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Over the past year, I’ve become more conscious over my beauty routine. I wanted to develop it in a way that is kind to my skin and the environment. For starters, I wear less makeup, which means I’ve saved money, but I know that I’m reducing waste from makeup products. I’m also choosing skincare carefully, opting for more natural brands which are better for me and more eco-friendly. Things that pass by us though are the beauty ‘accessories’. You know, the wipes, cotton buds, cotton pads etc. All of these are single-use items or come with plastic packaging that can’t be recycled. The silly thing is that there are great alternatives out there that are better for our planet. Here are my 5 eco-friendly beauty routine ideas.
Biodegradable Cotton Buds
If you are still buying plastic cotton buds, then stop right now! They are one of the worst things! They are plenty of eco-friendly options out there now. Choose paper stems which are recyclable. I’m saving up for some bamboo cotton buds, which are completely zero waste. What’s more, bamboo is hypoallergenic and antibacterial, which is ideal for any bathroom product.
Think about how many plastic toothbrushes you’ve thrown in the bin over the years. It’s a lot, right? All that plastic goes straight to landfill and damages our environment. Not good. The solution: get yourself a bamboo toothbrush. Completely recyclable and biodegradable, they are worth every penny.
Bamboo toothbrush featured in photo was gifted from BlueRock as part of a collaboration.
Reusable and washable cotton cloths are great substitute to single-use makeup wipes. I still use my Liz Earle cloths even though I’ve currently finished my hot cloth cleanser, so it’s worth investing in some. Flannels are another option, but I’ve heard mixed opinions about if they are good for your skin, so I’m sticking with cotton for now.
Liz Earle cloth gifted at an event.
Reusable Cotton Pads
I finally bought reusable cotton pads the other day! I revisited Nada in Leicester to get them. I know they seem more expensive at first, but they are reusable and washable. The cost soon works better compared to buying single-use makeup wipes/cotton pads.
Good Old Soap and Water!
Last, but not least, instead of splashing out on bottles of cleansers, toners and whatnot, which while the bottles may be recyclable, a lot of products are still full of chemicals, give the classic soap and water a chance. Something that baffles me is why there is so much liquid soap in plastic containers, when you can buy a soap bar wrapped in recyclable paper. I appreciate that in places such as hospitals, liquid soap is more appropriate, but for everyday use at home, soap bars and water are much more eco-friendly.
If you’re interested in any of the specific products I’ve mentioned and fancy creating your own eco-friendly beauty routine, here they are.
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