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YouTube: Going Green Tag

The Going Green Tag - If you are not interested in watching the video, my answers are below.

What started it all off for you?
About 10 years ago maybe longer, I went through a stage of experiencing rashes on a regular basis. I did a little research on the internet and discovered a connection with certain ingredients and eczema.

What was the first thing to go? (Ingredient or product)
SLS was the first ingredient which I made a conscious decision to ditch from my routine, starting with shower gels, followed by body lotions after I learnt more about mineral oils and parabens.

What are you/did you struggle to let go of?
I didn't struggle to let go because of the constant irritation. In my case using natural products made a difference to my skin very quickly so I was happy to ditch every product I owned.

What has been your best find or change? (i.e a green product or a tip that you're really glad you've found/learnt)
Balms, I can not be without them. Once I realised how nourishing they are on my skin and the benefits of calendula and chamomile I was sold on them. The best tip I've picked up along the way is how beneficial oats can be for your skin especially if you have eczema.

What has been the worst thing about going green? What has been the hardest to transition or find an adequate green replacement of?
Going 'green' with my skincare is easy but in my everyday lifestyle that can be harder. I make an effort to be environmentally conscious whenever possible. Toothpaste and deodorant are the two items left in my routine which I still buy from non-natural brands. Both of these are surprisingly expensive items to replace in cleaner versions so it can become costly trying to find that Holy Grail product. I also have yet to make up my mind about glycerin in toothpaste, it's a common ingredient in both mainstream and natural brands. When I can not find a natural replacement for a product, I do ensure that my brands are at a minimum cruelty free.

Anything else to add? Any tips or tricks to pass on?
Oat baths or oat scrubs are my tip to pass on to those with eczema. Grab some oats, pop into an old sock or pair of tights, place under a running tap and create yourself a milky bath. Alternatively, mix oats with water in palm of hand and used as a body scrub. If you find that a bit scratchy, grind in a blender first or just collect the milky water and rub onto your body. 

Also remember to read ingredients and learn which ones you would like to avoid. Do research via the internet, books or other bloggers with similar standards to your own, remember we are all here to help each other. The Green Community online is really switched on and know their products well, definitely tap into that knowledge, I always do :-)

Of course anyone can take part is this tag but I nominate the following bloggers -

Nicole - Eco Chic Beauty Diva
Dana - Hearty Habits (formerly Live Green Beauty)
Mary - Makeup by Mary B
Ashley - Green Beauty Life
Lilly - Genuine Glow
Sofie - Practically Pure