Thinking of going green? You don’t need to go all “hippie granola” to do your bit for the environment. In fact, just a few simple changes to your beauty routine can make a world of difference! Read on for our guide to six easy ways to green up your glam.
Read The Label
Concerned about what you put on your skin? Learn to read the labels. Skin Deep is a safety database created by the Environmental Working Group. It lists over 70,000 products in 130 different product categories. It’s a convenient way to check the ratings for a wide range of products you use everyday. Ingredients to look out for include plastic microbeads, phthalates, perfumes, dyes and alcohol.
Ditch The Excess Packaging
More and more brands are ditching their packaging. The leader of the trend would be Lush (AKA the best place to get your bath bombs). About half of their products require absolutely no packaging at all. Look for brands that use minimal packaging, or pack their products in recycled materials.
Waste Not, Want Not
If you use cotton balls or cotton pads to take off your makeup or to apply your skincare, replace ’em with a reusable cotton wash cloth. Ditch the disposable plastic razors and pick up a refillable metal one. Throw out your old plastic toothbrush and invest in an eco-friendly one. Not only are these changes kinder to the environment, it’s easier on your wallet too.
You might consider yourself the queen of recycling in your kitchen. But oftentimes, our good recycling habits don’t extend to our bathrooms. Make it easier for yourself and put a dedicated recycling bin in your bathroom. That way, you have no excuse to forget. Toilet paper rolls, product packages and empty bottles will all get recycled and won’t end up in a landfill somewhere.
By now you know how much we love an efficient multi-purpose product, like a moisturizer with SPF or a 2-in-1 face and body scrub. They shorten our routines, and help reduce waste! Korean skincare brands are way ahead of the trend and offer a wide variety of multi-functional products. Their BB and CC creams are a prime example as they serve as moisturizer/sunscreen/foundation combo. Other things to look for? Lip and cheek tints, blushes that can be used as eye shadow, etc. You get the idea!
Support Green Beauty Brands
Start checking the packaging of the products you buy. If the brand uses recycled materials for their packaging, I guarantee it will be listed on the box. If they offer refillable products, they’ll shout it from the rooftops. Nowadays it’s easier than ever to find brands that don’t test on animals, support fair trade, and use sustainable practices to source the ingredients for their products. Every month, SlutBox is packed with Amber’s newest favorite all-natural, cruelty free cosmetics, skincare, body care, and hair care so you can get your fix all in one place!
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