I’ve had severe eczema ever since I was a baby.  After my parents dragged me to countless dermatologists, numerous experts assured them that while I would suffer as a young child, by the time I was an adult I’d have grown out of it.  Well, here I am, as an adult, and I still must live with my skin condition.

Striking a balance between a medical need to moisturize and a desire to be ecologically sound can be difficult.  The upside is that most heavily processed items are both bad for you and bad for the planet, so eliminating the majority of cleansers, make-up, and treatments from your daily routine will make for a double-win.

So what are some natural products that sooth your skin without scarring the earth?

I recently discovered the joys of coconut oil.  It’s naturally packed with vitamins that are easily absorbable through your skin, but what is the ecological impact?  Coconut oil is just what it says on the tin, made from coconut husks  and only needs 538 gallons of water to produce. 

Other natural oils include avocado oil and cocoa butter.  Avocados are very virtual water friendly, needing about 43 gallons per fruit but coming in much more sustainable when imported from their native environment, Mexico.  Coco butter, meanwhile, comes from the same plant that produces chocolate: a high virtual water crop.    Your best bet is to stay away from that product.

There’s more to skin-care than applying oil, however.  Low virtual-footprint products like the aforementioned coconut oil and honey (no virtual water footprint) can replace soaps and make-up removers to help you keep your face healthy and clean.  Just stay away from water-guzzling olive oil

Do you feel like you can’t leave home without makeup?  We’ve got you covered there, too.

Whether you have a clinical condition or you just want to cultivate your naturally healthy glow, caring for your skin and being water-wise don’t have to be mutually exclusive.

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