I've always been open about my skincare journey. The fact that my skin type is oily, how I always have redness around my nose and that when I break out it's usually on my cheeks or chin. I'm sharing some simple changes that helped clear up my skin in a sustainable manner. No dermatologists, no extra costs, no plastic and no added ingredients. In sum, no bullshit. So today, we're gonna look at how you cancreate your own sustainable skincare routine. Being sustainable means taking responsible for your choices regarding our planet, your health and most importantly, our resources. It goes far beyond recycling, far beyond what's in your food, or who makes your clothes. It's work and it's effort as being ethical can and often does play a huge role. The more you know and the more you educate yourself, the more you make informed decisions about what you consume, what you use and how you look after our planet.
1. CHECK INGREDIENTS
Personally I try to avoid palm oil for various reasons you can read about here. Along with that, I try to opt for anything free of parabens, sulfates, phthalates, formaldehyde and any sunblock chemicals. Many of the above ingredients irritate the skin, can be harmful to the immune system and can be endocrine disruptors; meaning that they disrupt hormones or act as carcinogens (cancer-causing agents). Above all, many aren't beneficial to the environment nor to our health.
2. WASH YOUR FACE IN COOL WATER
Washing your face in cool or lukewarm water is super beneficial for your skin. Warm water, or extremely hot water, dehydrates your skin a lot and strips your skin of natural oil. Cool water, however, tightens your skin, closes pores and can prevent acne. It also makes me feel fresh. Of course, I wash my face in warmer water before a face mask to open my pores in order for the product to really soak into my skin and clean it but rinsing my face immediately with colder water after that has dramatically improved my skin.
3. RECYCLING AND UPCYCLING
Sadly not all packaging is sustainable nor recyclable. I opt for glass or compostable packaging if I can and anything that gets recycled usually is. I upcycle by reusing containers and filling it with rose water or witch hazel to use as toners or face mists.
4. RESEARCH CRUELTY FREE OR VEGAN COMPANIES
This is a no-brainer. Supporting cruelty-free or even better, vegan companies, is so good for the earth and the animals. These ingredients are often natural too, which in turn is much better for your skin!
5. OPT FOR PLASTIC FREE IF YOU CAN
Similar to recycling and upcycling, trying to be plastic free is a huge step towards being sustainable. Sadly, it's not always possible, especially in beauty and skincare. Metal, glass, compostable or biodegradable plastic are all good alternatives. A quick Google search for such products in your area, or online stores that will ship to your country, should be able to help you.
Brands I've Tried & Recommend
Below are some suggestions. Not all of these brands have sustainable packaging, but all are cruelty-free or have vegan options.
What did you think of today's post? Which skincare brands do you think I should try?
All my love,