How To Go Green In Your Fashion And Beauty

It’s hard to do anything without thinking about what impact it will have on the environment. With everyone jumping on the green, eco-friendly bandwagon, you may be wondering what you can do to contribute. Luckily, the fashion and beauty industry is also getting in on the movement so now you can make a difference without having to sacrifice your style.

Already recycle and conserve energy but want to do more? Then go “green” in your beauty and fashion! Accomplishing this is just a matter of substituting the bad with the good and there are many natural alternatives that you can use.

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Natural skincare is no secret but if you’ve yet to make the switch, there’s no time like the present. When reading the labels of natural skincare and other personal beauty items, you’ll more than likely come across the following: beeswax, floral wax, olive oil, distilled water, coconut oil, herbal extracts, safflower oil, herbal clays and essential oils, to name a few.

When it comes to your body soap, you can turn to natural soap that doesn’t contain harmful detergents and other toxic chemicals. If you love animals, you can find natural soap that only contains vegetable and plant-based oil instead of animal-based ingredients. You’ll be able to find skincare cleansers, toners, and moisturizers that are completely made from natural and organic ingredients in specialty stores and many online stores.

Makeup-wise, you can purchase items that are oil-based, water-based or dry formulations for your particular skin type to keep your complexion stellar and ensure that you’re only using skin-friendly ingredients. Natural hair care is also a possibility with organic, non-toxic shampoos that are soap-based and contain essential oils, herbal extracts, and natural cleansers. There are even natural lighteners, pomades, hair dyes, rinses, conditioners and anti-frizz items.

You can even go green with the clothes you choose to wear. There is eco-friendly clothing made of organic hemp, linen, soy, bamboo, cotton, and wool. Stay away from clothes that are made of synthetic materials and blends. White fabrics tend to be made with a lot of bleach (not good) and dyes contain colors that use toxic substances, synthetic chemicals, and heavy metals so stay away from these types of garments as well. Even washing your clothes can be eco-friendly by using cleaning solutions that don’t contain bleach or detergent.

Think that’s all you can do to be friendly to Mother Earth? Turn your accessories into eco-friendly items, too! You can find green jewelry online or in specialty stores. Green jewelry uses gems, stones, and metals that have been recycled instead of standards practices that cause unnecessary pollution. Opt for diamonds that are labeled “recycled,” “conflict-free,” or “free trade.” Other examples of green jewelry include bamboo, clay beads, concrete, stone, and hemp.

Fond of ordering stuff online? Do the environment a favor and instead of tossing out your packages, boxes, and containers, recycle them. You can use them for holding and wrapping gifts or for storage around the house. For your favorite cosmetic products, choose those that can be refilled, that way you won’t be throwing away bottle after bottle or package after package.

It only takes a few small changes in your daily routine to make a difference in how we take care of the planet.

How To Get Your Tough Guy Into The Spa With You

It might not be as hard as you think to get your tough guy to drop the machismo for a few hours and accompany you to the spa. In fact, studies show that nearly a third of all spa-goers are male, so it’s not like your guy is the first one to cross that invisible line he sees between masculinity and femininity. In fact, men have been crossing the line in droves on their way to spas in recent years.

The key is in the marketing. Spas aren’t calling them “manicures” and “pedicures” when the clients are men. They are using terms like “hand detailing” and “golfer’s foot treatment.” And all of a sudden it sounds like something he might need. He plays a lot of golf after all.

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If getting him into the spa with you is something you’d like to do, then here are a few tips to getting him through the door:

Do Some Research

Find a day spa that caters specifically to men as well as women. Nothing is going to send him running for the door faster than the idea of getting his nails done in a chair next to a woman who could be his mother. Find a place that will give him some privacy or at least put him in with some other guys to have his hands “detailed.”

So many men are starting to patronize spas that it will probably be easier for you to find a spa that offers specific services available for men than to find one that doesn’t.

Do Some Marketing

Tell him about the facial treatments and how they can take years off his appearance. But be careful not to make it sound like he looks old. Men are increasingly sensitive about the aging process. More and more guys are interested in looking younger longer and are willing to try a spa treatment if it delivers on the promise of more youthful-looking skin.

If he plays sports (and yes, golf counts as a sport), then be sure to mention rejuvenating and therapeutic effects of a deep tissue massage. In fact, many spas offer specific sports packages that cater to problem areas that develop from various sports. Plus the idea of going through physical therapy might appeal to him more than the idea of a day of pampering.

Do Some Planning

Make the spa trip part of a day spent together – no kids, no work, no in-laws, no worries. Plan a romantic dinner for the evening or celebrate your anniversary or Valentine’s Day that way. And be ready with some follow-up ideas if he enjoys himself. Suggest another spa day or even a spa vacation.

There are a variety of resorts that offer spa vacations that are centered on specific activities like rock climbing in the southwest or water sports in the
Caribbean. Don’t forget golf packages in Mexico and ski packages in
Colorado and Utah.

If he’s still reluctant to go with you, check out some of the men-only spas that feature a man-friendly atmosphere more reminiscent of a cigar bar than a salon. Perhaps after a trip there, he’ll be more open to considering that spa and ski package in ParkCity.

Remember, if you can get him through the door, then your chances of him enjoying it are pretty high. Just ask the millions of men who patronize these spas every year.