How to Make Your Skincare Routine More Eco-Friendly
Creating a sustainable lifestyle revolves around making small steps that make a big difference. Whether it’s ditching single used plastic or walking to work, change starts in small ways. If you’re looking to create an eco-friendlier lifestyle, your skincare routine is the perfect place to start. While you’re nourishing your skin, you want to be kind to be the world around us. We’re sharing five ways to make your skincare routine more eco-friendly.
Ditch makeup wipes
Are you guilty of taking your makeup off with a wipe? Makeup wipes not only dehydrate your skin, but they’re a single-use product that ends up in landfills. It takes up to 100 years for a makeup wipe to break down.
Look for eco-friendly packaging
Recycled and reusable packaging is one of the biggest trends hitting the beauty industry. Look out for brands that incorporate sustainability into their packaging, whether it’s cutting down on plastic or creating refillable containers.
Tata Harper’s Water-Lock Moisturizer is one of the first refillable skincare products with a glass jar that utilizes pod refills.
Thanks to social media, we’re all becoming more educated on the ingredients inside our skincare products. Natural ingredients will nourish your skin without causing the environmental harm of chemicals and pesticides. Not only are these ingredients harmful to your skin, but they also damage our biodiversity during the manufacturing process.
Natural ingredients are gentler to your skin and kinder to the environment. You can also look out for skincare brands that carry a ‘fair trade’ certification.
Most of us kickstart our skincare routine by washing our face with cold water and a cleanser or face wash. One of the simplistic steps you can take to make your routine more sustainable is to reduce your water use by turning off the tap.
The U.S. Geological Survey estimates that around 1.7 trillion gallons of water are wasted every year. Turning your water tap off while doing your skincare routine can help reduce this waste and protect animal diversity.
The growing popularity of veganism and lifestyles that emphasize minimalism and sustainability has led to a growth of ‘green’ beauty brands. These brands are vegan-friendly, cruelty-free, and focus on using organic natural ingredients. Most of these brands will also be palm oil-free or use certified RSPO palm oil if needed to reduce its environmental impact.
If you want to invest in your skincare routine, it’s worth checking out brands like Caudalie. They promote “green and rational cosmetics”, with a focus on effective natural active ingredients. Best of all, they’re aiming for zero-waste packaging by 2022!
What steps are you taking to make your skincare routine more sustainable and eco-friendly? Let us know in the comments below!