During the lockdown, I am sure many of us have had the time to have a breather and start to reflect on what we can do to contribute towards a more sustainable lifestyle. I often feel a bit of frustration after watching documentaries such as Extinction: The Facts – the human activities and its destruction towards the eco-system is exquisitely explained. However, I feel helpful information about how we can change our everyday life to leave a positive footprint is never really expressed as clearly.
In this blog post, I want to share some easy changes I’ve done over the past few years in my beauty routine towards more sustainable living. I truly believe every little step can make a difference.
The first step towards making my beauty routine more eco-conscious was to swap cotton pads to washable cotton pads. Cotton pads do not meet composting requirements – not to mention they are bleached and contains lots of chemicals. Who wants that on their face?
I love using reusable cotton pads, and it’s been such a hassle-free swap – to be honest, I don’t even miss cotton pads in my vanity desk. There are lots of options out there, and I know many influencers love Face Halo (even though I’ve never tried them myself).
The only down-side of the cotton pads is that they absorb a bit more of my toner than cotton pads, but I personally don’t mind it.
Another easy way to reduce your plastic intake is by looking at your beauty and self-care shelf and think which product can be swapped with package-free options? In my case, I looked into which products can be switched in the form of a bar. I quickly realised I can swap my liquid shampoo, hand soap and shower gel.
After some trial and error, I’ve found my favourite selection. I absolutely love products from Lush – they smell gorgeous, look delicious (yes, literally almost have to stop myself from eating them) and the brand stands for a more eco-friendly world. I’ve tried many of their products such as the shower bars, naked skincare and face masks but my absolute favourite is the Jumping Juniper shampoo bar. It contains lavender, rosemary essential oils aiming to cleanse the scalp while lemon and lime oils make the hair shiny. It lasts for about 3-4 weeks between two people and I store it in an aluminium container, which has been a lifesaver.
Another beauty shelf favourite is Aesop Shower Bar called “Body Cleanings Slab” containing Bergamot Rind, Ylang Ylang and Tahitian Lime. It lasts for ages, smells amazing and makes my skin feel very soft. The bar is quite large so I cut it into smaller pieces (make sure to heat your knife first) and store it in one of Lush oval-shaped aluminium container. I often feel the products from Aesop are a bit pricey, but the Body Cleanings Slab has a price tag of £17 and lasts for ages so it’s definitely worth the purchase. It also comes in a nice branded cloth packaging, which makes it a great lower price gift.
Microfiber makeup remover
Another product I realised that I can easily replace was the liquid eye makeup remover. Instead, I invested in a washable Microfiber Makeup removing towel. It removes the toughest makeup with one swipe – just make sure to wet the towel slightly.
Even though I do use other liquid makeup removers as I am trying to tackle my acne scarring and other problem areas, I use this towel to remove my eye makeup such as mascara, eyeshadow and eyeliner.