9 ‘Don’t Wanna Miss Ways’ To Be Green & Gorgeous


It seems like there’s always a new trend on the horizon. And with this revolution in clean green beauty trends, it seems every few months there’s a new product to rave about. Whether it’s the use of superfoods in face masks, edible beauty, or getting your pearly whites from charcoal toothpaste we’re always on the lookout for that new trend that will transcend our beauty regime.

Well, I’m here to foresee the future. Kind of. I can’t tell you whether Adele will ever write a happy love song but I do have nine green beauty trends that are going to be huge in 2017.

1. Collagen skincare drinks

So, how much does collagen really contribute to our appearance? Well, with the majority of our body (including our skin and bones) made out of collagen, a heck of a lot. We all want glowing skin, shiny hair, strong nails and not to mention a healthy digestion. All of this typically comes easier in our youth and slows down by our mid-twenties. This is because our body isn’t as efficient at producing collagen, so we have to find it elsewhere.

Brands such as Bonafide Provisions and Bulletproof provide bone broths and nutrition bars packed with amino-acids and feature a high collagen content. Eating a collagen-rich diet is essential, too. Collagen-rich powders and supplements that are sourced from grass-fed cows, chickens, fish, and, if you’re vegan, plant sources, are also being used as quick and easy ways to pack collagen into the diet through smoothies and juices.

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Bulletproof Vanilla Shortbread Collagen Protein Bars

2. Hyaluronic acid

I don’t know about you, but I see the word acid and I’m suddenly having flashbacks to that scene in Sex and the City where Samantha goes for a chemical facial peel and comes our bright red and blotchy. The word acid alone has me shuddering. But while acid often brings to mind burning and/or melting, hyaluronic acid isn’t anything to fear. In fact, hyaluronic acid is found naturally in most of our body’s cells and works to secure moisture and create fullness with its ability to attract and retain water. As we age, we experience a loosening of skin elasticity; skin starts to sag and those signs of aging we work so hard to prevail start to show. Hyaluronic acid levels decrease, which causes skin moisture levels to drastically drop. So, we need a little help in boosting our levels.

We can amp up our supply of hyaluronic acid with a simple change in diet. By adding soy products, along with root vegetables, fresh fruit and spices, levels of hyaluronic will be enhanced. Alternatively, if you’re looking to boost it via your beauty regime, you can find a range of creams, serums and supplements that all have hyaluronic acid in them, too.

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Poppy Austin Retinol Serum with Hyaluronic Acid & Vitamin E

3. Multitasking Beauty Products

Do you ever look at your stash of beauty products and wish that more of them magically multiplied their abilities? Imagine how much time it would save if our blusher was also a lip stain, or our eyeliner could contour our cheekbones?  Well, now it seems our dreams have become a reality as 2017 is all about those multitasking products.

Brands such as Prtty Peaushun have created products that do more than one thing. Not only does their body lotion contain color to help mask any imperfections, it also includes arnica to help heal bruises quickly, and contains a blend of plant extracts that also help to repel insects and heal sunburn. Pretty good news if you’re a jet-setting glamour-puss, right? But the biggest multi-tasking beauty secret is coconut oil. Sure, we’ve been using it for years now to keep our skin hydrated and with a subtle glow, but the miracle oil does more than just this; it works wonders on the hair. If you have trouble controlling your mane then you can use coconut oil as a shine serum or as a deep conditioner.

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Gressa Lumière: Luminous Complexion Fluid

4. Crystal-Infused Skincare

While ancient medicinal practices have used crystals for thousands of years, in 2017, we’re just uncovering how crystals can be used in skincare. But how much of an impact can crystals really have on our skin? Actually, quite a lot. Energy workers who utilize crystals have sworn for years about their ability to emit vibrations that can energize and heal the skin.

Now, in 2017, you’ll find such products as facial mists, anti-aging skincare, face scrubs, and even deodorants infused with crystal goodness!

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pür M.M.C. Anti Aging Moisture Complex

5. Farm to Skin Products

We all know that eating the right foods contributes to a clear, healthy and glowing complexion. So, if those foods are so good for us why don’t we use them on our skin, too? You may have heard of the farm-to-table trend where restaurants utilize locally grown organic foods instead of foods shipped from afar; the local produce is packed with freshness and is much better for the planet than produce sourced miles and miles away. That same concept is being applied to beauty; face-to-table beauty is officially a thing, and it’s great!

Brands are using seasonal and locally grown produce, often grown on their very own premises, and are using these to make products in small batches, ensuring optimal freshness. But it’s not just produce, it’s superfoods and grains, too. So now not only will we shine when we eat healthy, but when our skin “eats” healthy, too.

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Kypris Clearing Serum

6. Nail Decals

Long gone are the days of the simplistic french manicure. Nails are now coming in all shapes and sizes, and colors.

Whether you want to have your nails long and talon-esque, or short and neat, the decisions don’t stop there. There’s the finish to consider – do you want them shiny or matte? The length may be sorted but what about the finishing shape. Round, oval or square? And just when we thought it couldn’t get any more complex, there’s the new trend of nail decals! Whether you decide to channel Prada and opt for a minimalist stripe down the center of the nail or go all out and cover your nails in crystals and sequins, one thing is for sure – your nails will never be more on trend.

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Nailed Kit Black Festival Decals

7. Probiotics on your face

Sure, probiotics are great for the gut but what exactly can they do for our skin? It all comes down to something called microbiome. If you’re a germ-a-phobe you may want to prepare yourself for this. Trillions of microbes live within us, from our gut to the surface of our skin. Before you reach for the soap and try to rid yourself of them, know that these bacteria are healthy and crucial in maintaining overall health and preventing chronic diseases. And our skin? By maintaining the microbiome living on our skin, we will be helping to protect our skin from breakouts. But it doesn’t stop there. Recent research also suggests that probiotics can help control flare-ups from rosacea and acne, while the good bacteria will also aid hydration for dry and aging skin, help to reduce sun damage, and even improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

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Aurelia Revitalise & Glow Serum

8. Color-Protecting Hair Products

While clean hair products free of sulfates and parabens are wonderful, they’re not quite so great when it comes to treating colored hair. And I’ve witnessed it first hand. I was thrilled to discover my new clean, cruelty-free shampoo only to step out of the shower with my newly dyed locks about three shades lighter; the shampoo had stripped the color and that my new expensive highlights quite literally washed straight down the drain.

Bbrands are waking up to the fact that women want to dye our hair and be able to maintain it with clean products. And this year you’ll find that more brands are offering us products that will help take care of our hair and maintain dyed locks.

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Pureology Hydrate Shampoo

9. Vegan Beauty

It seems every day we’re a step closer to normalizing veganism, with such celebrities as Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth, Nikki Reed, Ian Somerhalder and Olivia Wilde using their celebrity platform to educate others on the vegan lifestyle. So we’re eliminating the animal products from our diet, but what about our beauty?

A beauty product that is vegan friendly not only contains zero ingredients derived from animals (such as honey, beeswax, carmine and gelatin to name a few) it also means that no animal testing took place either. You can now be safe in the knowledge that the products you’re using are not only healthy for your skin, they don’t go against your vegan ethics either.

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RMS Beauty Magic Luminizer

Lora O'Brien

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