Follow our 8 tips to ‘green’ your beauty routine.
Be a label junkie
Most of us would never just eat anything given to us without knowing what it is, but yet we use beauty products without knowing what ingredients they contain. Ignore the claims on the front of the package and read the list of product ingredients. It may be hard to stop using beauty products with synthetic chemicals in them all together, but you can make a more informed decision about the ones you do choose to use. Use products with fewer ingredients and less, or no, synthetic chemicals. If you do not recognise or cannot pronounce the ingredients on the label, you may want to rethink using it.
Choose green brands
As consumers we all have a lot more power than we think. By shopping differently we start to influence what products get sold and even how those products are made. Support beauty brands that promote green practices, try to encourage people to be more eco-conscious and strive to use only natural ingredients. Also, only buy brands that are cruelty-free and not tested on animals.
Nowadays so much we use comes in disposable form. While disposable items (like plastic razors and face wipes) may be very handy, these items often cannot be recycled and add to our landfill problem. Rather buy items that will last for longer. Wax, invest in a good electric razor or buy razors that allow you to change the blade. Instead of using facial wipes, get a reusable face cloth (micro fibre ones are great). When you do need to buy disposable items, make sure they are recyclable or made from biodegradable materials.
Don’t be wasteful
Being "green" is not just about changing the way you shop, it also about not wasting the products you have. Look for ways to extend the life of your favourite beauty products. Cutting open plastic cream containers will extend your product for a couple of days. Use an ear-bud to get lipstick out of an almost finished tube and clean your makeup brushes regularly.
Turn it off
One really simple thing you can do to make your beauty routine more eco-friendly is to use less water and power. Reduce energy consumption by occasionally giving your hairdryer or flat iron a rest and let your hair dry naturally. Also remember to save water by not leaving the tap running when you are washing your face or shaving and by showering instead of bathing.
Less is better
How many beauty products have you used today? Deodorant, moisturiser, shampoo, soap, lipstick and the list goes on. Before using any product on your body, ask yourself if you really need it. When it comes to synthetic chemical exposure, less is better than more. Just cutting down on the amount of products you use will minimise clutter, save you money and greatly reduce the amount of chemicals fed to your body.
Say bye to dye
Most hair dyes and relaxers are loaded with toxic chemicals, which are bad for you and the environment. While there are more natural hair dyes and straighteners starting to be offered at some salons, they are still not widely available and tend to be rather expensive. The best way to keep your hair chemical-free and save money is to embrace your real hair colour and join the Go Natural movement. Most of the time the hair you were born with, suits you the best.
Cut down on packaging
While attractive packaging is great to look at, the truth is most of it ends up in the bin. Look for products with minimal, biodegradable and recycled packaging.