Every color carries energy–an aura, if you will–that has the power to affect your energy. There are entire books written on the subject, healers whose life work revolves around interpreting aura colors, and even a branch of science dedicated to the study of color psychology. So, yeah, it’s a thing.
When Psychology Today wrote, “The colors you see influence your thoughts and behaviors–choose the best ones to live your best life,” I had to wonder… What kind of energy are my skincare products bringing to the table? Are the creams and toners lining my bathroom cabinets leading me to my “best life” and best skin? I looked into it, and it turns out that when it comes to green skincare, the answer is a resounding yes.
Green is the color of growth and renewal. Think about it: in the springtime, the Earth reawakens after a period of rest (or death, depending on how morbid you’re feeling) in a swath of green. Green grass, green plant babies and flower buds, green leaves bursting from branches...you get the picture. Now, imagine how powerful that nurturing, restorative energy is when applied to your face.
On a more scientific note, green is known for its calming, stress-relieving, and healing properties. You know “green rooms,” where musicians or TV guests hang out before going on stage? They’re painted that way specifically because the hue reduces anxiety (which, notably, can reduce skin inflammation). This study even showed that people who work in green office spaces had fewer stomachaches–weird, but true–essentially proving that color energy can shape your physical experience.
Finally, green is the color associated with the heart chakra, which represents compassion, connection, sacred truth, and above all, love. Love is the most powerful healing force in the universe. When you reach for Weleda Skin Food or your jade roller, let it act as a reminder to feel into your heart chakra and flood yourself–and your skin–with L-O-V-E. We can pretty much guarantee your face will flourish under the attention; and at the very least, you’ll look at yourself in a softer, less critical way.
What’ve you got to lose? Shop the aura, below.
Weleda Skin Food, $7
A classic moisturizer for face and body that's all-natural and certified organic–and affordable.
Pixi Skintreats Sun Mist, $18
A sprayable sunscreen that works pre- or post-makeup.
Dr. Weil for Origins Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief Soothing Treatment Lotion, $40
A toner packed with soothing, antioxidant-rich mushroom extracts.
Dr. Roebuck's Byron 2-in-1 Mask + Scrub, $30
Use it as a mask or as an exfoliating scrub, depending how much time you have.
Mother Dirt Cleanser, $15
Packed with probiotics to protect your skin's microbiome.
Youth to the People Kale + Spinach Cleanser, $35
The skincare version of "eat your vegetables."
LUSH Herbalism Cleanser, $17
Packed with chlorophyllin from alfalfa plants–AKA, lots of vitamins and minerals.
Pacifica Super Green Detox Kale and Charcoal Facial Mask, $4
A cheaper way to detox than that salad you bought for lunch.