From the hour we wake up and put on makeup to the moment we remove it to go to sleep, we use dozens of products. People are so used to going through so many items that we don’t even think about how much waste we’re producing in the long run.
I’ve been doing a lot of research on zero waste makeup routines, and I’ve found a couple of ways that reduce your carbon footprint! Here are some simple, tried, and truly sustainable changes you can make today.
Sustainable Makeup Removal
One practice that is sustainable and easy to follow is making your makeup removal more eco-friendly. Instead of buying disposable makeup removal pads and wipes or using a bunch of cotton balls, you can switch to washable, reusable cotton wipes. It is as simple as cutting up squares of cloth.
That way, you won’t need to go through a packet cotton every month and add more to the landfill. It’s also safer! Even though the store bought cloth appears natural, it has harmful chemicals due to its bleaching process.
Bonus tip: Instead of using a makeup remover mixture that is full of chemicals, you can get your remover straight from the kitchen. Substances such as coconut oil, olive oil, and sweet almond oil make for natural skin cleansers.
Natural oils are excellent for dry skin, but I recommend you patch test first. In case you have sensitive or oily skin, you might be prone to clogged pores.
Since this also describes my skin, here’s how I fix it. After using coconut oil to remove makeup, I follow up with a water-based cleanser to gently remove any oil residue. This method is a part of a famous Korean skincare routine!
If you’re obsessed with makeup, you’re familiar with the need to own dozens of different products, brushes, and sponges. Spray on makeup brands like Rock Candy Beauty eliminate most of that waste by narrowing down your coverage to a few drops!
What I love about spray on makeup is that I have more control over it. Other than that, it’s long lasting, easier to use, and it completely eliminates the need for a bunch of brushes.
Plus, once you have the airbrush gun, you only need to purchase the makeup itself. No more scraping the bottom to get the last drop either, you get your money’s worth.
What A Waste!
Reducing waste does not mean reducing cosmetic essentials. Look for products that actively reduce or create no waste. Some companies offer recycled or recyclable packaging options like aluminum, paper, or glass containers. Bamboo is also another popular alternative to plastic.
There is also a new material called bioplastic, which is made of sugar cane and is 100% recyclable. It looks like the future won’t be so plastic free after all!
Look Ma, No Packaging
What’s better than conscious packaging? No packaging! Popularized by shampoos and other products being produced in bar form, going package-less eliminates the idea of using and disposing of plastic bottles.
Products that come in bar form are wrapped in paper. How cool is that?
Companies that incorporate a refill system for their products are the next best thing. Some cosmetic brands offer refillable palettes, eyeliner, and more!
Refills reduce waste altogether – allowing you to use the same product (or different versions of it) while reducing the cost and waste produced.
With this many options and aesthetics available in sustainable makeup, there’s no reason to continue contributing unnecessary waste to the world.
Whether you’re going completely zero-waste, or if you’re taking small steps toward a more eco-friendly lifestyle, you’ll be making a difference without sacrificing your beauty routine.