Do you ever feel that you have been bombarded by the demands to go “green”? Going “green” and recycling to save the planet is a big thing and getting bigger every day. We all love and want to look beautiful. But look around us, we may be clean and beautiful, but have you been dirtying the environment at the same time? Can we go green with beauty? How can we do that? As an individual, everyone of us have a free choice whether we want to subject ourselves to any potential risk and further increase the burden on our planet. But if you want to make a difference, here are few things you can do:
The rule is quite simple, go for products that contain ingredients with substances that are found in nature, biodegradable and can be incorporated into the planets ever changing life cycle. Use beauty products sparingly. Soaps, bath gels, body washes, and shampoos rinse off from your body, goes down the drain and enters the water cycle.
Read labels carefully. Never flush unused cosmetics, medicines, soaps or shampoos down the toilet. This delivers chemicals directly into the water supply, where they may impact fish and other living creatures. Anything containing solvents, petroleum, or hydrocarbons should not be drained or flushed.
Return unused drugs and prescription beauty products directly to your pharmacist, who can dispose of them properly. Discarded contraceptive patches have shared their effects with the water supply, reducing the potency of male fish. This has been proven, although the jury is still out on whether they may affect humans as well.
Reuse containers, whenever you can. Be creative. How might you use a pretty perfume bottle or a prescription cup? Could you refill those soap pumps instead of replacing them? Look out for hazardous waste collections in your area. Save solvents, flammables, and other chemically-based items for this occasion. Skip aerosols, when you have the choice. Fluorocarbons are a particular environmental hazard. (Remember the vanishing ozone layer?) Plus, aerosol cans cannot be reused or recycled. Use pumps or roll-ons, if you can.
In a recent survey, statistics shown that women gave a variety of reasons why they ditched their newly-bought beauty treats. Here are the top reasons why:
1. They didn’t like the way the products made their skin feel
2. The products didn’t deliver an improvement in their appearance.
3. They tend to discard a product once they had bought a more exciting newer version, whether the original was finished or not.
4. Being absent-minded, they misplaced the new products or putting in a drawer and forgetting that they’d ever bought them
The majority of women admitted to wasting up to RM500 a year like this but some make-up-mad women totted up a loss of more than RM1, 000! With that amount of cash, you could have bought a really nice dress or handbag to cart around all the unwanted lippy and eyeliner, etc. You can change your beauty binning ways – here are some quick tips to get you started.
(1) Try before you buy
Avoid buying on impulse. Ask politely for product testers before you buy. Some companies even have small product samples to hand out to likely customers.
(2) Don’t get carried away by special deals
Buy 1 Free 1 or even 3 for 2; these kinds of special offers always seem like a good idea at the time. What’s worse than being stuck with a bottle of moisturiser that you don’t need or can’t use? You’re stuck with two of them! Try not to get carried away, as cheaper may not always be better. Pick a product you know and like, so that you don’t end up wasting money. So think carefully before you splash your cash on an armful of goodies.
(3) Don’t give up so fast
On average, most women give up on new purchases after approximately five uses. And experts find that this is far too early. As your skin cells regenerate only every four weeks, it will take that long to see if the new product is working. However obviously, if it brings you out in a rash then don’t hesitate to give it up. But if you’re just disappointed that it doesn’t seem to be producing the improvement you’d hoped for, persevere a bit longer before chucking it away.
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(4) Organise a girl’s party and swap products
Invite your friends over and ask them to bring their unwanted products with them. That bottle of leave-in conditioner might make your fine, flyaway locks greasy but it could be perfect for your best mate’s dry, curly mane. Exchange it for her unwanted body lotion and everyone’s a winner. Throw some juice cocktails and party food into the mix and you’ve got yourself a fab girls’ night in. However, do bear in mind, to avoid infection, don’t swap eyeliners, eye shadows, mascaras or lipsticks.
(5) Be Creative
Your new moisturiser is too heavy for your face doesn’t mean it won’t work wonders on your dry, cracked elbows. Or that an overly harsh facial scrub could leave tired feet feeling lovely and soft. Get creative and think of other ways to use unwanted products. For instance, shampoo and conditioner are great for hand washing wool or cashmere jumpers.
(6) Return The Product
If everything else fails, return the product to the shop. After all, you’d expect a refund on a dress that had fallen apart at the seams. Obviously, you can’t demand your money back on an eye shadow or lipstick that simply doesn’t suit you. But if the product has caused an allergic reaction, tell the supplier.
Some companies offers refund any customer who tells them that a product from their company has not made any discernible difference to their skin. Check the website of the makers of your product for more info or contact them directly.
Let us all do our part to save the earth, feel good on the inside and yet look great and beautiful on the outside. Let’s make earth a better place for you and me.
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