Eco-friendly practices in the beauty industry are becoming more common throughout the years. Unlike the traditional beauty practices, these have positive long-term effects both on our skin and the planet. If you have not joined the bandwagon yet, it’s never too late!
Read on for 5 sustainable beauty trends you should follow right now.
Most of the soap products found in stores contain toxic ingredients like parabens, sulfates, and fragrance. These dry out your skin and cause it to flake. It also leaves you susceptible to different types of skin issues. In addition, the soap products come in packaging that takes hundreds or even thousands of years to degrade!
Fortunately, sustainable hand soap tablets exist today like Reuuse Hand Soap Tablets. This product aims to eliminate plastic waste, and each tablet comes in a tiny sustainable packaging material.
Simply drop the tiny bar in a soap bottle filled with water, and it should start to dissolve. Not only does it effectively clean your hands, but it is more affordable than your regular hand soap! Also, the same brand sells reusable hand soap bottles.
Did you know that single-use makeup removal pads are harmful to the environment? These do not degrade easily due to the bleaching and mixing methods used to produce them. So, cotton pads end up filling up landfills, clogging the water waste systems, and polluting the ocean.
In addition, farmers grow cotton with pesticides. Traces of this toxic chemical then spread into nearby communities’ water for drinking and air for breathing. It also threatens the lives of farmers themselves, and the health of the consumers who purchase these products.
Fortunately, there is now a sustainable beauty trend that aims to eliminate this dangerous practice: the use of zero waste makeup removal pads. These products are just like cotton, but way better!
For example, LastRound by LastObject aims to put an end to single-use cotton pads. It’s a reusable cotton round made of organic cotton, and you can reuse it 1,000 times. Once you are done, just wash it, and it’s clean for your next use.
It also comes in a cute sustainable case so you can bring the product with you wherever you go. And if you feel like using more similar products, the same brand offers reusable tissue and reusable cotton swabs.
If you still use single sheet masks, it’s time to stop. Sure, your face may feel refreshed after placing a sheet on for 15 minutes. But you won’t feel as good if you find out how these are destorying our planet.
Single sheet masks are among the beauty industry’s worst skincare products. These are individually packed in plastic and aluminum that pollute the ocean. The material of the mask itself may also contain small bits of plastic, even when manufacturers claim it’s made of 100 percent cotton.
These may give your skin benefits in 10 to 20 minutes, but they take more than 400 years to degrade. Thankfully, sustainable sheet masks are now a trend, like Petite Amie’s Botanical Brightening Masque. This mask is made from ultra-fine fiber that is completely recyclable.
In addition, each mask is packed in 100 percent recycled material. And if you need more proof, this product has been certified by three regulating bodies for organic and natural cosmetics: Cosmos, Na True, and Ecocert.
Now, you can fully give your face a treat sans the guilt.
As the global water crisis continues to worsen, consumers are challenging businesses to do their part in water conservation. And finally, they are being heard: beauty brands are now producing water-saving skincare products.
For instance, Ethique’s Wonder Bar Conditioner is a solid conditioner bar made with cocoa butter and coconut oil. It only needs little water to use on your hair. You can also use it as an inshower moisturizer and a shaving bar.
Best of all, it lasts up to 5 months, which is much longer than your regular soap or conditioner!
Haven’t you heard? Carbon neutral products are now a thing! Some beauty brands have taken this holistic approach to reduce their carbon footprint, and many are starting to follow suit.
It’s a wonderful approach to offset their carbon footprint, since the beauty industry produces billions of packaging units around the world. And sadly, only 9 percent of the entire waste has been recycled, while the rest are left to pollute the planet.
Fortunately, brands like Bolt Beauty are now producing carbon neutral beauty products. For instance, their moisturizer called Mad About Moisture are 100 biodegradable “drops” of fragrance-free, seaweed moisturizer. And it comes in packaging that is compostable and completely 100 percent free of plastic.
Switching to more sustainable beauty trends shouldn’t be too hard. Just pick a trend that applies to you the most, and start practicing it. Then, move on to other trends until your beauty regimen is entirely sustainable.