For many of us, following our daily skincare and makeup routine is second nature. We have the products that we swear by but may have no idea what the formulas are made of or their impact on the planet.
Earth Day 2022 takes place this Friday, 22nd April. It’s the perfect opportunity to take the time to recognize how we can make small changes in our skincare to make the world a cleaner place.
Thanks to increased awareness, the beauty industry has been taking steps to develop more natural formulas and eco-friendly packaging.
But you can make some changes yourself, too. These changes can start small, from the comfort of your home. Keep reading to learn how to switch to a more eco-friendly skincare routine this Earth Day and beyond.
Ditch the Disposable Wipes
If you haven’t already, it’s time to ditch the disposable makeup wipes . While they’re every lazy girl’s go-to, they’re awful for the planet. Each year, thousands of kilograms of used and shredded wipes end up in landfills and our oceans, affecting our marine ecosystem.
Plus, makeup wipes don’t even clean our faces properly, either. You’ll need a cleanser or face wash to completely remove all the makeup and debris lingering on your face. Not only that, but the artificial fragrance can irritate sensitive skin too.
The best way to clean your face is by double cleansing with a micellar water followed by a gentle cleanser like the GlyMed Plus Cell Science Mega Purifying Cleanser . The formula instantly dissolves makeup, dirt, and debris clinging to your complexion in seconds. Enjoy skin that’s ultra-clean and fresh.
The cleanser is also packed with age-defying antioxidants, including ester C, vitamin A, and vitamin E, to treat dryness and combat harmful irritants that cause aging.
Recycle or Reuse Plastic Containers
Recycling the leftover plastic packaging of your beauty products is easier than ever.
By recycling these items, you prevent plastic from entering our waterways and oceans. You’re also reducing your carbon footprint by enabling certain plastics to be reused in the cosmetics industry. Win-win!
Next time you buy a product, check the label. Most items come with a label that specifies if and how they can be recycled to make life easier for you.
Use Natural and Organic Based Products
When shopping for beauty products, it isn’t just about ensuring they’re suitable for your skin type. It’s about ensuring they’re sustainably or organically sourced, too.
Fortunately, fact-checking brands and products is simpler than ever. With the help of Rainforest Alliance or Fairtrade, you can easily check whether the products you’re using are good for both your skin and the planet.
Say Goodbye to Microbeads
You may notice the term ‘microbeads’ crop up on face scrub labels. Microbeads are known for their pore-cleansing, exfoliating benefits, but unfortunately, they’re terrible for the environment.
Microbeads are plastic derivatives, and very few are biodegradable. When we scrub our face with them in the sink or shower, they mix with the water and pass into our drainpipes and into the ocean. Ultimately, they end up in marine animals and our bodies since we consume seafood.
So not only do microbeads affect our sea life, but they affect us too.
The good news is that you don’t have to give up anything important for fabulous skin. There are plenty of exfoliating scrubs that don’t contain microbeads that work wonders for our skin.
Plus, many conscious brands have replaced microbeads with plant derivatives that are gentle and non-abrasive on the skin. Again, it’s a win-win.
We love the Tuel Power Scrub Ultra Fine Polishing Paste . The exfoliating formula scrubs and smooths skin, buffing it for a youthful and fresh glow.
The paste contains skin-loving ingredients like pumice, tea tree, and lemongrass to refine the skin’s surface. Meanwhile, vitamin E and chamomile condition and smooth the complexion.
Choose the Right Brands
Nowadays, plenty of eco-friendly and sustainable beauty brands are making efforts to look after the environment.
Next time you shop for a new product, do your research. Choose brands that employ local resources, don’t use animal testing, and source local and sustainable ingredients.
And remember – Earth Day comes once a year, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t make efforts towards environment preservation and sustainability all year round.
Start slowly and follow these tips for a more sustainable and planet-friendly skincare routine to do your part for the earth. Both the planet and your skin will thank you for it.
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