Natural beauty trends focus on multiple benefits and the environment
Green beauty is big business because people are paying more attention to their health and our environment. But unlike older versions, modern green products do more than simply make a statement about protecting ourselves from harmful chemicals. They’re quite effective, fun and often gorgeous – all the while keeping you guilt-free. Take a look at the top green beauty trends for this year:
Clean and green beauty products have already been making waves among consumers. But in 2018, we’ll be paying attention to the ingredients of the packaging itself. Environmentally friendly, biodegradable packaging is becoming easier to find, and its availability will continue to increase.
This is a simple way to make a huge difference to our planet – reducing plastic use makes a big difference in environmental pollution. Some organic beauty companies are creating packaging that can simply be planted in the earth and reabsorbed. No recycling needed!
Green skin lotions have come a long way in the last decade. What used to be clumpy, hard to dissolve creams are now smooth and effective powerhouses of vitamins and antioxidants for your skin.
Without the harmful chemicals in a lotion that travel directly into your bloodstream, affecting your thyroid function and liver, natural lotions allow you to protect your health while enjoying soft skin. Look for ingredients such as olive oil, beeswax, acai butter and essential oils. The best green lotions will have a short list of ingredients you recognize.
Beautiful crystal-infused products
Organic, green products are capturing the way crystals can infuse beauty treatments with spiritual essence. Traditional Ayurveda uses crystal healing, as do many alternative healers. That’s because crystals are known for their energizing, balancing, healing properties – in addition to their sparkling beauty.
Crystals are ground and added to facial creams to clear away debris and promote collagen growth. Larger crystals are also embedded to create gorgeous gem soaps that carry the specific qualities associated with that chosen stone. Bath bombs are also made with crystals to raise relaxation and comfort to a new level.
Facial serums and oils
You really can’t beat green facial serums. The old green serums contained mainly plant-based ingredients and didn’t work as well as the standard facial creams. But the newer serums still use the best of the plant-bases, but they’re also packed with retinol, antioxidants, and beneficial acids.
The availability of green oils has skyrocketed. Suddenly, you can get pumpkin seed oil, borage oil, argan oils and others – used for your hair, face or even your mouth. The enhancing effects of these oils range from brightening skin to drenching moisture, and because they’re clean, you don’t have to worry about licking your lips!
Similar to food trends, green-beauty brands are looking to source their ingredients locally in 2018. Why does it matter? You have more assurance that the product you buy is top quality. Also, ingredients are less likely to lose their effectiveness before being combined and packaged. Overall, that’s a win-win
The environment benefits from locally-sourced ingredients too. Less transportation from source to manufacturing means less environmental pollution from machines and vehicles. In addition, local green products are often created without toxins or pesticides that burden the body and the earth.
Skin care supplements
This year, you can even green-boost your skin from within. Skincare supplements are popping up everywhere, and the best thing about them is their two-for-one quality. Certain supplements contain collagen powder, which boosts skin, hair, and nails. At the same time, collagen has also been shown to help heal intestinal disorders. Green tea acts as an internal sunscreen, protecting skin from the inside out. Meanwhile, this tea – full of antioxidants – also offers protective benefits against cancer and provides an immune system boost.