Tips for a more sustainable beauty routine
Our beauty routines come second nature in our day-to-day lives. But do you ever stop to consider what your products are made of, where they come from or their impact on the environment? Like so many of us, the beauty industry has also made great efforts to become more environmentally friendly. Many products feature natural, locally sourced ingredients while others opted for more eco-friendly packaging.
But what can you do to help? We’ve put together some top tips that will help you transform your beauty routine and soften the impact it might have on our planet.
Why not switch out your shower gel for a bar of soap? Neom's Great Day Natural Soap contains naturally derived ingredients and comes in 100% recyclable paper. Shampoo bars are also a great way to cut down on plastic, we're loving Aveda’s Shampure Nurturing Bar.
When it comes to packaging, you should be able to recycle it. Brand’s like Irene Forte has gone totally sustainable, featuring 100% recycled boxes, jars and glass.
Swap your tools
A lot of tools we use in our everyday beauty routines contain plastic. Brushes, bristles, sponges are all made of plastic and often end up in landfills. Why not opt for a wooden hairbrush? Or an eco sponge, like The Konjac Sponge.
Ditch the makeup wipes
With so many alternatives, there really is no excuse – ditch them. A balmy or milky cleanser is great for removing makeup or simply adding a little bit of makeup remover to a reusable cotton pad or a muslin cloth like Eve Lom’s.
A sustainably sourced scent
Yes, you heard it right, even your fragrance can be more environmentally friendly. When it comes to perfumes look for natural, ethically sourced ingredients and recyclable packaging is always a plus. Giorgio Armani My Way is full of natural ingredients, many of which are responsibly and sustainably sourced. The vanilla from Madagascar is cultivated by local programs that support underprivileged communities based on fair trade principles.
The refillable bottle is designed to last so you can cut back on waste too.
Buy ethically sourced formulas
New beauty brand UpCircle creates face and body scrubs made from reused coffee grounds that would otherwise be thrown away - genius. La Mer also works to help preserve resources by using only sustainably-sourced sea kelp in their famous miracle broth. The luxury brand has donated more than £4 million to conservation projects through their Blue Heart Oceans Fund - another reason to splash out on The Moisturizing Cream, if ever we needed one.