In part one of my eco skin care tips, I stressed the importance of us all doing our part to help the environment, especially when it comes to non-essential parts of our lives.
When we can make simple changes to our habits and lifestyle that will have a big impact, why wouldn’t we?
And just to show you how much you can do for the environment by changing so little, I’ve compiled a second list of helpful tips to get you there.
This is a big one, and that’s why it’s earned the top spot on this list (although technically they’re not ranked in order of importance).
I am always especially mindful of my water use because I know that water is a shockingly scarce resource. Nearly 70% of the earth is covered by water, but only 2.5% of that is fresh water. And only 1% is accessible, as most is trapped in glaciers and snowfields.
Not to mention so many people already live without access to clean water, and we’re currently using more than can naturally be replaced. So, it’s a pressing issue that we all need to care about.
Because water is so scarce (don’t let your on-demand tap fool you), we need to avoid wasting it as much as possible.
Taking measures like installing low-flow shower heads can make a big difference, saving gallons of water. But on top of that, look at water use elsewhere in your skin care routine. For example, a lot of people leave the water running while they’re washing their face. I prefer to get my face wet and then shut off the tap while I lather up. Depending on how thorough I’m being, this could be several minutes of saved water.
Another option is choosing a waterless alternative; there are many waterless cleanser options available, which also includes oil-based products and face wipes.
In my humble opinion, you cannot have an eco skin care routine unless you check your water consumption.
Tools like a Clarisonic and others that need to be charged should be considered when trying to develop an eco skin care routine.
These tools should be kept unplugged and charged fully before using, to maintain optimal life and to limit energy use. Keeping most items plugged in means they’re constantly pulling energy, which adds up over time and still impacts our resources. So, while leaving these tools plugged in constantly may simplify things for you, is it a change you can make toward more eco skin care?
It may seem like such a small and insignificant thing to change, but every little bit really does help in reducing the demand and strain on our resources.
Did you know that smoking is bad for your skin? I’m talking dryness, a dull ashen appearance, delayed healing and susceptibility to infection. It’s literally the worst. But, did you also know that cigarette smoke isn’t just a disease-promoting killer, it’s also a significant environmental pollutant?
Cigarette smoke produces what’s called particulate matter, which is highly dangerous for air pollution and health. It can cause respiratory issues, as well as affect our ozone. Not to mention, the waste leftover allows toxic chemicals to enter the environment, which affects our soils and waterways.
So, if you’re still smoking, now you have a few more very important reasons to quit.
I love products that really pull their weight.
Eyeshadow that doubles as blush? A moisturizing sunscreen? A treated face spray that also happens to set makeup like a dream? How about an acne treatment you use for your face and body acne?
Using double duty products means that you’re buying less and wasting less, both of which are major players for an eco skin care routine.
This one is on so many lists for an eco skin care routine, so it should come as no surprise to most people.
We’ve known for several years now how bad microbeads are for the environment, which is why many companies are moving away from them altogether.
Because microplastics pass through filters, accumulate in the water, and are mistakenly eaten by marine life, you should avoid them at all costs. Instead, look for natural and biodegradable alternatives.
Have some leftover makeup you aren’t going to use? Pass them down to a little makeup artist in your family.
The kids won’t complain about used makeup, and it’s probably better for them than whatever cheap garbage they use to make kids’ stuff with these days, anyway.
While certain skin care products and makeup like moisturizer and eyeshadow are harmless, you won’t want to pass your acne treatments and mascara on to any little ones, so make sure to only buy what you need.
Last, but certainly not least, if a company you love uses harmful ingredients in their products, or has less than friendly eco skin care policies, tell them to get it together!
If a company is worth anything, they should care about what their customers have to say and give them a platform to do so.
Ask the company to make a change that means something to you – whether it’s swapping an ingredient or refusing to sell to certain markets. You’d be surprised who might be willing to listen when you speak up.
(To give a hopeful example, a few years ago a company approached me to review their acne supplement. After checking the ingredients list, I found shellac. I told them that unless it was replaced, I was not willing to review the product. I caught them during some rebranding, and after a few months I learned that the company was trialing the new formula – shellac-free, and entirely vegan-friendly).
Remember, your voice and your dollar are everything as a consumer. You decide the kind of tomorrow you want to live in, so if a company can do something to improve their eco skin care status, let them know.
I think I can safely say that most of us would want a more eco skin care routine, so thankfully there are steps we can all take to make this happen.