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Go natural with eco-friendly beauty trends

Posted July 19, 2009
Updated July 20, 2009

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— Using organic beauty products is a growing trend with people opting for natural over synthetic.

Allison Beale is among those whose green lifestyle is extending to her make-up. She said she tries to use natural mineral and plant products whenever she can.

"Anything around the face and lips, I like to go as natural as possible,” Beale said.

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Beale shops at Luxe Apothecary at 4209 Lassiter Mill Road in Raleigh. Owner Fiquet Bailey says she started stocking natural products when she opened the shop seven years ago.

"Back then, nobody really cared or knew what they were looking at,” Bailey said. Today, though, a lot of people are going organic with their beauty products, she said.

Angie Ciosek, an esthetician at Premier MedSpa of Raleigh, cautioned that natural isn't always best.

"Not all chemicals are bad,” she said.

Ciosek said many eco-friendly products are not necessarily any better for your skin than synthetics.

"We have to understand that sometimes organic products are not as they claim to be,” Ciosek said.

As with many products, claims about natural ingredients are largely unregulated.

Also, the composition of your make-up isn't the only factor to consider: When trying to be environmentally friendly, it is important to think beyond the project itself.

"You also have to look at the way it's packaged, the way it's shipped, where it's coming from,” Bailey said.

Beale says organic beauty products are pricier but worth the extra cost.

"There's such an emphasis in going organic and going natural in other aspects of your life. And to me, this seems to be the first place to start,” Beale said.

Ciosek also recommended a couple of all-natural home beauty treatments. She said you can brighten and smooth the skin on your hands with a mix of lemon juice, sugar and coconut oil. Ciosek recommended using oatmeal facial masks and cucumbers for puffy eyes.


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  • ohmygosh Jul 20, 2009

    admin4. Right most women are beautiful without the stuff. It also sets a bad example for youth. They need to know how beautiful they are, as they are.

  • devilblue Jul 20, 2009

    all this eco-friendly go green stuff is just the latest craze like bottled water. I grew up drinking tap water and drinking water out of the garden hose and I aint dead yet! It's all a gimmick to get you to buy things that just aren't necessary.

  • ImaBee Jul 20, 2009

    that is such a waste of money

  • Farmgirlnc Jul 20, 2009

    No makeup is the way to go. Why do so many women cake on as much makeup as humanly possible? And cockatiel cheeks do not look good on anyone. I get so many men telling me my skin looks great and that it's refreshing to see a woman without a thick mask on her face. When I do wear a bit of makeup (lip gloss or bronzer) I do use mineral organic.

  • carolinagirl75 Jul 20, 2009

    I have to agree w/ xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx,though I wouldn't go so far as to say don't wear make-up. ; )

    Also, I have to ask as well, what does smoking have to do w/ thsi story?

  • xxxxxxxxxxxxx Jul 20, 2009

    "Not all chemicals are bad,” she said

    And just because something comes out of the ground doesn't mean it's good for you. There are a lot of "natural" things that will be happy to kill you.

    "Anything around the face and lips, I like to go as natural as possible,” Beale said.

    So don't wear any makeup. That's about as natural as you can get.

  • ObamaMustGo aka NCcarguy Jul 20, 2009

    the stuff causes cancer

  • stupiditydeservesnosympathy Jul 20, 2009

    What does smoking have to do with this story.

  • LocalYokel Jul 20, 2009

    smoking cigarettes is bad for your beauty and not eco-friendly. It gives you wrinkles, bad breath, yellow teeth, and stinky clothes.