The more we learn about the dire effects of growing landfills on the earth, the more necessary it becomes to learn about sustainable beauty practices. However, sustainability can be overwhelming at first - where do you start, and how do you know the products you’re using are just as effective?
Read on for our top 9 tips on how to easily adopt a sustainable beauty routine that’s good for your skin and the environment!
1. Phase to Eco-Friendly Products
We don’t recommend throwing out all your beauty products in a day to replace with eco-friendly products. Not only is that expensive and time-consuming, but without doing the proper research you may be purchasing subpar products. Instead, take the slow approach.
Read reviews of eco-friendly products and consider the products you already use where there isn’t any brand loyalty, such as lotions or hand soap. Remember that you’ll probably have a harder time finding eco-friendly products that match your skin tone or skin issues, so you should focus on what’s easier for you in the beginning.
By taking your time, you’ll find products you truly love that you can stick with that are also good for the environment.
2. Eco-Friendly Packaging
Look for products that use eco-friendly packaging that makes them easier to recycle. For instance instead of plastic, opt for glass, aluminum, bamboo, or cardboard. If you can’t find a non-plastic alternative, see if you’re able to reuse the plastic packaging on your own.
3. Recycling Programs
Remember that some brands offer recycling programs that make it easy and worth your while to recycle. MAC, Lush, Origins, and Kiehl’s offer programs that allow you to receive a free product after recycling an old one. No matter what recycling program or method you choose, keep the lids attached and wash out the packaging thoroughly so there’s no leftover product.
4. Inspect Ingredients
It’s common for brands to find loopholes in their marketing in order to appear as if they’re more eco-friendly than they actually are. However, the ingredient list never lies. To keep it simple, here are a few ingredients that are good to avoid:
- Sodium laureth
- Plastic microbeads
- Artificial colors
- Chemical preservatives
These ingredients are known as possible skin irritants, carcinogens, and endocrine disrupters along with being bad for the environment.
You’ll also want to look out for brands that use organic plant-based ingredients. Not only are these ingredients eco-friendly, but many of them contain vitamins and minerals that are very beneficial for your skin.
However, remember that not all-natural ingredients, especially ones that add fragrance, are beneficial. For instance, ingredients such as almond extract, clove, and rose can cause invisible skin sensitivity that builds up over time.
5. Don’t Leave the Water Running
This is a simple tip but one many of us can forget often! You don’t need the water to be running constantly while you’re washing your face. Instead, squeeze some cleanser onto your fingertips and apply it to your dry face.
Once you’ve thoroughly massaged the cleanser into your skin, wash it off with a warm washcloth. Not only does this save water, but dry washing enables you to use your cleanser to its utmost potential.
Some people find that dry washing improves the texture of your skin and helps minimize the appearance of pores, along with thoroughly washing away dirt and product buildup.
6. Select Multipurpose Beauty Products
Adopting a sustainable beauty routine doesn’t need to break the bank. By selecting products that you can use for more than one purpose, you’re saving money as well as eliminating the amount of waste you produce. Here are a few creative ideas:
- Add a teaspoon of brown sugar to shower gel for exfoliation
- Blush and highlighter can also be used as eye shadow
- Cheek and lip stains
- Eyebrow pencil that can double as eyeliner
The only multipurpose replacement we don’t recommend is your SPF and foundation. Opt for a dedicated broad-spectrum sunscreen before putting on your foundation whenever you’re going outside.
Sunscreen helps prevent premature skin aging and, most importantly, skin cancer. Depending on the sunscreen, it can also work as an effective primer.
7. Reusable Shopping Bags
Depending on where you live in the states, this is another easy eco-friendly tip that can be easily forgotten. Keep reusable shopping bags in your car or your purse in order to have them handy wherever you go.
Plastic shopping bags are bad for the environment because they’re created through non-renewable petroleum products, and they take a minimum of 1,000 years to decompose. When they do decompose, toxic chemicals can leach into the earth.
They’re also particularly hazardous to marine life: sea turtles confuse them with jellyfish and eat them, resulting in starvation. They can wrap around animals and cause strangulation.
Sustainable Beauty: Becoming a Smart Shopper
Adopting a sustainable beauty regime is far easier than many people assume. By slowly phasing out the products you normally use and doing your research on sustainable products, you’ll be able to make choices that you can stick with for years.
Moreover, sustainable beauty routines also make you a more informed consumer. You’ll learn how ingredients and formulations affect your skin. Most importantly, you’ll be able to see past the marketing and hype in order to make informed purchasing decisions that actually improve your skin.
Ready to begin your eco-friendly journey? Check out our organic and eco-friendly skincare products today!