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How to Green Your Back-to-School Beauty Routine

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Back-to-school season is officially here, and on top of overhauling your entire wardrobe and planning the move to campus, there’s still a few more tasks to add to your to-do list. Fun fact: the back-to-school hustle is about more than just refreshing your style or getting organized for the upcoming school year. Fall is the ultimate season of transition, so why not capitalize on that and take a moment to reflect on ways to transition your lifestyle and habits for the better? In fact, just think of this as an opportunity to draw up some New Year’s Resolutions – just during back-to-school season instead!

Introducing the sustainable beauty movement, a cause you should definitely add to the top of your list. In essence, the sustainable beauty movement promotes beauty and cosmetic brands that are just as mindful about the planet’s health as they are about your well-being. How can you make the shift? Just seek out eco-friendly products that contribute to the planet’s wellness by curating well-sourced, naturally derived ingredients in the products that you love to use! Consumers can also help reduce their carbon footprint by recycling or repurposing their empty product containers, which helps reduce overall product waste. There’s still a long journey before we as a society change are habits in unison, but we can start by incorporating environmentally-friendly brands and products into our back-to-school shopping carts (and our shopping lists year-round!).

If you’re ready to green your back-to-school beauty routine to be more eco-conscious, there are so many ways to make your regime benefit the environment (and yourself!) this academic year. Here are a few of Garnier’s carefully crafted, paraben-free and sustainable beauty products you can start with to upgrade your current habits.

Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-1

Remove all your makeup and actively clean your skin at the end of a long school day, without the extra work so you can save your energy for homework (and fun) later. Finding the motivation to finish your class assignments can be daunting, but your skincare routine doesn’t have to be difficult—especially since Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water acts an all-in-one cleanser and makeup remover.

Because Garnier’s multifaceted micellar cleansing water doesn’t contain any alcohol, it can give your sensitive and acne-prone pores some necessary relief at the end of your day. The cleansing and makeup removing properties act as a magnet to gently pull away any sweat residue, dirt and grime from your pores, leaving your skin soothed and refreshed – without the unnecessary soap suds and extra work.


Fructis Sleek and Shine Shampoo & Conditioner

While you might be stressing about your fall class, you don’t have to stress about the fall humidity. Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine shampoo and conditioner, with super fruit Morccocan Argan oil, vitamin B3 and vitamin B6, help lock-in smooth hair. If you add in the leave-in conditioner, this triple-threat hair care routine can help you prevent your smooth locks from getting frizzy, even in 97 percent humidity.

The formula, which contains active citrus protein, will help make your hair feel and look healthier, sleeker and chicer for up to three days, which will (thankfully) prolong that long overdue, but necessary, breakup between your hydrated hair and any frizz.


Fructis Style Smooth Blow Dry Anti-Frizz Cream

Amplify your post-shower hair hygiene with Garnier’s anti-frizz cream. The formula, with fairly and sustainably sourced Argan oil, helps control your frizz and protect your hair from heat damage from your straightener, curler and the summer sun up to 450˚F. Start your hairstyle with a dollop of the anti-frizz cream and use your blow dryer and round brush to create a sleek, voluminous, long-lasting blowout that will make you want to go to class. After all, who wouldn’t want to take credit for a salon-quality blowout at home?


Whole Blends Repairing Honey Treasures Hair Care

Replenish your damaged hair with this nourishing blend. Our precious recipe is blend of royal jelly, honey, and propolis extracts, that helps repair the ends of your hair to nourish and prevent split ends. For extra care, use the Honey Treasures Repairing Mask to mend damage and brittleness and strengthen strands. Your hair will be renewed and healthier!


Garnier Nutrisse Nourishing Color Crème

The new school year might feel like it’s still months away, but it’s never too early to start thinking about a back-to-school hair color. Revamp your natural hair color with the naturally nourishing color cream in medium golden brown (we have our eyes on the medium gold brown #53, just FYI).

The fruit oil concentrate, grape seed and avocado oil naturally moisturizes your hair while the formula transforms your hair fibers into a chestnut color. This color crème will leave your hair with a vibrant color and cover 100 percent of any gray hairs, which could come in handy when exam season stress gives you premature gray strands.

While the effortlessly nourishing formula helps dye your hair without any pesky dry hair or split ends aftermath, a repairing hair mask treatment or a leave-in formula can help amplify your hair’s moisture and extend the life of your new hue.

Whether you want to change your hair color, reduce your frizz, make your face-washing routine more efficient, or all of the above, you can easily incorporate green back-to-school staples into your beauty routine and overall make preparing for the new school year more manageable. If you’re inspired to make your back-to-school routine greener than ever, check out the Beauty Responsibly page (insert link here) to learn about more ways to practice sustainability with Garnier products.

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