How to Make Your Beauty Routine More Sustainable
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It’s important to have a beauty routine for clear and fresh-looking skin. In addition, there’s nothing better than knowing that your beauty routine is not harmful to the earth and that it is conserving precious resources.
With the right beauty routine, you’ll be ready to start the day while being eco-friendly and sustainable. If you’ve been thinking about making sustainable changes to your beauty routine but are not sure where and how to start, don’t worry, we’ve got your back!
Here’s everything you need to know on how to make your beauty routine more sustainable.
Reduce Single-Use Products
Single-use products are additional waste we’re generating. Think about how many cotton pads you’ve used in your lifetime and every single of them ended up in the trash. Believe it or not, cotton production has a huge impact on rivers, wildlife, and the whole ecosystem. So, it’s essential to reduce the amount of waste you consume. You can replace one-time-use cotton pads with reusable makeup remover pads. They can be used over 1000 times and they’re soft on your skin, leaving you without skin irritations.
Even this small change can have a significant impact on the planet. When you’re done removing your makeup, simply wash the pad and it will look as good as new.
Look Out for Specific Ingredients in Beauty Products
Did you know there could be potentially toxic ingredients in your favorite face cream? Unfortunately, that’s the reality. Before you purchase a new serum or face mask, do your research, and learn about dangerous ingredients. However, keep in mind that some ingredients aren’t necessarily bad for your skin, but they’re bad for the environment.
It’s important to be conscious of what you’re putting on your body. For example, instead of spending money on expensive hair masks with ingredients you can’t even read, try adding food to your cosmetic routine. Your hair can get shiny and healthy with the egg hair mask. Eggs are full of vitamins A, B, D, and E, so your hair will soak all this up and produce healthy locks.
To be more sustainable, make sure you’re using beauty products that aren’t harmful to the environment around you. Many sunscreens are filled with chemicals that are dangerous for species living in the water, such as oxybenzone. When you put sunscreen on your body and go to take a swim, oxybenzone stays in the water and affects coral reefs, small fish, and other living species.
Reduce Consumption of Beauty Products
One question that can put consumption into perspective is this; when was the last time you used that purple lipstick? We all love having a variety of makeup for every occasion, however, let’s be real, buying a beauty product that’s only going to be used once in a while is not worth it.
To be more eco-friendly and make your beauty routine sustainable, make sure you use what you have before buying anything else. Look for beauty products that can be used often and serve more than one purpose, like blush that can be used on lips, too.
Choose Products With Sustainable Packaging
Choose brands that recycle their content and have eco-friendly packaging. Packaging contributes to a huge amount of waste in the beauty industry. So, look for products that have no or as minimal as possible packaging, such as bar soaps.
One of the most commonly found plastic polymers in packaging is PVC (polyvinyl chloride). PVC is one of the worst enemies of our planet because it is non-biodegradable and waterproof. In addition, it’s been linked to health issues since it contains harmful chemicals, phthalates.
So instead of buying beauty products packed in PVC, look for options made of EVA (ethylene vinyl acetate) or PET (polyethylene terephthalate). Even though they’re not the most sustainable option, too, these types of plastic are biodegradable in landfills.
Now more than ever, it’s important to practice a sustainable lifestyle, including an eco-friendly beauty routine.
Don’t stress yourself and try to do it all at once, instead start researching and slowly making changes. First, use all of the products you already have and then replace them with a more sustainable alternative. Choose recycled and biodegradable materials and products without harmful ingredients for your or the environment. With a sustainable beauty routine, you will live a happy, guilt-free life!
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