The Top 4 Eco-Friendly Beauty Tips for the Eco-Conscious Woman
These days, it is more important than ever to be environmentally conscious during your everyday life, including your makeup routine. There are four simple tasks that you can incorporate into your routine to reduce your carbon footprint and still enjoy feeling beautiful.
Recycle bins don’t only belong in the kitchen; they should have a presence in your bathroom as well. The most important thing you can do for the environment is recycle your makeup and packaging in the proper way.
First, check the labels on your products to see if it is recyclable. If you notice that most of your makeup and haircare products must go in the trash, make an effort to buy more eco-friendly products in the future. Also, rinse out the containers before you recycle them to prevent a swarm of bugs and keep the recycled product at a higher value.
2. Avoid plastic
Choose makeup and skincare products that have refillable or recyclable packaging to reduce the amount of waste you produce. Packaging made of cardboard, glass, or metal is much better for the environment than plastic packaging and eco-friendly options are becoming more popular and mainstream.
To take it a step further, you can replace other plastic hygiene products like toothbrushes, razors, and shampoo and body wash with environmentally friendly alternatives. Bamboo toothbrushes are a great substitute and beauty bars can perform the same type of cleaning that bottled body wash can.
3. Use reusable and refillable products
There are so many makeup products that are used only once and then tossed in the trash, such as cotton balls and disposable razors. This can cause large amounts of waste in your trash that will eventually move to a landfill and requires you to constantly restock your supply.
In order to save the environment and your wallet, you should choose products that are refillable or reusable, like washable makeup removers, over single use products. Reusable razors can be purchased for less than $20 and they work just as well as disposable razors.
4. Re-evaluate your beauty necessities
The next time you go for a beauty run, look over your makeup, haircare, and hygiene products to see what is necessary and what you can do without. For example, hairspray is damaging to both your hair and the environment and it is probably best to wean yourself off it. Concealer, bronzer, and foundation are products that have largely the same effect and can be substituted.
Cutting out unnecessary products will save you time and money in the long run. Also, you will reduce waste because you obviously throw away less beauty products if you buy less.
We understand that it can be hard to change your routine, but these tips are easy to do and will hopefully make you feel better knowing you’re making a difference. So, keep this list in mind when you’re restocking your beauty products or simply considering whether to trash or recycle after you’ve finished getting ready. Mother Earth will thank you!