Ways to make your beauty routine more green
Sure, we all have our tried and true go-to beauty routines for certain things that we will never change, but some ways are meant to be changed for the better! Items that are bad for the environment often are bad for our bodies as well.
Here are easy tips to help us be friendlier to mother earth and our bodies:
Avoid microplastics. These are a big deal and are found in a lot of facial and body scrubs and toothpastes. Microplastics are very small pieces of plastic that pollute the environment. Microplastics are not a specific kind of plastic, but any type of plastic fragment less than five millimeters in length according to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. You can actually notice tiny particles of blue in your gum line when you use that Coolstrip Crest! Click here to identify if your favorite products contain these nasty buggers!
Use less chemicals. The “natural” labels on bottles may still contain toxic chemicals and additives because the government doesn’t regulate labeling. Choose organic products instead. These products contain the USDA organic seal. I have been using facial products that are non-toxic and no chemicals. All the products are 100% organic, and they also come in glass bottles. No plastics here. I don’t sell these products, but I’m a huge advocate. Since I started using Pure Haven, my face has stopped breaking out and my skin shines. They also offer a full line of household goods. Shop their full line here.
Stop using single-use products. This one is an easy win for the environment, and a no brainer once you try the alternatives. I love using my Clarisonic facial cleanser and I also have one of those makeup remover cloths. They both work much better than any other cotton products, so I have no reason to go back. And neither should you!
Recycle your beauty products when you're done. Look for plastic marked with the number 1 or 2 on the bottom. Those can be recycled with your regular curbside recycling. But remove the lids! Those are a different kind of plastic and can contaminate the load. Also, Origins will recycle used make-up products from any brand, Aveda stores will create new caps out of your old lids, if you drop them off at their stores, and MAC will give you a free lipstick for every six lipsticks you bring back.