Get a Green Anti-Aging Routine


May 24, 2010

Look younger and protect the planet with these 4 ideas

Who knew that lessening your footprint on the Earth is also good for your skin? "Increased amounts of smog, pollutants, and free radicals can prematurely age your complexion," says David Goldberg, MD, a clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Here, simple and smart ways you can make your look-younger routine even greener:

1. Take shorter showers The average lasts 8 minutes and uses about 17 gallons of water. Cutting yours by 3 minutes conserves at least 6 gallons of H2O and keeps your skin from drying out.

2. Buy jumbo sizes Purchase products in bulk, which produces 10% less waste, according to The Green Book.

3. Pick eco-friendly finds Choose brands with recyclable, biodegradable, or minimal packaging. Try Physicians Formula Organic Wear and Smashbox Cosmetics Green Room Collection, with compacts and lipstick tubes that are embedded with seeds-once planted, they sprout flowers.

4. Air-dry your hair "Reducing drying time by even 5 minutes a day saves almost 45 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions each year," says green living expert Sara Snow.

8: Gallons of water conserved each day by turning off the tap while washing your face


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