When it came to assessing how wasteful my lifestyle was, I didn’t immediately think about my makeup routine. As an almost daily fixture in my life, though, it wasn’t long before I turned my attention to examining how I could reduce my waste and consumption in this area. Many of us use cosmetics, be it skincare or beauty products, pretty much every day; so what can we do to make those routines a little kinder to the planet?
| Research brands’ eco credentials
A little research goes a long way. If you only buy cruelty-free or vegan cosmetics, then you’ll already be a dab hand at checking for certain non-negotiable features. As I’ve started to be more conscious about leading a less wasteful life, I’ve tried to take notice of how environmentally friendly a brand is before buying something from them. Companies whose products come packaged in recyclable containers, or who offer a recycling service, definitely put me at ease – LUSH, White Rabbit and PHB Ethical Beauty are all really good brands who care about the environmental impact of their packaging.
| Ditch the disposables
Things like disposable face wipes and single-use cotton pads are unnecessarily wasteful. Thankfully, they are easily replaced by reusable options such as facial flannels, muslin cloths, and reusable rounds for makeup removal, cleansing and any of your other needs. After using a facial cloth, I rinse it out thoroughly with cold water and leave it to dry overnight, switching to a different cloth every seven days. With small reusable pads, I use both sides and then switch to another one, as I don’t like the idea of using the same side on my face more than once. My reusables are all white, so I just wait til I have a sufficient amount of them in the laundry bin and throw them in with my white wash.
| Invest in multi-purpose products
A great way to reduce waste in your makeup routine is to consolidate the products you use. There are a lot of great multi-purpose products out there; coconut oil is probably my favourite, as it can be used for makeup removal, cleansing, moisturising and oil pulling among other things. Castile soap, which I must try out at some point, is another one.
In terms of makeup products, I recently tried out the Ere Perez Lash and Brow Aloe Vera Gel Mascara*. I’d previously had a mascara and a clear brow gel, and while I might occasionally wear black mascara for a more dramatic eye look, I haven’t missed wearing it on a daily basis at all. The Ere Perez Aloe Vera Gel does a great job of helping me shape my brows before filling them in, and keeping them in place once they’re done. It’s also lovely as a clear mascara for my lashes.
| Use up what you already have
I’m terrible at buying new eyeshadow palettes or foundations before I’ve finished using up other ones in my collection, meaning that I’m needlessly purchasing more things when I simply don’t need to. To combat this, I’ve been trying to appreciate what I already own, rediscovering old favourites along the way.
Do you have any tips for having a less wasteful makeup routine?
*This post was not sponsored, but I did not have to pay for this product