The first day of Spring is a month away but I am already seeing glimpses of plant-based beauty that lead me to think it’s time to get our skin out of hibernation, starting now. The year 2020 has brought us exciting avenues for skin care especially in the areas of technology, science and dermatology. Most importantly we are now more than ever looking at our lifestyle and making choices based on what kind of life we want to live. Such choices effect our mental and physical health and thus our skin. What’s on the inside of us effects the outside and vice versus, impacting our bodies in health and appearance.
In 2020 we will be looking at more personal and customized skin care practices and routines that influence our sense of well-being, as well as the sustainability of our choices and how it effects our environment. We subscribe to a full spectrum, holistic approach that is good for us and our environment.
Plant Based Beauty is leading and soon to become our norm. Plant based beauty involves:
- Vegan and cruelty free products
- Well-being of one’s self and our environment.
- Customized and personal routines with the aid of technology.
- Sustainability, upcycling, zero waste (Blue movement)
- Beauty merging with physical and mental health
- Old world practices merging with new technology and science
Upcycling is all about repurposing items to extend their life so we can avoid more over-flowing landfills. Sustainability is about streamlining packaging using recyclable and biodegradable materials. Or eliminating outside packaging altogether to make so called “naked” products. The Blue Movement is advocating zero waste and supporting environmental ethics that aim to protect the oceans and water supply.
We also see old world practices like Ayurveda mixed with new world science and technology. This blend of practices can balance the entire body, support digestive health (gut health) and optimize energy level. Science can help boost skin’s good bacteria, called microbiome or flora, keeping skin healthy and the skin’s barrier intact.
The use of technology like digital skin care journals and skin care apps will help us personalize and customize our skin care and wellness practices. Yet, we should always discuss specific skin care concerns with our skin care aestheticians and/or dermatologist for severe cases.
I came across two apps that I absolutely LOVE and they are FREE to download. One is called ThinkDirty. This app identifies any risky or toxic ingredients in any product in their database. They also offer a monthly beauty box! You can also visit EWG’s Skin Deep database and plug in any ingredient and receive a rating on any ingredients. The other app I found is called SunZapp. It can time your UV exposure and send you alerts and reminders when it’s time to reapply sunblock. How cool is that?
It’s an exciting time. We are changing our definitions and beliefs on what beauty is and what is important to us to feel happy and look good. Our lifestyle choices and where we spend our money lead that effort. One thing we know for sure is that plant-based natural skin care is a healthy and sustainable way to always be in style!
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