December 09, 2021

How To Make Your Manicure More Eco-Friendly

Get polished with a choice that’s good for your nails and the planet.

We’re all trying to make more conscious choices when it comes to our beauty cabinets. But have you ever considered the impact your manicure has on the planet? Knowing the importance of conscious consumerism to her clients, Sydney beauty expert Jocelyn Petroni introduced The Clean Beauty Manicure, a treatment that focuses on the health of the nail and eliminating elements of the process that aren’t so sustainable.

“This is the ultimate uplifting, wholesome, healthy and eco-conscious beauty treat,” Petroni tells Gritty Pretty. “We are catering to the more conscious consumer by offering manicures and pedicures to clients who would like sustainable beauty options.”

Petroni has trained her staff to adhere to a strict protocol that not only celebrates natural nail health but also excludes the harsh ingredients found in many nail care products and polishes. “We have handpicked products and ingredients that help protect your skin and the environment,” Petroni says, adding that she uses clean products from Swiss brand Mavala in her treatments. “The treatment is curated with completely natural and pure products and incorporates our renowned massage technique and reiki healing, enveloping each customer in the power of personal touch and the ultimate relaxation.”

If you live in Sydney and are able to test out Petroni’s version of The Clean Beauty Manicure, it’s certainly the best of the best (it even begins with a thorough consultation for “a personalised approach taken with each client on their nails”). But if you can’t take a trip interstate or are based internationally, don’t fear—there are ways to incorporate more sustainable elements into your at-home manicure and things to look out for when visiting your local salon. 

First things first, Petroni recommends taking a close look at the ingredients in the products used throughout your manicure to ensure they don’t contain toxic, harmful or drying chemicals—beware of ingredients like formaldehyde, toluene, and dibutyl phthalate. “Ask for a thorough explanation of ingredients and if you have particular concerns, these should be catered for with a bespoke manicure.” Instead, look for natural ingredients, like aloe vera, honey, lemon essential oil and natural keratin treatments which enhance the nail health. Petroni recommends gently exfoliating hands with a combination of raw sugar and olive oil too.

If you can say no to polish altogether, do so. “The Clean Manicure has a naked finish, so no occlusive polish is applied. For two weeks nails will be rejuvenated, glossy and natural.” As for polish remover, this can be one of the harshest steps in a manicure regimen. “Use an at-home nail polish remover that is acetone free and gentle on the nails, something that is non-drying. We use Mavala’s Crystal Nail Polish Remover as it is so gentle and completely acetone free and eco-friendly, in fact safe enough to pour on a plant.” Finish with a natural nail strengthener like CND Rescu RX Keratin liquid. 

Lastly, don’t be afraid to ask your local salon about how they dispose of packaging and other waste accrued during the manicure—Jocelyn Petroni’s option uses 100% biodegradable packaging that’s disposed of mindfully. At home, look for reusable cotton pads like these ones from Paula’s Choice.

December 09, 2021

How To Make Your Manicure More Eco-Friendly

Get polished with a choice that’s good for your nails and the planet.

We’re all trying to make more conscious choices when it comes to our beauty cabinets. But have you ever considered the impact your manicure has on the planet? Knowing the importance of conscious consumerism to her clients, Sydney beauty expert Jocelyn Petroni introduced The Clean Beauty Manicure, a treatment that focuses on the health of the nail and eliminating elements of the process that aren’t so sustainable.

“This is the ultimate uplifting, wholesome, healthy and eco-conscious beauty treat,” Petroni tells Gritty Pretty. “We are catering to the more conscious consumer by offering manicures and pedicures to clients who would like sustainable beauty options.”

Petroni has trained her staff to adhere to a strict protocol that not only celebrates natural nail health but also excludes the harsh ingredients found in many nail care products and polishes. “We have handpicked products and ingredients that help protect your skin and the environment,” Petroni says, adding that she uses clean products from Swiss brand Mavala in her treatments. “The treatment is curated with completely natural and pure products and incorporates our renowned massage technique and reiki healing, enveloping each customer in the power of personal touch and the ultimate relaxation.”

If you live in Sydney and are able to test out Petroni’s version of The Clean Beauty Manicure, it’s certainly the best of the best (it even begins with a thorough consultation for “a personalised approach taken with each client on their nails”). But if you can’t take a trip interstate or are based internationally, don’t fear—there are ways to incorporate more sustainable elements into your at-home manicure and things to look out for when visiting your local salon. 

First things first, Petroni recommends taking a close look at the ingredients in the products used throughout your manicure to ensure they don’t contain toxic, harmful or drying chemicals—beware of ingredients like formaldehyde, toluene, and dibutyl phthalate. “Ask for a thorough explanation of ingredients and if you have particular concerns, these should be catered for with a bespoke manicure.” Instead, look for natural ingredients, like aloe vera, honey, lemon essential oil and natural keratin treatments which enhance the nail health. Petroni recommends gently exfoliating hands with a combination of raw sugar and olive oil too.

If you can say no to polish altogether, do so. “The Clean Manicure has a naked finish, so no occlusive polish is applied. For two weeks nails will be rejuvenated, glossy and natural.” As for polish remover, this can be one of the harshest steps in a manicure regimen. “Use an at-home nail polish remover that is acetone free and gentle on the nails, something that is non-drying. We use Mavala’s Crystal Nail Polish Remover as it is so gentle and completely acetone free and eco-friendly, in fact safe enough to pour on a plant.” Finish with a natural nail strengthener like CND Rescu RX Keratin liquid. 

Lastly, don’t be afraid to ask your local salon about how they dispose of packaging and other waste accrued during the manicure—Jocelyn Petroni’s option uses 100% biodegradable packaging that’s disposed of mindfully. At home, look for reusable cotton pads like these ones from Paula’s Choice.

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