In previous chapters, you learned about the functioning of your skin, the dangers of synthetic skin care, and the principles of green beauty. Now it’s time to address green beauty in detail and develop natural, pure beauty routines for your face, hair, and body.
A green skin care routine includes five steps: cleansing (face, hair, and body), exfoliating (face and body), toning (face and hair), moisturizing (face and body), and protection from the elements (face, body, optionally hair). Each step plays its own important role. Skip one, and the results will be far less impressive. If time is running low, you can use multitasking products that will take you through two steps in one simple move.
Unfortunately, not all of us are blessed with the opportunity to spend lazy days in a seaside cottage on a remote beach. City life is ruthless to our skin, and a good cleanser is essential for a clear, healthy complexion. Do we really need a heavy-duty cleanser to make sure that our skin is truly, deeply clean? Not at all! All we need is to get rid of the dirt that accumulates on our face during the day. Remember, our faces are the most exposed yet fragile part of our bodies. If the weather is harsh, you can wear gloves or mittens to cover your hands, and you can wrap a scarf around your neck, but you cannot hide your face under a knitted mask— unless you plan on robbing a bank.
Every beauty book and skin care–related magazine article declares that neither dirt nor chocolate can contribute to skin problems. Well, it depends on what we call dirt. Dirt does not necessarily mean smudges of mud or streaks of dust on a sweaty face. Most often, dirt on our faces consists of airborne particles of soot, smoke, dust, dried sweat, and residue from makeup, sunscreens, and skin care.