Skincare routines have become incredibly popular in the past few years, thanks to beauty gurus. You have probably come across Vogue, Harper Bazaar and other major publications sharing celebrities’ beauty regimes.
Indulging a morning or night beauty routine is so much more than vanity. It’s a form of self-care and a way to decompress at the end of the day. But have you ever thought about becoming more eco-friendly with a sustainable beauty routine?
Sustainability doesn’t just have to be a buzzword that you see all over social media. You can make it a part of your lifestyle by incorporating it into your beauty routine. And here are some ways to do that.
Discover Sustainable Brands
With every brand out there trying to advertise their products as sustainable, it can be difficult to find genuinely eco-friendly products. Do your research to differentiate sustainable brands from greenwashing companies.
Try Homemade Products
Unfortunately, the FDA doesn’t have the legal authority to approve cosmetics before they go on the market. Since the beauty industry is majorly unregulated, it can be difficult to verify a brand’s sustainability ethos.
Whether you are questioning a product’s ingredient list or cannot find an eco-friendly alternative, you can attempt to make it at home. Homemade products allow you to control the ingredients and make the product as natural as possible. With some research and the right tools, you can enjoy your pampering sessions guilt-free.
Don’t Buy Mini Products
We understand the allure of mini products that are artfully placed near the cash register. And not to mention, mini products are incredibly convenient to travel with. However, you are creating a lot of waste if you frequently go on trips and purchase mini products every time.
Why do that when there is a much better and cheaper alternative available? You should invest in a set of travel containers. From lip gloss bottles to dispenser bottles, you can easily get your hands on high-quality containers.
Stop Using Face Wipes
When you’ve had a long day at work or gone on a night out, the last thing you want to do is take off your makeup. And that’s when face wipes come in handy. While occasionally using single-use face wipes is okay, don’t make them a part of your daily routine. They are not only wasteful but also do a terrible job of removing makeup.
Instead, we suggest buying reusable cotton pads and facial washcloths. You can use these with a makeup remover or balm to properly clean your face.
Buy Refillable Products
Several brands out there offer customers the option to refill their products instead of buying a brand new container. In addition to reducing packaging waste, buying refillable products can help you save money.
Recycle or Reuse Containers
What do you usually do with empty containers? Rather than throwing them away without a second thought, you should find ways to recycle and reuse them. Many brands offer incentives and rewards to customers in exchange for empties.
Minimize Water Wastage
Whether you are washing your face or brushing your teeth, be mindful of your water usage. Avoid keeping the water running unnecessarily.
Give Away Unwanted Products
Did you buy expensive lipstick only to realize it doesn’t suit your skin tone? Do you receive plenty of PR products? Rather than letting such products go to waste, you should share them with your friends and family or donate them to women’s shelters and other charitable organizations.
The Bottom Line
Switching to sustainable beauty and skincare is far less complicated than you might think. Hopefully, the aforementioned tips inspire you to take a look at your routine and make environmentally-friendly choices.