This blog mainly focuses on showing better alternatives to the chemical filled products that dominate the market. That's really the fun part of going natural for me. But I think another important piece is using less product, less frequently when you can. This means reducing your exposure, and also being more environmentally friendly. If you question the safety of the products you use, you might also want to question the idea that we need use them all the time. Here are some of my ideas for reducing your use:
- Shower less. Yes, I said it. I'm not talking about letting your hygiene go, but the truth is that many people do not need to shower every day. I think society has this crazy idea that if you don't shower constantly, you are a dirty person. And it's just not true. It's so much easier and greener to shower less. There is the convenience of the extra bit of sleep, and saving the time it takes to style and dry your hair. You also save water and energy. Over time, this can make a real difference.
- Wash your hair less. This goes hand in hand with showering less, and I talk to people about this all the time. I always hear "I'd do that, but my hair gets oily after one day." Here's the trick: for many people, your hair gets oily after one day because you wash it everyday. I've been there. In high school I'd wash my hair every single day, or else it would get oily. But I was insanely busy, and I started to slip. To my surprise, when I stopped washing my hair so often, I stopped needing to! I haven't gone back since. It will depend on the person, but I usually only need to wash my hair two times a week. If my hair happens to get a bit oily between washes, I dab a bit of baby powder or dry shampoo on the roots to freshen up. Soon, I am going to switch to the no shampoo method, and I applaud anyone who has gone this route.
- Ditch the body soap. Awhile back on No More Dirty Looks, I read a post challenging people to lay off the soap for a while. It made it seem like this might be a huge struggle, which I found it really funny because I have never been one to soap up everywhere. Of course you should use soap when you're physically dirty. But if you are not caked in dirt or covered in sweat, you probably do not need to soap up your whole body.
- Use multitasking products. Try using natural skincare oils for multiple needs. One bottle of any good oil can replace hair styling products, moisturizer, lotion, eye makeup remover and shaving cream. I will readily admit that I myself have to work on this one too, but I am trying to keep my skincare buying to a minimum (makeup is another story). Right now sweet almond oil is my go to, and there are a slew of wonderful oils to choose from. Apple cider vinegar is another product I use for many things: you can rinse your hair with it, tone and clean your face, and I even use it to remove underarm odor.
- Skip the makeup on some days. I know this is a pretty counter-intuitive thing to read on a beauty blog, but let your natural face see the light of day sometimes. Even if you don't use clean products, reducing the frequency of use will reduce your exposure to the chemicals in them. Even Snooki takes no makeup days, and if she can do it, anyone can.
In what ways do you use less? I would love to hear some thoughts from others on this topic!