5 Eco-forward Skin Care Tips
Saving our planet can start in your bathroom and with your beauty routine. It’s simple everyday consumption habits that can really help turn the needle and impact our environment. Start small. Dive into your washroom cabinet and look at all the bath, beauty, and skin care products you use, plus all the packaging that goes along with them. I’m here to help you with five easy ways to turn your skin care and bath time routines into low-waste routines Mother Earth will love.
5 Simple Ways to Eco-Friendly Bath and Beauty Routines
Tip #1: Use a Soap Saver
A soap what? A soap saver is a knit pouch created from the leaves of the “maguey” agave. Use every last drop of your soap bar, and add the small leftover pieces into the pouch until it’s all gone. If you want to really lather up and get a deep clean, we recommend the agave Body Mitt.
Ditch the plastic soap dish and hang your soap in the soap saver. No need to buy plastic soap containers each month; just fill up your bag with a new bar of soap each time you run out. Plus, all the soap that accumulates on your dish is just a cesspool of bacteria, and did which mention plastic loofahs are just as dirty? Dermatologists do not recommend scrubbing your skin with plastic as it’s very harsh, plus there’s so much build-up from being left in the shower for months.
The soap saver is a much cleaner alternative to scrub your body clean with and even doubles as an exfoliant if you opt for the body-polisher version. Double-win.
Tip #2 Minimize water consumption
We all know we fall victim to running the tap while we brush our teeth for two minutes or leave the water on hot while washing our face. However, we need to cut back on these bad habits. By turning off the faucet when you brush your teeth, you can save 1,500 gallons per year. And that’s saving money too, so win-win for your wallet and the Earth!
Tip #3 Give your skin some love with long-lasting products
Swap single waste beauty hacks or fad-trends for long-lasting ones. Try to avoid single-use products, overly packaged products, or products that won’t actually benefit your skin long term.
Try the Jade Roller. This ancient beauty routine from traditional Chinese Medicine has come back into fashion for a good reason. Give your face a massage with the Jade Roller; increase blood circulation, and rejuvenate your skin.
Rejuvenate your skin with a dry brush. Show your lymphatic system some love. These agave body brushes are made sustainably, don’t require much water to produce, and are not grown with any harsh chemicals.
Switch your single-use sponges for a Konjac sponge. A Konjac sponge is made from the porous vegetable from Asia, and it expands when you add water to it. The sponge is biodegradable, includes soap, and is a fantastic zero-waste substitute to using single-use makeup wipes or cleansing pads to wash your face. Plus, you can choose different infusions for different skin types, and there’s no need to buy a plastic cleanser in a bottle.
Tip #4: Choose to buy from companies with low-waste and sustainable practices
Look to buy from companies who offer low waste packaging. This can be as simple as purchasing soap in a recyclable paper box versus wrapped in plastic. Some companies also provide refill programs, so you use the same glass container and refill it as you need. This lowers packaging needs and helps the planet out. For example, companies that follow environmentally-friendly practices follow the Microbead Water Act. Some exfoliators contain microbeads, but they contaminate our food chain with toxins. This is just one example of a way that an eco-friendly company may have. Sustainable beauty and skincare companies also have low-water measures in place, from manufacturing to production to packaging to transportation, to keep their carbon footprint low.
Tip #5: Opt for clean, vegan, and cruelty-free beauty and skin care products
Your skin is your body’s largest organ, and what you put on your skin can impact your body’s health, whether you realize it or not. Many products are made with chemicals, formaldehyde parabens, sulfates, flame retardants, insect ingredients, and lots of bizarre parts from animals or animal by-products. Many of these chemicals found in your beauty products are not natural for humans to ingest. Luckily there are plant-based alternatives that substitute animal products as the main ingredient.
When you buy organic skin care or beauty products, you buy products that do not use artificial chemicals, pesticides, or synthetic fertilizers. These clean companies practice sustainability, and don’t rely on livestock or to create food to feed livestock to create their products, which helps to reduce our carbon footprint.
Living a low-waste lifestyle is not only healthier for the environment but healthier for you. If you have any additional eco-friendly skincare tips, let us know in the comments below.