The beginning of the year is the perfect time to start thinking about ways that you can improve your health, but it is also a good time to look at how you can improve the health of the planet. One of the easiest ways to do this is to reduce our use of skin and beauty products that may be damaging the environment. This doesn’t have to be scary or involve buying all new products because even small changes can make a big impact.
Here are 4 simple tips that you can use to make your skincare routine more earth-friendly this year.
The best tip for making your skincare routine more eco-friendly is to minimise the amount of products you use. Many of us have a bathroom cupboard packed with bottles, tubes of lotions, serums and make-up. Take stock of all the products you own and decide if they are all really necessary. You may want to experiment with wearing less make-up to reduce the amount of products you buy and improve your skin by letting it breathe and avoiding irritants.
When shopping for skin and body care products always read the labels and avoid products with a long list of chemical ingredients. The more conventional products you use the more you impact the environment as these toxins get washed down the drain and end up polluting waterways and impacting negatively on animal life. Choose natural and organic products which contain minimal ingredients and those that you can recognise. The best option is to use natural, single-ingredient items like coconut oil, apple cider vinegar, essential oils, Aloe Vera, beeswax, etc.
Using sugar as a natural body scrub is a great way to get smooth and glowing skin while not impacting the environment. Scrubalicious natural and organic body scrubs are made with minimal ingredients like raw sugar, coffee, coconut oil and essential oils.
There are several disposable items we use in our skincare and body care routine such as make-up brushes, cotton pads and plastic razors which are not made from eco-friendly materials and encourage waste. Opt for eco-friendly make-up brushes made from bamboo and instead of adding piles of cotton pads to landfills get a few good-quality face cloths that can be reused.
Buy yourself a an electric razor for long-term use or get a reusable stainless steel razor that comes with recyclable blades that you replace when you need to.
Use less water
When washing our face and removing make-up it can be tempting to leave the tap running until the water is at the perfect temperature or until we have scrubbed and rinsed our face and neck sufficiently. Unfortunately this wastes a lot of water which can easily be saved by using a sponge or cloth, saturating it with water, turning off the tap, then using it to remove make-up and cleanse the skin. This provides an added benefit of helping to exfoliate the skin and remove dead skin cells.
How are you making your skincare routine more eco-friendly in 2018?