In 2019, we can no longer ignore pressing environmental issues and this has started to manifest in every single part of our daily life. Many people are becoming vegans and paying close attention so that the foods they consume are organic, clothing brands are taking steps towards a more ethical and greener way of production, and of course, the beauty industry has seen plenty of change in the past couple of years as well. These changes are thanks to people’s demand and their determination to change their lifestyle, so the more people decide to go for sustainable products, the more widespread they will become. So, if you feel like it is time that you too start caring about the eco-friendliness of your beauty routine, here are a few tips that should help you.
Assess the products you use
If you really want to make your beauty routine sustainable, a few swaps are going to have to be made when it comes to the products you use. There are some commonly used ingredients in beauty products that you better steer clear of and go for an organic alternative instead. Also, it’s not only about the ingredients of the products but also whether they are cruelty-free and whether the way they are packaged is bad for the environment. Get ready for doing a bit of research on the brands you love to decide whether their practices are worth supporting. From now on, reading labels will be an integral part of shopping for cosmetics. Buying makeup removers that are free of parabens and sulfates and choosing the best natural nail polish instead of those that contain harmful chemicals will be better for your health too.
Mind the packaging
We use a slew of beauty products every single day, and when you think about all the packaging that you end up throwing away every month or so, the amount of plastic and other kinds of waste you produce becomes overwhelming. So, a good idea would be to think about the packaging of a product before you decide to purchase it. For some people, it will be possible to go completely packaging-free. You can switch your shampoo and conditioner bottles to bars and your regular shower gel to soap. In some places, such as Hong Kong, there are stores that offer refills for some products which cuts down on single-use packaging immensely. Stores like Lush also have recycled containers and even incentives that prompt you not to throw away your used containers but return them so that they can be recycled again. So, it’s really up to you to choose products with sustainable packaging.
Swap disposable for reusable
Most of us are used to the convenience of disposable products that we can just throw away when we’re done using them. However, while their reusable counterpart might be more expensive upfront, you will cut down on plastic waste immensely if you forget about single-use items. You can easily swap your disposable razors for one that will serve you for a long time. Instead of throwing out plastic toothbrushes every other month, you can switch to bamboo toothbrushes instead. Since they are gaining traction, you can find them at most places nowadays, but another feasible alternative is toothpaste “tablets” that require no water and are sold in glass bottles to cut back on waste even more. In addition, you throw out several cotton pads on a daily basis after washing off your makeup, but you can easily eliminate this issue by opting for reusable cotton pads or microfiber cloths that you can just throw in the washing machine and keep using for a long time.
Our beauty routines are not just the products we buy but also the way we use them. Therefore, there are steps you can take in the bathroom that will make your beauty routine more sustainable. First of all, never let the tap running. Always turn the water off while you are brushing your teeth or washing your face to waste less of this important natural resource. In addition, using less hot water when washing your hair or taking a shower will also cut back on your energy consumption and it’s actually way better for your hair and skin – hot water strips your hair and skin of their natural oils, after which your hair might struggle in several ways. So, lukewarm water would be the best way to go for your hair, while your showers can also do with a little bit of cold water!
As you can see, there is a lot you can do for our planet by just making small changes to your beauty routine. Contrary to a lot of people’s opinion, every such small change counts in the bigger picture, so don’t shy away from incorporating the aforementioned practices in your daily routine one step at a time.