A sustainable skincare routine is as important and easy to follow as a healthy diet or a complete workout plan. It is best to start small by incorporating only one or two practices into your daily routine and seeing how it works.
In our pursuit of healthier, clearer skin and, in the process, a more environmentally-friendly lifestyle, we often overlook one of the most important aspects of green living: our skincare routine. The way we care for our skin impacts how healthy it looks on the surface and how much damage is being done below the surface. The good news is that making your skincare routine green is pretty simple. Read on for five simple practices for a more sustainable skincare routine.
Eliminate Alcohol-based products and scents
Body care products containing alcohol are one of the most dangerous aspects of a dirty skincare routine. Even though these products will smell good to you, they are still toxic to our skin, and it's essential to avoid them. Alcohol dries our skin out and can be very corrosive to the environment. You should note that some products may not list alcohol as an ingredient. Some common elements to watch out for are isopropyl alcohol, ethylene glycol, and SD-40B. These are used to preserve the product and give it that lovely fragrance.
Choose Botanical Ingredients
Look for products with ingredients that you can pronounce and recognize as actual plant or food products. Botanical ingredients are great for the environment because they are easily replenishable and used for centuries to beautify our skin. They also have healing properties, and none of them are artificial or toxic like some synthetic chemicals in many beauty products. Think about what you are putting on your skin and the ingredients in your products.
Use Natural Sunscreens
Just because something is labeled as sunscreen doesn't mean it's good for your skin. Lots of products with sunscreen are filled with chemicals that can damage your skin and further damage the environment. Look for natural sunscreens like sunflower oil or zinc oxide powder as an ingredient in your beauty products to ensure your safety and health. You can buy more natural sunscreens at your local grocery store or pharmacy.
Buy Non-Toxic Makeup
When you're looking to purchase makeup, it's almost impossible to know what you're looking for on the ingredient list to choose sustainable and suitable products for your skin. An easy way to make sure you're buying good products for your skin is to buy from companies that advertise certifications. Look for facts on the package about the products being certified as organic and cruelty-free, and also look for companies that advertise credentials from The Vegan Society or PETA. Buying products from these companies will help make sure you buy safer products over more expensive mainstream brands.
Check Your Ingredients
The easiest way to find out what your products are made of is to look at their ingredient list. You can do this on the package or online. The ingredients will be listed in order of most prevalent to least prevalent, so look for harmful components near the top of the ingredient list. The closer an element is to the top of the list, the more that ingredient makes up your product. The fewer chemicals you have on your skin, the healthier and happier your skin will be.
Importance of Having a Skincare Routine
A healthy skin routine is essential for good skin health
Your skin is more than just a surface to look at, and no amount of makeup can improve your complexion if your skincare is stripped away. Your skin needs moisture and nutrients to keep it healthy, happy, and glowing.
It makes your skin more organic
Whether you believe in the earth being green or not, the fact is that we cannot produce a bottle of sunscreen if we do not experience the sun. You cannot have plastic in a lab, and if you cannot use plastic, why would you use it? The same goes for many other beauty products.
It makes you feel better about yourself
It's one thing to buy cosmetics made from materials that do not degrade the environment, and it's another thing entirely to try and live a more sustainable lifestyle. A good skincare routine will make you feel good because you know that you are beautiful on the outside but that your lifestyle choices are helping make the planet a better place.
It's easier on the wallet
Many low-cost products may look great at first glance, but they can damage your skin. You will get more bang for your buck with an inexpensive and straightforward skincare routine. If you want to make your year-end skincare routine more sustainable, try looking into a smaller budget this year and see what you can come up with!
Remember, it's all about learning what works best for you and what will not negatively affect your skin, so try out new products, ingredients, and ideas.