I may not be the greenest girl in the world, but I do make a conscious effort to do my part in protecting the earth whenever I can. When I was in college in NYC (many moons ago…) recycling was the law and it was the baby step that first introduced me to leading a greener lifestyle. A few years ago I switched all of my household cleaning products to those that are biodegradable and eco-friendly. I’ve found that they are not only just as effective as their chemical-laden counterparts, but they smell amazing-major plus!
The one area that I have struggled to completely green-ify is my beauty regimen. Either the products aren’t effective or they cost an arm and a leg. Luckily, you can find effective, budget-friendly, green skin care at your neighborhood drugstore courtesy of Neutrogena Naturals. The brand sent over some of their products for me try and share my favorites with you!
Fresh Cleansing + Makeup Remover – This pearlescent cleanser foams up when water is added to gently rinse makeup away. I found it to be effective at removing makeup, even on days when I had on foundation, concealer and powder. It even removed my eye makeup and mascara. My skin felt a little dry after, so follow up with moisturizer and/or a hydrating toner.
Multi-Vitamin Nourishing Moisturizer – This is both light and rich at the same time. Sounds crazy, but it totally is! It is very rich and emollient but sinks into your skin almost instantly. My oily skin needs a lighter moisturizer in the summer, so I think I’ll hold off on using this again until Fall. It’ll be perfect then!
Multi-Vitamin Nourishing Night Cream – Again, Neutrogena has somehow managed to make rich moisturizers sink right in! To be a night cream, this actually feels lighter than the Nourishing Moisturizer. I layer this over serums and treatments and haven’t experienced any breakouts, no matter how much I slather on. Love it!
Purifying Facial Cleanser – I liked using this on days when my skin felt particularly oily. It left my skin feeling clean and fresh but, again, a little dry. I followed up with moisturizer and experienced no problem after that.
I must note that these products are quite fragranced. The fragrance itself isn’t problematic, but I tend to be more sensitive to fragrance in products than most people. If you’re the same, give them a whiff before you buy. Other than that, these are a great option for anyone looking to “green” their beauty routine!
NEUTROGENA® Naturals Multi-Vitamin Nourishing Moisturizer is a daily lotion that replenishes essential skin nutrients while providing continuous moisture throughout the day for healthier, younger-looking skin. It contains no harsh chemical sulfates, parabens, petrochemicals, dyes or phthalates.
NEUTROGENA® Naturals Multi-Vitamin Nourishing Night Cream replenishes essential skin nutrients and is fortified with vitamins B, C, E and anti-oxidant omega bionutrients. This nourishing cream is clinically proven to boost skin’s defense against dullness and roughness, leaving it naturally radiant, healthier and younger looking today and in the future. It contains no harsh chemical sulfates, parabens, petrochemicals, dyes or phthalates.
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