Most of us try to do our bit for the planet by being eco-savvy consumers, without compromising our wellness in the process. The problem is, there are certain areas in the health and beauty industry which fall short of providing options which are good for us while being environmentally friendly.
So, what happens when your wedding is on the horizon and you want to whiten your teeth or diminish those pesky fine lines, but the green, sustainable or ethical option is not available?
It’s not easy being green
The beauty industry has started to cater to the consumer’s need to use chemical-free products which are healthier for people and planet. It’s still not perfect, and the truth is sometimes the chemical options are much more effective than the green alternatives.
And, when it comes to healthcare, being green isn’t so straight forward. The dental and medical industry has been slow to employ green services and products, which forces consumers to drop certain green standards when it comes to getting the results they want.
The good news is, there are products and services available in the areas which have been slower to adopt green credentials, so that those 100% committed to the eco path don’t have to veer off at certain junctures.
You don’t have to compromise your green standards
In Amercia alone, 9.2 million cosmetic procedures were performed in 2011, and of those 90% were on women. A total cost of US$10 billion.
There are however, safer and less expensive alternatives to the more abrasive procedures on the market, such as LED light therapy and cosmetic acupuncture. Light pens are used for non-needle acupuncture treatments and ‘photo-facials’ are also becoming common in beauty salons, Massage is also a good way to improve skin tone, relax facial muscles and increase blood flow.
Benefiting from the contributions of both Chinese and Western practitioners, cosmetic acupuncture is an effective non-surgical therapy that can reduce or retard the signs of aging by hydrating and plumping up the skin, while nourishing and energising the skin and facial muscles, bringing improvements in muscle tone and skin health and quality.
While preparing for your big day, it’s important to add a good skincare arsenal to your beauty regime. Be mindful of ingredients such as alcohol, Sodium Laureth Sulfate and Mineral Oil which can strip skin of its natural moisture and slow the skin’s ability to create healthy cells.
In recent years, there has been an explosion of wonderful organic skincare brands on the market to choose from. Most organic brands also do fake tans for those who don’t want to use anything with harsh ingredients, along with sunscreens and makeup.
And what about cosmetic treatments for our teeth?
Let’s be honest, when it comes to teeth all our green principals seem to fly out the window but the health of our teeth is fundamental to our overall well being.
However, there are Eco Dentists available, which are committed to reducing waste and pollution, saving water, energy and money. And, manufacturers are now producing green dental products which are just as effective.
And if you want whiter teeth for your wedding, air polishing is a safer and effective option, which uses bi-carbonate soda to blast off stains. The effect is much more natural than having bright white teeth which can look too prefect and overdone.
The proof is out there, there are many safer and green alternatives on the market which help us to protect and care for the planet while nurturing our natural beauty. So, if you want that great smile for your wedding photos, there’s no need to compromise your eco standards.
Megan McAuliffe is a writer, blogger and journalist covering ethical, green and sustainable lifestyles and culture. She writes health related articles for The London Lingual Orthodontic Clinic, and is based in Brighton, U.K., you can find her at @meganeditorial