Just like any other industry, the beauty industry can have a negative impact on the environment, from products wrapped in plastic to their testing on animals.
However, many women still rely on using disposable ‘daily’ beauty products when getting ready for the day, which has an effect on everything from landfill, to pollution in the waterways, and of course – our wallets.
If you are worried about the effect of your beauty regime on the environment, there are some subtle changes you can make to your beauty habits that ensure that your appearance, your skin, and your world is well looked after.
From reusable packaging to eco-friendly ingredients, it has never been easier to make the right decisions when it comes to your beauty regime and the environment.
Here are 3 easy solutions which are as good for the environment as they are your beauty regime.
#1 – Use Products With Organic Ingredients
Whereas once upon a time, organic products were reserved for foodstuffs and supermarkets, these days there are many beauty companies which specialise in producing make-up and other beauty products that use purely organic and natural ingredients.
Beauty companies like Jane Iredale produce skin care products which use a majority of organic ingredients. This leaves your skin feeling well cared for while you can be safe in the knowledge that you aren’t placing any unnecessary strain on the environment.
Given that organic cosmetics use fewer chemicals than other types of cosmetics, these are often better for those with sensitive skin. It’s a win-win as far as the planet concerned, given that organic ingredients tend to have a lower carbon footprint and have a lesser general impact on the environment.
#2 – Use Reusable Products
If you’re prone to throwing things away after just one use, then it might be time to consider using reusable products where possible. Everything from shower caps to nail files can be purchased in a reusable format.
Not only is this more kind to the environment, switching to reusable products will also help save money through a reduction in the number of single-use products which you need to buy on a regular basis.
Popular swaps include exchanging disposable makeup wipes (which are notorious for damaging the environment due to their use of plastic fibres), for muslin cloths which you can wash regularly. You should also consider swapping disposable razor blades for reusable stainless steel razors as these are just as good – if not smoother – than other razors, and they’ll last for a much longer period of time.
#3 – Check Products Use Recyclable Materials
If you really want to be diligent about helping the environment, then you should definitely check that the products you DO choose to buy use recyclable materials.
Beauty essentials such as plastic cotton buds have a huge impact on the environment, with many of these types of products likely to be banned and exchanged for eco-friendly alternatives in the not too distant future. Many other culprits such as razors are made from plastics which can take hundreds of years to biodegrade.
Not only this, but many popular beauty products are contained and bought within plastic packaging which can be a struggle to recycle and which also cannot biodegrade over time.
Essentially, we should attempt where possible to buy products that are not only recyclable themselves, but where their packaging is also able to be recycled. Simply taking a few seconds to check the labels can have a massive positive impact.
Without having to scrimp on quality or hygiene, there are many ways to reduce consumption in your beauty regime and reduce your carbon footprint – just remember to put the knowledge into practice.