6 ways to make your beauty routine more sustainable

As the climate change crisis continues, we're looking at our beauty routines to see how we can make a difference. From using sustainable beauty products with eco-friendly packaging and ingredients, to eliminating certain things altogether, here's how you can do your bit for the planet. 

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1. Ditch the face wipes

Elemis Cleansing Balm


Not only are face wipes one of the least effective ways of cleansing, but they also take up to 100 years to break down in landfill. Try using a flannel with a balm or liquid cleanser instead. A little bit of the Elemis Pro Cleansing Balm goes a long way and removes all traces of makeup while nourishing your skin.

Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm, £44


2. Choose eco-friendly packaging 

Aveda Sap Moss


As well as producing cruelty-free and vegan formulas, 85% of Aveda's products are made from 100% recycled materials. Dior has also removed all cellophane and cardboard wedges from its products in a bid to be more eco-friendly.

Aveda Sap Moss Weightless Hydration Shampoo, £21


3. Recycle when you can

Clarins Double Serum


According to Recycle Now, “almost 90% of people in the UK claim to regularly recycle from the kitchen, while only 52% say they regularly recycle from the bathroom.” That’s a lot of beauty packaging going to waste. Any glass or plastic packaging can be recycled, just make sure the containers are empty and clean before disposing of them, as any remnants can contaminate other recyclables. Any flip top lids, trigger heads or pumps (like on Clarins Double Serum) also need to be removed first.

Clarins Double Serum, £58


4. 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 work 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.

UpCircle Body Scrub, £14.99


5. Make use of brand schemes



Kiehl’s has a loyalty card scheme where you’ll receive a free travel-sized product (like a mini Ultra Facial Cleanser) once you’ve returned 10 empties to one of their stores. Origins also have a recycling initiative, where they will accept empty containers from any beauty brand.

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cleanser, £9.50


6. Try multi-tasking products

NARS The Multiple


Fewer products equal less packaging. There are so many multi-purpose products that are as good - if not better than - their singular counterparts, so this is an easy win. We love NARS The Multiple which can be used on your lips, eyes and cheeks.

NARS The Multiple, £30