How To Reduce Waste From Your Beauty Routine
We’ve got a guest writer today! One of my dear friend’s Brielle is sharing some helpful tips we can all incorporate into our beauty lives. Here you ladies go…
Have you ever thought about how much waste goes into your beauty routine? Daily? When you think about the packaging alone, it’s almost all plastic that, more often than not, gets recycled improperly or not at all. Do you ever feel guilty throwing away all those shampoo bottles? And think about the crappy ingredients in so many products. Maybe it doesn’t happen often, but we’ve all fell victim to that last minute lipstick purchase we just HAD TO HAVE for that one night in Miami we all wore sequins and danced on the table, right? Those chemicals, when produced, create so much waste before even arriving at your doorstep. Not only are they bad for the environment, but they can cause all sorts of problems for your health. If you’ve ever felt happy & sad at the same time (SO to our girl Kacey!) about getting all dolled up but not harming the Earth (or your health!), then here is a list of things we can all do to help out on both ends.
1. Number one is this (and EVERY ONE can do this, no excuses): Go make-up free more often. Show off that beautiful face of yours! When you wake up in the morning, wash your face and rinse with a warm wet towel. Put on some yummy eye cream followed by face moisturizer, maybe some rose water spritz. And rock that natural dewy, “I woke up like this” look! Save yourself some time in the morning and maybe try out a different form of self- care, like dry brushing. Not only will you be reducing your waste based on less products used, but also by reducing the amount of chemicals you’re exposing to your body and the environment. According to a study by Environmental Working Group, women use an average of twelve products a day which is potentially up to 200 chemicals. A DAY. ON YOUR SKIN. COMPLETELY BYPASSING YOUR METABOLIC SYSTEM. Which leads me to number two…
2. Invest in quality ingredient products. Don’t fall for the bright, dense colors and the four dollar price tag. Ok, I know that’s so hard, but seriously, try! Learn the terminology of those hidden crappy ingredients and take the time to read labels. Have you heard or seen the word “parabens” (also known as methylparaben, butylparaben and propylparaben)? Parabens are commonly used as a preservative and found in a variety of beauty products. These chemicals easily penetrate the skin, mess with hormone function and have even been found in breast cancer tissue. We read the labels of our food, so why wouldn’t we do this with what goes directly onto our skin? More than 12,000 chemicals are approved for cosmetic use here in the U.S. Did you know that many of the chemicals found in makeup are doing the exact opposite of what you would like to be doing to your skin? Those chemicals will AGE you. Faster than you would naturally. A quick story: back in the early days of Geisha culture (I always think of Mulan, as the Disney princess nerd that I am), when they would all paint their faces white as snow (unintentional Disney princess reference, I swear), women started falling ill, some even dying. It was soon discovered that the powder they used on their faces was poisonous. It was lead, and it wasn’t until after several deaths that it’s poisonousness was discovered. Like, what? Women were putting poison straight on their faces to alter their appearance? Just a story I read in the book “The Secret Lives of Color”…not intended to scare you, but rather interest you in researching the ingredients of your makeup 😉
3. Stop with the disposables already! It’s probably the easiest change you can make that will eliminate so much waste. There will always be a time & place for a good ole’ disposable wipe, cotton ball, and of course a sheet mask. But did you know that most wipes aren’t biodegradable, and if they are, will take at least 100 years to decompose? Basically all of your makeup wipes will out-live you. You’ll die, and they’ll live forever. COOL. I’m sorry but there is no reason that disposable wipes need to be in your every day beauty routine. There are so many reusable options out there nowadays! The trick is find reusable, washable, organic cotton pads. When it does finally come time to toss them after so many uses, they will decompose back into the earth. According to Amazon reviews, bamboo can be used over 1000 times!
4. Cut down on the consumption of plastic. There are so many ways to do this! 1.Shampoo, conditioner, lotion, and various facial products can all be bought in bars to avoid plastic packaging altogether. Check out this girl’s creative experience with using plastic-free shampoo 2. Fancy body scrubs and exfoliates can be replaced by taking some wonderful and completely worth it self-care time to dry brush instead. 3. Buying products in glass rather than plastic better ensures they can and will be recycled. 4. Maybe this even looks like you reusing plastic bottles, and/or avoiding the travel size products by packing what you have. Buy things in bulk and fill up the empty bottles. Better yet, there are companies out there like Plaine Products here in the U.S. who take your empty bottles and replace it with a full one. The pumps are even reusable! And if all else fails, just give your kids the empty bottle and let their imagine do what it does best. 5. Do you shave regularly? How about investing in a safety razor and buying replacement blades that are made of steel and can be recycled, if done properly. You’ll save money on buying the plastic ones and help reduce your waste at the same time. 6. Something as simple as challenging yourself to completely finish a product (or maybe even that entire drawer of half empty bottles you’ve had forever…come on girls, we all have those, right?) would definitely decrease your waste. Several companies have a recycling program for their packaging, but honestly, just making plastic produces so much toxic waste that released straight into the air we breathe. Something as small as choosing q-tips with paper sticks rather than plastic ones could be seen as reducing waste because they don’t contribute to air pollution when made and they have a chance of decomposing.
Small changes will add up to have a significant impact on decreasing your waste. It’ll also leave you feeling more beautiful than ever, knowing how much healthier the Earth can be. Start by choosing one or two things you feel wouldn’t be too inconvenient. Like all change, there is a bit of a learning curve. Researching the right products, reading ingredient lists, finding out how to properly recycle items, and potentially spending more money for the quality. It takes a bit of responsibility and utilizing your awareness. Maya Angelou once said, “when you know better, you do better.” Well, as you learn more and more about the ingredients in your products and the effects it all has of your health, I have no doubt we will all be doing better.
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