In one way or another, we all try to lead healthy, eco-conscious lives.
And while most of us already recycle and try to avoid using things like plastic water bottles, some of you might be wondering what else you could be doing to help reduce your impact on the environment.
Well, according to TeenVogue, the cosmetics and beauty industries, which boast an average $532 billion dollar global economy, is a significant contributor to waste and pollution.
So with that in mind, we’ve decided to put together this article for all of the eco-warriors out there.
Along with recycling, reducing, reusing, make sure your skin care regimen isn’t contributing to global waste.
Check Your Current Cosmetics Situation
The first step in making your skincare routine more eco-friendly is to take a good look at it and evaluate where you currently stand.
Just keep in mind that the goal here isn’t to simply throw out all of your old makeup.
After all, it wouldn’t be very eco-friendly or sustainable to throw perfectly good makeup into a landfill.
Instead, the key is to take an inventory of the products you use and find out which ones are eco-friendly and which ones you should avoid.
You might want to consider downloading the Think Dirty app, which allows you to scan your cosmetics to easily see if they contain any toxic or harmful ingredients for the environment.
Then, once you have a better idea of which products to avoid, you can start searching for eco-friendly skin and body products.
Search For Eco-Friendly Brands
The internet makes it easier than ever to search for specific types of products or brands.
So take a bit of time to research the more environmentally-friendly brands in the industry.
While many major cosmetic brands aren’t very eco-friendly at all, many smaller brands are now trying to align their products and services as greener alternatives.
Learn more about eco-friendly beauty brands here: https://www.teenvogue.com/gallery/the-best-sustainable-beauty-brands-earth-day
Limit The Number Of Products You Use
With all of the advertising that we’re exposed to on a daily basis, it’s no wonder that most women believe they need dozens of different products to help them stay young and beautiful.
However, when it comes to your skincare and cosmetics, less is often more.
See if you can simplify your beauty routine by eliminating some of the products that you use, but don’t actually need.
A good cleanser, moisturizer, facial oil, and sunscreen are the essential basics you need to keep your skin look healthy, and keep your beauty routine green.
Additionally, using fewer products ensures that you’ll be cutting down on waste at the same time.
Choose Multitasking Products
Although splurging on all of the latest beauty products and makeup can be fun, it’s not really necessary, or good for the environment at all.
So when you are out shopping for new skin products, try looking for hybrid, multi-use products that address two skin issues rather than only one. Think 2-in-1 body washes and hand soaps, for example.
Not only will using multitask products help you cut back on waste, but it’ll also help you save money as well.
If shaving is your preferred hair removal method, you should consider ditching your plastic disposable razors for reusable stainless steel razors.
Also, consider switching to a reusable safety razor.
Safety razors have a protective device placed between the blade and your skin, which helps to reduce nicks, cuts, and irritation while shaving.
A safety razor might cost you a little more upfront than a pack of disposables, but replacement blades are dirt cheap.
You might also want to pair this with a shaving bar, instead of buying wasteful cans of shaving cream. Our Premium Shaving Bar helps give you a close, long-lasting shave, and also helps reduce razor burn, nicks, and cuts.
Reduce Your Product Consumption
When using skin creams and products, try to avoid slathering it on.
In most cases, using a small amount of the product can go a long way if you try to stretch it. This makes your product last longer, saving you money and reducing the amount of waste caused by your skincare routine.
At the same time, it’s important to try and use your products in their entirety.
When your moisturizer starts running low, it might be tempting to toss it out and buy a new container. But this is extremely wasteful and it’s much more eco-friendly to try and use every last ounce of your products before discarding the empty container.
Avoid Running The Faucet
I’m sure we’ve all been guilty of this at some time or another.
But leaving the faucet open while brushing your teeth, washing your face, or shaving can be extremely wasteful.
Instead, turn the water off when you’re not using it and only let it run when absolutely necessary.
It’s also a good idea to try and limit the amount of time spent in the shower. Not only can taking long, hot shower be hard on your skin but cutting down your shower time by 2 to 4 minutes can save up to 8 gallons of water per shower (which saves you money too!).
Eco-Friendly Skin And Body Care Tips
Don’t let your beauty routine contribute to waste and pollution.
Use these eco-friendly skincare tips, and you’ll make sure your beauty is as natural and as green as can be.
Interested in learning more about natural skincare? Download my Complete Guide to Natural Skin Care, and learn all there is to know about keeping your skin happy and healthy naturally.
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