A trend that’s fast climbing the beauty popularity charts around the world is the use of eco-friendly beauty products. And this trend isn’t only for diehard nature-junkies; because of the wide variety of choices available in the market, there are products for everyone. After all, you have the option of adding chemical-free cosmetics to your beauty regimen and simultaneously protect the environment!
Eco-friendly products don’t harm the environment in any way. They do not lead to pollution or toxicity of nature, during their manufacture process. These products contain plant extracts and other natural substances that are biodegradable and do not allow animal testing. Says beauty pro Shahnaz Husain, “Nature is not only an expert chemist, but also an ideal cosmetologist! Eco-friendly products, like plant ingredients, have a long history of safe usage. They offer the element of safety from harmful after-effects.
Our body responds well to natural ingredients, while it has an in-built resistance to chemical ones. Since many mainstream beauty products use ingredients, that in small doses may not affect us, but in the long-run, can have the reverse effect on our bodies. For eg: Many facial cleansers contain alcohol-based ingredients that end up drying your skin. Knowing your products are chemical-free will ease any worries of allergic and chemical reactions. A whole range of beauty products exist in nature, as plant extracts are remarkably versatile. So now you will find eco-friendly make-up, hair, skin care and other beauty products as well as herbal remedies free from bulking and binding agents.
With the use of cleaner ingredients, comes cleaner manufacturing. Eco-friendly products use a minimum of packaging waste, and are made of post-consumer recycle wherever possible. So the waste that is disposed off after manufacturing natural products is bio- degradable and free from toxins that do not cause harm to the environment.
Natasha Shah, founder of The Nature’s Co, says “Eco-friendly products tend to be slightly more expensive than chemical products. This is mainly because its ingredients are grown organically, or at times, they are made in small quantities. Also, since there is no chemical handling, the process of manufacturing is longer with very stringent quality control norms.” What adds to the cost is the factor that they have a shorter shelf-life than chemical-laden products.