Protecting the planet is crucial, and so we must consider this in every aspect of our lives. Overconsumption and earth-damaging products are everywhere, making it difficult to protect the planet. The good news is with a conscious effort it’s easy to make a change. With these ten eco-friendly steps, you can be part of the solution, instead of the problem. Let’s explore ten ways you can make your beauty regime more eco-friendly.
1 . Research your products
If you’d like to make your beauty regime more eco-friendly it’s important that you research your products. Plenty of beauty products contain chemicals that are bad for the planet and for your health. What’s more, not all brands follow ethical practices when creating their products. To ensure that you are supporting the right brands make sure that you do your research.
The Think Dirty app makes the research process much easier. Using this app you can search for personal care products, and access info about the ingredients and brand ethics. You can look up 850,000+ cosmetics using this handy database. You can find out about the ‘dirty ingredients’ in your products, and shop for cleaner alternatives.
2. Recycle your packaging
One of the easiest ways to create a clean beauty regime is to recycle all your packaging. Avoid products that have non-recyclable packaging, and focus on those which are made with biodegradable materials.
Zero-waste stores are a great place to avoid packaging. Often, you can take along one container that you refill each time you buy a product, (for example shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, etc). When you go-green you’ll boost your health and wellness at the same time.
3. Say goodbye to face wipes
Face wipes should be avoided where possible, these disposable products are not biodegradable and create lots of waste. According to 100% Pure, ‘the average makeup wipe takes a staggering 100 years to decompose.’
There are plenty of makeup-removing cleansers that you can use as an alternative to face wipes. Simply purchase yourself a reusable muslin cloth and you’re good to go. For an eco-friendly makeup remover try the ‘Dirty Hippie Cosmetics’ makeup remover. It’s made with witch hazel, castor oils, and pressed hemp seeds.
4. Focus on natural ingredients
When you’re choosing your beauty products focus on products that are made with natural plant-based ingredients. There are so many great products that are made from plants and herbs.
If you’re looking for an amazing product for the skin take a look at Dao Drops Herbal Extracts. The Dao skin drops will improve your skin health, improve elasticity, and cleanse your skin. The drops are made with a vegan formula including ingredients such as dandelion root, sea moss, and milk thistle.
Choosing natural products is an amazing way to take great care of your skin. It’s so important to check what’s in your products and be mindful of your health. It’s also useful to know your skin type, whether normal, oily, dry, or combination. Knowing your skin type can help you choose the right products for you.
5. Make your own products
One of the best ways to clean up your beauty routine is to make your own products. It doesn’t have to be difficult, there are plenty of facemasks you can make using natural ingredients. Here are a few facemask ideas to get you started:
Turmeric & Green Tea
Make a cup of green tea and leave it to cool, add the tea to a bowl, and mix in baking powder and turmeric (one tablespoon of each). Stir the ingredients into a paste, and apply as a face mask. Green tea contains lots of antioxidants which help to keep the skin youthful and supple. Turmeric has both antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, it’s useful to soothe blemish-prone skin.
Avocado & Coconut Oil:
Avocado & coconut oil makes one delicious face mask, simply mix 3 tablespoons of coconut oil and 1 avocado in a bowl. Avocado is packed with vitamins E, A, and D while coconut oil contains vitamin E, and fatty acids, all of these ingredients will help to boost the health of your skin. With the help of this yummy face mask, you’ll get healthy and glowing skin.
6. Use your products sparingly
Looking for a super simple way to be more eco-friendly? Try to use your products sparingly, focus on making your products last from your moisturizers to your lipsticks and shampoos.
Overconsumption is bad for the planet, and so many of us have products that we ever even use. If you have products that you don’t use or have barely used you can donate these to ‘Project Beauty Share’. The project works to provide beauty and personal hygiene products for women who are overcoming poverty, homelessness, addiction, and abuse.
8. Avoid disposable products
To create a sustainable beauty regime avoiding purchasing disposable products, (for example, disposable razors). Invest in a razor that you can use long-term, here are a few eco-friendly picks to check out:
The Leaf Kit, Leaf Shave: This razor is made entirely from metal, no plastic whatsoever. The head of the razor pivots so that you can easily get to those hard-to-reach spots.
Bambaw Razor: You’ll just love this safety razor, it’s a double-edged razor made out of bamboo. It’s lightweight and the head is made from stainless steel.
Preserve Razor: The Preserve razors are made from recycled materials including ocean plastic and yogurt cups. These products are both vegan and cruelty-free.
9. Try shampoo bars
When you use shampoo bars you’ll use less packaging and create less waste. There are plenty of delicious shampoo bars made from earth-kind ingredients. For a few great options, check out these:
Human Kind: These shampoo bars are eco-friendly and come in lots of delicious scents like lemongrass and peppermint. Human Kind bars are ethically made using natural oils, the bar is cured for over a month, your hair will just love this sulfate-free wash!
Meow Meow Tweet: These shampoo bars aren’t only for your hair, they double up as a body wash. Meow Meow Tweet products are both Leaping Bunny certified and fair trade.
10. Simplify your regime
You don’t need a complex beauty regime to look and feel great, keeping your regime simple can help you to use less and go green. Keep your skincare routine simple with a cleanser, toner, and a moisturizer. Choose a few eco-friendly makeup products, and use these sparingly. Some of the best brands for eco-friendly makeup include 100% Pure, Axiology, Fat & The Moon, and Plant Makeup.
11. Try Multi-Purpose Products
Multi-purpose products are a great way to go green. For instance, you might choose a makeup product that works as a lipstick and a blusher. There are lots of multi-use makeup products on the market including:
Superface Multi-Lightful Blush & Highlighter Stick: This product is an eyeshadow, highlighter, and a blush all in one. You can purchase the stick in four shades, from ‘true pink’ to ‘iridescent pearl’.
Tata Harper Volumizing Lip & Cheek Tint: Made with a natural eco-friendly formula, this product can be used as a blusher and a lipstick, if you like you can even use it as an eyeshadow. A few of the gorgeous shades include Peach, Rosy Pink, Ruby.
There are so many ways that you can go green with your beauty and skincare regime. Some of these ideas will even help you to save some money too. Whether it’s making your own facemasks or recycling old packaging there are lots of ways to protect the planet.