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Sustainable, zero-waste beauty routines have become one of the biggest beauty trends as of late. People are not only on the hunt for skin care products to tackle their skin care concerns and makeup products to bring their favorite makeup looks to life, but also for ways to make their daily regimen more eco-friendly. If you’ve been meaning to make some changes to your own routine, we think there’s no better time than the present with Earth Day right around the corner. Below, find nine tips to help make your beauty routine more sustainable.
By now, you hopefully know that recycling is important. The containers of your favorite face serums, facial cleansers, and moisturizers don’t have to go to waste! Make sure you recycle them so they can be repurposed. You can also upcycle certain products by getting a little crafty. Consider using an old jar or bottle as a DIY makeup brush holder!
Reusable cotton pads made from cotton or terry cloth are a great eco-friendly option for removing your makeup. Saturate one with the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof - All Skin Types, glide it over your face, and watch your makeup—even waterproof mascara—disappear! No harsh rubbing or disposable cotton pads required. After using you can simply throw the reusable pads in the wash and they’ll be as good as new.
Simplify your beauty routine and cut back on waste by using multi-tasking products, like the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Resurface & Energize Kona Coffee Scrub. This face scrub can be used to exfoliate your face and your lips—score! Want some more tips for simplifying your routine? Here’s A Minimalist Skin Care Routine That Works and The Minimalist’s Guide to Makeup.
You may not realize it, but the water you use can take a toll on planet Earth. When washing your face, or during any other parts of your routine where water is required, don’t leave the water running! We recommend splashing your face with water and applying your cleanser with damp fingers before turning the faucet off. Massage the cleanser over your face, then turn the water back on to rinse off. While it may seem easier to just leave the water running, this little bit of time can make a big impact!
Microfiber cloths are another eco-friendly option for removing your makeup. These cloths can also be used when washing your face and exfoliating. Just make sure to clean the cloths regularly to avoid transferring dirt and bacteria back onto your skin!
Finished a tube of mascara? Rather than tossing it in the trash, repurpose your old mascara wands. After cleaning them of any remaining product, they can be donated or used to brush your brows or lash extensions!
Reusable shopping bags are nothing new, however, you may be accustomed to only bringing them with you when you're shopping for groceries. But what about when you're buying beauty products? The next time you need to stock up on foundation, hair spray, and self-tanner, bring a few reusable bags with you!
Your beauty tools can be sustainable, too! Makeup blenders, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender, are a more eco-friendly alternative to using disposable applicators. You can also purchase makeup brushes made from recycled materials!
Packaging can play a big role in the amount of waste caused by your beauty routine. To make your beauty routine more sustainable, consider reaching for products that have minimal or no packaging, like bar soap and shampoo bars.
Now that you know how to show the planet some love through your beauty routine, it's time to do the same for yourself. Here’s How to Practice Self-Care with Your Beauty Routine.