, sticking with a product for three to five days will help you properly understand its affects on the body.
Artificial products contain ingredients that manufacture a desired outcome whereas green products use plant-based ingredients known for having properties that create a desired outcome. For example, you may sweat more while using a green deodorant vs. an antiperspirant. Antiperspirants block the body’s ability to sweat, thus helping to prevent odor. Green deodorants allow the body to function as naturally designed, excrete sweat to cool itself. Although the body may be cooler, you may initially realize increased body odor. So, finding the right product may require time along with trying several different products until you reach to right plant-based combination. Natural and organic products can be just as effective as their artificial counterparts. So, don’t give up or become discouraged.
Green products are a little pricier than artificial products. This is because of availability of resources, cost and availability of ingredients and product development for safety and stabilization. Again, artificial ingredients are man-made to create a specific outcome. These ingredients may be cheaper to manufacture and stretch farther (i.e. create a larger quantity of products) than those of the green counterparts.
It’s important to understand that going green is a commitment and may require a change to your current body care routine. Now that you have some of the basic information, you can start introducing a green product to your body. Have a happy journey!