Making some changes to certain aspects of your life can help the environment, even if just slightly. Below are some easy tips to make your beauty routine a little greener!
GREEN: Cut back on the amount of skin products you buy: fewer bottles of lotion, face wash, moisturiser, etc. It will cut down the amount of unnecessary plastic and product bottles. (If you buy 6 bottles of body lotion a year – 1 for every 2 months – and buy them for 40 years (probably much longer!) you’re using 240 bottles in your lifetime. That may not seem like that much but if there’s a million other people doing the same thing, hundreds of millions of bottles are getting thrown away.
GREENER: Try to buy products from companies that are sustainable (use recycled materials) or use organic materials and ingredients. The less chemicals going into the products (and on your skin), the less that are being processed in factories. As well, try cutting the products you don’t really need and are more of a “luxury”. (Ex: bubble bath, massage oil, etc.)
GREENEST: Stop buying skin products. Make your own face wash, scrub, moisturiser and toner. Oils are great alternatives for homemade moisturisers and toners. Face washes and scrubs are also easy to make there are tons on recipes on the internet or you can play around with what works for you. You can look at some ideas here.
GREEN: Limit the makeup that you buy. Try one of the “makeup challenges” where you restrain from buying products you don’t need and buy only what you really want. You could save a lot money and keep a lot of packaging out of landfills.
GREENER: Use products from companies that use recycled materials, are sustainable (some companies use biodegradable packaging) or use organic materials. Or try going makeup-free 1 or 2 days a week, so you use less and in turn, buy less.
GREENEST: Try your hand at making your own makeup. You can buy pigments from companies online, and some “household” products can work. (Or try even going natural to let your skin breathe!)
GREEN: Choose either cotton pads or cotton balls. Try not to buy both, find which ones work for you best and limit the amount you buy to what you actually need. As well, try not use more than you need when putting on toner, etc. Try to use only one pad for each product you’re applying.
GREENER: Buy cotton items from “green” companies and use only organic cotton (uses less chemicals to process). Buy your cotton products in bulk, that way you’re buying less packaging and potentially save a few cents, too.
GREENEST: Don’t use cotton products, try to find alternatives – using a reusable cloth that you could wash when needed.
GREEN: Only buy one makeup remover – don’t buy one for your eyes, face and the little q-tips, buy one that is good enough to get rid of stubborn makeup. You can look some up online, or I’m sure YouTube would have a few reviews on which ones are good.
GREENER: Find companies that sell makeup remover pads that use organic cotton or buy from companies that are making green initiatives. Use companies that include natural ingredients and use less chemicals (the less chemicals that will go into the environment from the factories that produce them). Or try to buy only the liquid removers and use organic pads; a lot of the cloths you get with removers are too big.
GREENEST: Use oils to take your makeup off, olive oil and coconut oil are both really good for taking off stubborn eye makeup. You can either use the oil cleansing method, or rub into skin until the makeup is lifted and rinse your face. For the oil cleansing method: massage the oil into your skin for a few minutes, wet a wash cloth with hot water and place over face until the cloth has cooled and repeat 4-5 times. You don’t need to rub into the skin since it’s getting steamed by the cloth.
I know a lot of the options for each topic were the same but, I thought it might be good to put different levels to show the options for making your morning and night routines a little more sustainable and eco-friendly!
Tip: The word “organic” doesn’t mean it actually is organic; if it’s not certified organic, you really don’t know if it is or not. (The word isn’t regulated in the cosmetic industry, so they could slap that label on anything!)