If you’ve been following my blog, then you know that in recent months I’ve been taking a closer look at my life and paying more attention to how I spend my time, money, and energy. Today, I’m examining my beauty routine and sharing some tips on how to simplify your beauty regime and make it more eco-friendly.
Reduce where you can.
I’ll be the first to admit that I could probably be DIY-ing a lot more when it comes to my beauty routine. I went through a phase a couple of years ago where I got really into DIY skin care and beauty. At the time, I made my own skin serum, toothpaste, lip balm, deodorant, face wash and more. I’ve since gotten away from it quite a bit. Unfortunately, my homemade skin care products just didn’t work as well as I needed them to, since I do struggle with some acne. I still use my homemade deodorant and I’m due to make another batch of lip balm. Maybe this post will inspire me to get back into making my own products. It truly is the most sustainable practice because you get way more for your money and you can easily reuse the containers that you make your products in.
One way that I reduced my waste in terms of my daily rituals is with reusable cotton swabs. A couple of years ago, Ray and I were exploring Brooklyn when we stumbled upon Package Free Shop. I was stoked to check it out since I’d been following them on instagram for quite a while. Package Free Shop is an amazing company that is doing exactly what our planet needs from more businesses, by promoting sustainability, intentional purchases, and overall helping preserve our planet. Package Free Shop sells tons of products to help people reduce their plastic waste from reusable coffee cups to bamboo straws to biodegradable poop bags for your fur babies! They’re seriously so awesome.
Anyways, I bought some reuseable cotton swabs from there and have been using them for years now. I use them to apply toner to my face and to remove makeup. I keep a little container of clean swabs in the bathroom and I have a separate container where I place the used ones. When it’s time to wash them, I simply put all of the used ones into a mesh laundry bag and wash them with whatever other laundry I have for that day. This is a simple, small step but overtime it makes an impact. Back when I visited Package Free Shop, they didn’t yet have an online store. But now they do, so here’s a link for $10 off!
Make little changes that go a long way.
I recently made a couple of swaps in my life that overtime will improve my hair and skin quality, in turn causing me to require even less products. I switched our pillow cases to satin and have gotten in the habit of changing them at least once a week. Satin or silk pillow cases can help reduce wrinkles and can give hair a smoother and shinier texture. I also bought some extra face towels and filled a drawer in our bathroom. That way, I can use a clean towel every time I dry my face, helping keep my skin even cleaner and reducing breakouts.
Find your favorite brands and stick with them.
Lastly, for the products that you just can’t (or would rather not) DIY or eliminate, find your favorite, sustainable brands and just stick with them. I used to buy all types of products from Ulta. I would order certain products that came with free gifts and free samples, causing an accumulation of mini-sized bottles of tons of different products, none of which I actually needed. I’ve realized that you don’t need a million different products.
If you know what brands you like, you can figure out the specific few products to use by them and you don’t have to be constantly testing out new products. Although, the higher quality products are going to cost more per item, they tend to last longer and when you know exactly what you need you won’t be buying a bunch of different things to test them out. Lastly, being more particular about your products helps you have less clutter. My beauty cabinet in the bathroom is a large source of clutter that I look forward to cleaning out in the near future. Here are my favorite, essential brands (and some discount links!)
- Essential Skincare: Youth to the People
I use YTTP for skin cleanser, moisturizer, and an overnight moisture mask. Their products work great for my skin and are made with sustainably sourced, natural ingredients. They also use glass bottles for all of their packaging and their products are cruelty-free and vegan. In my eyes, they are a great brand to support, so I gladly give them my money.
- Daily Sun Protection: COOLA
Applying a daily sunscreen to your skin is a really great way to keep your face looking vibrant and healthy (especially if you live in a sunny place, like I do.) COOLA uses 70% organic ingredients and completely plastic free packaging; they use mostly glass bottles and their plastic looking tubes are actually made with 100% recyclable sugar cane resin.
- Hair Products: Rahua
Rahua is a sustainable and natural hair product brand. They use pure, natural ingredients and were founded by environmentalists. Rahua has preserved over 37,000 hectares of land in the amazon rainforest. Currently, I use their dry shampoo daily and I’ve also used their detangling spray and volumizing spray. I look forward to the day when their shampoo and conditioner fit into my budget because all of their products that I’ve tried have been high quality and make my hair look great. Also, they offer refillable packets for their shampoo and conditioner so that you don’t have to keep buying more and more plastic bottles.
- Essential Makeup Items: Glossier
And lastly, for my few makeup essentials, I typically turn to Glossier. Their products are high quality and affordable. I’ll be honest though, I’m someone who doesn’t wear much makeup (mostly because I’m not the best at applying it). So I know some of the women out there who take their makeup game more seriously, might be buying a bit more in this area.
Knowing exactly what brands I love and reducing as much as I can makes my life easier in so many ways. Also, taking a look at lifestyle choices helps me reduce even further in the beauty and skincare departments. I don’t spend hours shopping around for one thing, I don’t buy multiple items for the sake of testing things out. I simply get what I need, and since I use trusted, high quality brands, I always know what I’m signing up for.
I hope these tips can help you reduce a bit and as always, thanks for reading!