4 Easy Ways to Green Your Beauty Routine
Written by Jerlynn Tay
With the upcoming Earth Day/Month, there is really no better time to rethink your impact on Mother Earth. Are you actively reducing your carbon footprint? Do you recycle regularly and even daily? Have you ditched the disposable plastic? If you answer yes to all of the above, congratulations! Well, now is the time to take it a step further and extend this thoughtfulness to your beauty routine. Let’s talk about the four easy ways to green your beauty routine.
Demand double duty from your products
Choosing products that serve multiple purposes means that they will cost less for you—saving you some serious cash—and will produce less waste. Remember, it is not just about the impact of the actual product itself on the environment. Instead, it is also the impact of the packaging of the product, the energy consumption to get the product to you, and the many other factors involved.
So, opt for products that you know can serve multiple purposes. For example, Orifera’s virgin coconut oil is perfect for this. You can use this as a conditioner, hair mask, moisturiser, supplement, and for so many other purposes.
Turn off the water when possible
It is so very easy to slip our mind to turn off the water when we are brushing our teeth or washing our face. But this forgetfulness comes with a high price to pay: every minute the faucet runs, more than 7.5 litres of water go down the drain.
What should you do to curb this wastage of water? Turn off the water when you are not using it (for example, when you are brushing your teeth or shaving), take shorter showers (set a timer to keep track), and just generally be more mindful when it comes to your water usage.
Be a label hound when you are purchasing new products
Yes, I know you want to just grab what you need off the shelves and it can be time-consuming to read and learn about all the ingredients in the products. Ultimately, however, this will bring you peace of mind.
Watch out for chemicals such as parabens, phthalates, and sodium lauryl sulfate. While there is no conclusive evidence yet, many consumer watch groups fear that chemicals like the above are toxic when absorbed in high doses. It is true that the doses in cosmetic products are too low to cause harm but surely it will not hurt to limit your exposure to them. Besides, these chemicals are also often a source of skin allergens.
Use every last bit of your products
Make a conscious effort to always use every last drop of your skincare, makeup, and body care products. To get the most out of the bottles and tubes, get yourself some tube squeezers and spatulas that have been cleverly-designed to scrap every last bit of the product from the container.
When you are done, recycle the containers where possible. Besides that, many stores also offer incentive programmes that reward you when you bring your empty bottles in for recycling.
Now that you know the ways to green your beauty routine, it is time to implement these ways in your life and to make it a habit.