Sustainability is finally making its way into the mainstream beauty industry. Tree huggers rejoice! Here are three sustainable beauty swaps for your skin, hair, and body care routine.

Reusable cotton rounds for sustainable beauty practices.
Reusable cotton rounds are an excellent first step to sustainable beauty. Photo By Eco Panda on Unsplash.

Swap out disposable cotton rounds for reusable rounds.

If you’re like me and use toner like it’s magic, because it is, then you use at least one cotton round a day. But it’s unnecessary to create daily waste for a non-essential item. Thankfully, there’s a solution to this waste nightmare.

For removing makeup or applying skincare items, try reusable cotton rounds. When they’re dirty, just throw them in the washing machine. Most rounds are good for over 1,000 washes.

Forget unsustainable beauty care. Once you try this swap, you’ll never go back.

Oils are a great sustainable beauty product/ingredient.
The key to sustainability is conciousness, awareness, and action Photo by Chelsea Shapouri on Unsplash.

Ditch makeup wipes and try the double cleansing method.

Like cotton rounds, makeup wipes are a single-use item. It makes me feel awful to imagine the giant pile of makeup wipes I’ve made over the years. When I switched to the double cleansing method, I felt less like a human waste weenie.

The double cleansing method originated in Korea. This method uses an oil-based cleanser to remove makeup and a water-based cleanser to wash the face.

Not only does this swap remove the use of single waste products, but it also cleans your skin on a deeper level. There are no losers in the sustainable beauty care game!

My favorite oil cleanser is The Ordinary’s Squalane Cleanser. It’s vegan, cruelty free, and gentle on my sensitive skin. At $20 for 5 ounces, this makes sustainable beauty care attainable.

The big three R's: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle can apply to your beauty routine.
The three big R’s: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle can apply to your beauty routine. Photo by Марьян Блан | @marjanblan on Unsplash

Support sustainable beauty brands that use biodegradable, recyclable, or reusable packaging.

Thankfully, many brands are catching on to Lush Cosmetic’s sustainable beauty care packaging. In a perfect world, sustainable beauty care wouldn’t include plastic packaging, but it’s a process to get to that point. Target, Walgreens, and Walmart carry the brand Love Beauty and Planet, which makes recyclable skin, hair, and body care packaging.

They are also carbon conscious and cruelty-free. With most of their products coming in at less than $8.00, it’s an affordable option for sustainable beauty care products.

I love the Lavender deodorant, Turmeric body wash, and Shea hand cream. This brand does half the work of sustainable beauty packaging, but you have to pull your weight too. So remember to clean out the containers before recycling them!

For a lower waste option, Plaine Products is killing the sustainable beauty packaging game. They’re known for their shampoo and conditioner, but they also sell sustainable body and face care. Their goal is to eliminate single-use plastics. To do this, they have created a four-step system. The system goes as follows. Once you’re out of a product, clean the container, send it back for a refill, and then continue using the same bottle. The company breaks it down further here.

Sustainable beauty care isn't just for ourselves, but the planet too.
Sustainable beauty care isn’t just for ourselves, but the planet too.
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There you have it, my sustainable beauty friends! Remember, the point of beauty care is to treat yourself well, but our planet needs urgent care too. So let’s take care of Mother Nature in any way we can!