What Shade of Green Are You?

 

Whether you’re just transitioning into the green beauty world or have been exploring natural and nontoxic for years, it’s always helpful to take a step back and look at the big picture of everything we’re doing to live cleaner, healthier lives.

For me, finding healthier, safer products was rooted in the growth of my family growth of my family to this.

Like many new moms, I became more conscientious about what I was putting both in and on my body during pregnancy, and was taken aback by how many unnecessary and potentially harmful ingredients were in my everyday personal care products.

That’s why Jacq’s Organics will always have a sampling of products devoted to new mamas sampling of products looking for healthy solutions to care for their bodies during this important time.

This newfound search for natural products puts many moms to be in the “light green” category, meaning they’re just stepping foot into the world of organic beauty and are on the hunt for the most effective, luxurious and affordable products to care for their bodies.

Those who aren’t expecting but are prompted to consider going green because of something else — an article, blog post or book they read, or a casual mention by a celebrity or close friend about a new natural product they’re living — are often overwhelmed by where to even begin in their transition to greener products.

This is where I use my years of experience in greener beauty to recommend a few baby steps for those who are new to green.

Going Light Green

When “light greenies” are transitioning, it’s important to first replace those personal care products that are everyday use items that touch the largest amount of skin.

The No. 1 product that comes to mind under this guideline is soap. Most of you are probably showering at least once a day, and are sudsing up with some drying, sulfate-rich soap that’s not doing your skin any favors and could be leading to further irritation and stress on the skin.

I love pointing new customers to two of my most simple yet beautiful soaps in the collection: The Creamy Cocoa Butter Bar to and the Lavender Love Soap Bar. These are my top choices because even though I love all the beautiful soaps in the collection to , the soothing scents of lavender and cocoa are familiar and un-intimidating to the green beauty novice. If soap isn’t the light green beauty’s body cleanser of choice, then I’ll point her to a gentle body wash to rich in shea butter, aloe and cocoa butter to soften and cleanse the skin gentle, soothing suds.

The Detox Period

During this detoxification period and introduction to green beauty, I recommend supporting your skin from the inside out by drinking plenty of water while cleansing, toning and moisturizing regularly. Keep in mind it may take up to a month for your skin to fully detoxify from your old skincare.

When completely overhauling your skincare routine, think about using less in general, and think about what living green means to you. Is it about simplification and minimalism? Is it about a total switch from conventional to organic?

Whatever it means to you from a skincare standpoint should also transition over into your food choices. We’ve all heard that the foundation to great, glowing skin starts with healthy, nutritious food.

While it’s important to use greener products and fewer questionable chemicals for an overall healthier life, it’s equally as important to know and understand what you are feeding your body.

One of my favorite beauty foodies, author Jolene Hart, a clinical health coach, says this in her book Eat Pretty: Nutrition for Beauty, Inside and Out:

“Even if you don’t see blemishes, brittle hair, and dull skin after guzzling down a diet soda, you can be certain that Beauty Betrayer foods are hard at work sabotaging your beauty from the inside and soon enough there will be visible consequences.”

I could not agree more. As the largest organ in the body, what you put reflects both inside and out. Just like food, beauty products made with botanical ingredients are filled with nutrients, vitamins and minerals that help to heal our skin from the outside in.

 

Going Medium Green

Once the light green gets hooked on the power and beauty of naturals and graduates to a “medium green” mindset, I like to introduce her to simple, effective skincare that will ween her off of harsh facial treatments and instead nourish her skin with antioxidants, vitamins and extracts that keep her face glowing and radiant without a host of toxins or irritants doing more damage than good to her face.

I’m always surprised by how many women skip toners, associating them with the alcohol-based, stinging astringent pads of our youth. A common misconception about astringents is that they are too harsh, drying or totally unnecessary.

Botanically based toners, though, are my favorite beauty product to use after cleansing. The ritual of misting, wiping and setting face back to balance is comforting — with the right toner. The right toners hydrate the skin, help minimize the appears of pores, restore the skin’s natural pH balance, reduce acne and remove excess dirt and oil buildup. Can you see why I adore toners?!

It takes a lot to get those new to the “medium green” mindset to give them another shot, but once they have their first mist of a revitalizing toner, they begin to understand the importance of preparing their faces for moisture with these beautiful hydrosol mists, or refreshing their makeup with just a little spritz of calming toner.

Going Darker Green

Once a toner is part of the medium green beauty’s ritual, I like to move her along to a few more serious facial care products reserved for the “darker green” beauty: a daily serum and a facial mask.

While daily moisture and a deep-cleaning mask are mainstream staples, what makes me place these in the “darker green” beauty’s tool kit is the delivery of the actual actual moisture and mask.

Despite their growing popularity, facial oils and serums are still very misunderstood and new to people. Darker green beauties learn look not at the word “oil” in their treatment serums and oils, but in the actual plant and botanical ingredients in their nutrient-rich serums that deliver key antioxidants and vitamins to the skin to protect and nurture it.

Facial oils tend to become an obsession for the darker green beauty who’s on the hunt for the perfect blend for her complexion’s needs, and we’re thankful to be part of a bustling green beauty industry with many options and carefully crafted concoctions. Some of my favorite concoctions in my line originate directly from my own struggle with fussy skin — and my mother’s homemade, effective, natural remedies.

When I was going through puberty and had an extremely bad breakout, the first thing my mom did was go outside cut a piece of stem from the aloe vera plant growing in our yard. She would then take fresh carrots we got from the farmer’s market and grate them. Next, she would cut and peel the skin from the aloe vera to remove the meat and scrub my face with it. Once a week, I’d scrub my face with the fresh aloe vera plant from our garden.

After that, we would use the fresh-grated carrots mixed with the remaining aloe vera meat as facial masks. Every other morning, I drank fresh grated carrot juice and occasionally ate the aloe too to heal my body from the inside out as well.

To some this may seem strange, but this was the norm in our home — and it worked! I no longer had crazy breakouts or blemishes. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, nutrients and phytonutrients that have shown promise in keeping cancer cells at bay. They also stimulate cell regeneration and contain high amounts antioxidants. Carrots are also rich in vitamin K, C and E and help to protect skin from stress, pollutants and free radicals — and you know they’re good for your eyes, too!

While aloe vera is extremely healing and possesses antibacterial properties, it’s also an anti-inflammatory and helps stimulate cell growth. Aloe vera is seven times more moisturizing then water, and also works as a natural astringent to help unclog pores, removing dirt and oil in the process. As a woman of color, hyper-pigmentation is always an issue, which is why the Carrot con Leche Face Oil is formulated to help naturally reduce discoloration and combat dull skin.

This is what led me to, as an adult, bottle up my mom’s weekly, at-home regimen. Carrots and aloe have a special place in my heart — and on my skin!

Dark Green Pampering

Another point of exploration for the “darker green” beauty is in the world of pampering. Gone are the days of plain clay masks mixed with nothing but water.

 Many “deeper green” spa-loving beauties are searching for luxurious at-home treatments for the weeks when they can’t see their facialists. They’re searching for a mask that is truly active and delivers see-it-in-the-mirror results, and that’s why the Green Smoothie Scrub & Masque makes for the perfect addition to the “darker green” beauty’s arsenal.

This deliciously detoxifying mask — inspired by my love for smoothies — deep cleans pores with activated charcoal, rhassoul clay and bentonite clay while smoothing and soothing it with sea kelp and tamanu oil.

It’s like a smoothie for your skin, with nothing but the best ingredients from Mother Nature: detoxifying clays including bentonite, sea kelp and bamboo charcoal that contain magnesium, sodium and potassium. A healing touch thanks to tamanu oil, an antibacterial, antimicrobial and antioxidant-rich oil that’s especially wonderful for acne-prone, discolored, scarred or aging skin.

This powerhouse skin smoothie also contains rich cocoa powder and active ingredients made with lots of love — but await your artful hand, too. Mix up your Green Smoothie Scrub & Masque with any of your favorites liquids. Think organic milk, yogurt, honey or even aloe vera juice for a decadent, customized facial to feed your skin’s needs.

“Deeper green” spa beauties love the tingly sensation and light flush it brings to the skin, and notice the immediate glow and nearly poreless look it brings to the skin. When a “deeper green” beauty can forego the spa in place of her new favorite at-home treatment, you know she’s hooked and a true believer!

What It All Means

No matter where you are on the green spectrum, there are so many little things you can do to begin transforming your skin and your lifestyle.

There’s not a perfect method for transitioning to cleaner, more holistic skincare, but I hope that the ideas and stories I’ve outlined above inspire you to see how you can incorporate natural ingredients, healthier food and happier thoughts into your lifestyle.

I’m always excited to see what products and DIY concoctions my customers and friends choose, be it with Jacq’s Organics products or any of the other beautiful lines out there today. What have you been doing to pamper your light/medium/dark green lifestyle lately? Tell me in the comments, or tweet me to let me know what you’ve been loving lately.

 

xo,

Barbara Jacques

Got a question? Feel free to email us at info@jacqsorganics.com




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3 Responses

Jen
Jen

October 23, 2015

Such a great post. I’m light green for sure.

Marie
Marie

October 23, 2015

Great post. Very helpful

Kerline P.
Kerline P.

September 13, 2015

This article is so helpful. I’m new to green living and this really breaks down the different consumer stages. Thanks. BTW, love your products.

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