Clean and green have become two common words in our vernacular of recent times, and not for their original meaning. Clean has become the word to use for products, production and foods that are attempting to eliminate toxins and questionable ingredients and going green is making more environmentally friendly decisions such as to reduce, reuse and recycle.

Personally I have been using my own shopping bags for a long time and have always despised the free light-weight plastic bags and, more recently, the heavier re-useable ones! That being said, I have three children who don’t always think to take bags with them to the supermarket and I have developed a small collection of the re-usable bags selling for 15c each. I did a count and have amassed a total of 21. One of them said “I choose to re-use” and it got me thinking – does anyone really do that?

My collection of bags cost $3.15 – so what? I hear you say. But that $3.15 could have been given to the homeless man in the street trying to raise $45 for a shower and meal for that night. If you think about it, if all of us are buying 21 bags throughout the course of a year, imagine the opportunity. Not to mention that the major retailers have created themselves another revenue stream as a result.

But clean beauty is something I’ve really taken a keen interest in. “Clean” as opposed to “natural” is a better way to describe beauty products

So I try to do my bit going green. I bought the bags to the clinic so as to ensure I’m never without. My other favourite green thing to do at the moment is shop on Facebook Marketplace – for me it’s like what Tinder is to single people. What a great place for people to reuse and recycle! Sure there is a lot of junk on there but there’s also a lot of great stuff at good prices.

The spotlight at the moment is on clean eating and clean beauty. At the soul of clean eating is food eaten the way natured delivered it, or as close as possible – eating more of the best and healthiest options in each of the food groups – vegetables, fruits, whole grains, healthy proteins and fats. I’m not so great at clean eating – I don’t know whether it is because I love food too much or …

But clean beauty is something I’ve really taken a keen interest in. “Clean” as opposed to “natural” is a better way to describe beauty products that are trying to eliminate toxins and questionable ingredients. Mineral make-up pioneers, such as Jane Iredale, have made it their quest from the start to have a clean makeup range. I’ve started using the Jane Iredale range and my personal favourite is the Pure Pressed Base Mineral Foundation. It’s a light sheer matte foundation that looks really natural, is really quick and easy to apply and re-apply. I’m also liking the Moonglow Golden Bronzer with four shades that can be used across eyes and cheeks for a sumptuous look. Both are 100% vegan and cruelty free.

Clean beauty products feel great and can deliver amazing results on the skin. Come and see me in the Clinic for a colour match to get the right mineral foundation for you!

Check out Jane Iredale’s range of cruelty-free skincare makeup. We stock a wide range of Jane Iredale products at Unique Laser.

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