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By Abby Reid

Even during these harsh economic times, more people are making a conscious effort to live eco-friendly lifestyles. Even those who may be accustomed to extravagant and excessive living are attempting to help the environment by recycling, buying organic foods and purchasing products that contain primarily natural ingredients.

On top of trends like a nerd to comic books, the beauty industry quickly followed suit. Many companies, like, Stila, construct their eyeshadows, lip balms and foundations in recycled or reusable paper packaging. Other large name beauty tycoons, such as Origins, create their creams and lotions out of natural ingredients that are both effective and earth-friendly.

Lina Hanson, a talented makeup artist who has worked with such Hollywood gems as Natalie Portman, Jewel, Mandy Moore and Zac Efron, took the green movement one step further by writing a book that specifically focuses on eco-friendly beauty. Born and raised in Stockholm, Sweden, Hanson proves that beauty does not have to equal harsh chemicals and unnatural dyes. Her book, Eco-Beautiful: The Ultimate Guide to Natural Beauty and Wellness, embodies the essence of looking beautiful and being good to the planet.

The innovative book covers everything from earth-friendly brands to foods to promote clear skin and combat wrinkles. Here are a few tips that Hanson follows herself:

Use cucumbers to soothe tired, red, itchy skin.

Sweet potatoes, while also delish and versatile, help speed up the skin cell turnover process.

A homemade face wash that contains lemon juice helps fight oily skin, especially during the summer.

Sure, we know that living eco-friendly isn’t always easy – and we’re not suggesting that you toss out your favorite drugstore brand lip-gloss just yet. But believe us, being good to the earth can make a difference. And you may just feel better about yourself.

Eco-Beautiful: The Ultimate Guide to Natural Beauty and Wellness
By Lina Hanson
Available at http://www.Amazon.com

Originally published June 2009
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