It's okay -- you can admit it.
You have more on your mind as an eco-friendly bride than a regular bride does.
For example, you have to worry about where your food's sourced from, what kind of green wedding favors you can hand out, and which sustainable venue will be the best possible for your event.
On top of all of that, you have to worry about how to take care of your skin so you'll have lots of natural beauty on the day of your wedding.
The best way to do this is by using green, natural, or organic beauty products. Fortunately, these types of products are easy to find on the market because so many people demanded them. But this also means you have a lot of options to sort through before you get married.
Here's an easy guide to follow to help you obtain a natural beauty look on your wedding day and help you make the best decisions for your skin:
Quick Note: Start Early
Because skin is an organ, and organs react differently to ingredients depending on the person, you need to start your beauty routine early.
If you aren't already using natural beauty products, it's best to start experimenting with some at least 3-4 months before your wedding. Even the "healthiest" kinds of makeup can have ingredients in them that your particular type of skin doesn't like.
For example, many people break out or get itchy skin from bismuth oxychloride, even though it's used in many mineral powders.
Moral of the story? Start experimenting with products way before your eco-friendly wedding so you don't end up with beauty issues on your wedding day.
Step One: Cleanse & Exfoliate
The day of your wedding, start with the basics.
Wash your face with the cleanser of your choice using gentle, circular motions, starting at the center of your face and moving outward.
Next, exfoliate your skin using a product or even a sponge made specifically for exfoliation (for example, EcoTools makes a Pure Complexion Sponge out of vegetable fibers that works on sensitive skin). Don't use anything that will be too harsh on your skin and cause it to become inflamed or red.
Some women prefer to swap these steps, washing away your exfoliated skin and grime with the cleanser; either way works, so choose what you like best and what you thinks gives you the best results.
Step Two: Pamper & Tone
A face mask is the next step in obtaining natural beauty for your wedding day.
You can use many natural face masks on the market, or you can make your own. Figure out what skin type you have (oily, normal, combination, dry, etc.) and google DIY recipes for face masks for that type. Many oily-skinned masks, for example, recommend using honey and lemon juice to help fight acne and oil buildup.
Once your mask is done, wash it off and apply toner. Many women overlook toner, which is acceptable on regular days of your life. But this is your wedding day! Use a toner that will prepare your skin properly and keep it fresh for the long day ahead.
Step Three: Moisturize
If you forget to do something like a face mask, that's fine. But this is one step you can't ignore.
Moisturizing your face is vital to keeping your skin looking healthy and natural the entire day of your wedding. It'd be unsightly for dry patches to show up on your face in your wedding photos!
Even if you have oily skin, you need to find and use a moisturizer that will keep your skin properly hydrated while at the same time combating oil and shine. Look into companies like Pangea Organics that make moisturizers for different skin types.
As with all of these products already mentioned, test your moisturizer choices in advance using the makeup you plan to use on your wedding day. This will help you find the best combination (and glowing results!) for your skin.
Step Four: Prime
Women have differing opinions on priming their faces before makeup, but for your wedding day, it's a great idea.
It's easier to obtain the natural beauty look you want that will last all day if you use primer. Primer does what it sounds like: it preps your skin so it has a smooth, even surface for makeup application.
Lots of natural beauty lines like Tarte and Bare Escentuals carry options the green bride can feel safe putting on her face.
Step Five: Make It Up
Finally, it's time to make you look like the bride you want to be.
Apply makeup products from organic or natural companies that make your skin look amazing. You or your makeup artist can experiment with these beforehand to make sure they not only work well on your skin, but come in the colors you want for your wedding look.
As with most wedding makeup, go for the natural beauty look by choosing tones that compliment your face. Only go heavy if that's who you are or if it will match the theme/style of your wedding.
For an even more green wedding makeup experience, buy brushes and makeup applicators made from all-natural resources, like synthetic hair and bamboo.
When you're picking out those adorable green wedding invitations, you're probably not thinking that you also need to start picking out your natural beauty products and makeup.
But make sure you do! Once you find the right combination of products to use on your face, you'll end up with the complexion and look you were hoping for on your wedding day.
Do you plan to use all-natural beauty products? Let us know in the comments below!