Guest post by Poppy Jones
We all know how difficult it can be when it comes to switching up our beauty regime, particularly when we have set products that we know and love and refuse to change. If you’re interested in becoming more eco-conscious, then making small changes to your beauty regime is a great place to start. In recent years, the sustainable beauty movement has gained considerable recognition world-wide as more and more people are realizing the importance of engaging more sustainable day-to-day practices, because of the destructive impact that our consumer habits are having has on our planet. Brands have responded to this movement by creating simple solutions to assist you in consuming products in more sustainable ways.
Here are some amazing eco-friendly replacements you can make to your beauty regime so you can make a positive change this year.
Cloud Cloth Makeup Remover
There is no better feeling than taking off your makeup after a long day. Removing your makeup is an essential part of your beauty regime, as it helps keep your skin clear and prevents unwanted breakouts. However, we are all guilty of using one too many makeup wipes and cotton pads and discarding them without thought of where they end up. Flushing makeup wipes down the toilet can cause serious problems in our marine environments, as they don’t disintegrate like toilet paper does.
(In fact, there are only 3 things you should ever flush down the toilet: pee, poo, and (toilet) paper. Almost anything else damages your septic system and wreaks havoc on the environment.)
Fortunately, many beauty brands are coming up with eco-friendly ways you can remove your makeup without harming the planet so you can end the day with a fresh face and a clean conscience. The dual sided Cloud Cloth is a natural cotton cleansing cloth that removes 100% of your makeup and exfoliates the skin. Besides leaving your skin feeling squeaky clean and soft, the Cloud Cloth comes in a pack of three which is completely machine washable, meaning they can be reused over and over again. This makes them a perfect eco-friendly alternative to conventional makeup wipes.
Wish Upon a Sparkle
There’s no denying that glitter is a makeup bag essential, particularly with Valentine’s day and festival season just around the corner. Wish Upon a Sparkle specialises in eco-friendly and affordable cosmetic glitter that is 100% biodegradable, so you don’t need to worry about holding back on the sparkle. The appropriately-named ‘make me blush’ is a beautiful pink face glitter that would be perfect for date night, and you don’t need to feel guilty about packing it on!
Not only is tropic 100% vegan, but it is also the first brand in the UK to use intensely moisturising rarabe butter in its skincare range. Moisturising is an essential part of our beauty regime, but the manufacturing and waste that comes from the production and packaging of most beauty products has disastrous effects on the planet. Also, most moisturisers that claim to use “natural” ingredients are also combined with other chemicals that ultimately, do not make it a truly natural product.
The Whipped Body Velvet Intensely Rich Buttermelt by Tropic uses freshly whipped rarabe butter that melts to an oily texture upon contact with skin, making it super smooth and easy to rub in. The butter is intensely moisturising and perfect for the winter and a gem for people who suffer with dry skin in the cold season. This is a great replacement to add to your beauty regime, as each pot is long-lasting.
What would a beauty regime be without a smudge of lipstick to complete your look? Lipstick is the most widely used makeup product, yet studies show that many of the leading branded lipsticks actually contain traces of harmful and toxic ingredients that could cause serious damage to your health and the environment, not to mention that these ingredients are often tested on animals.
Inika is arguably one of the most popular vegan makeup brands, with a variety of vegan-friendly and cruelty-free products to choose from. Their lipstick range provides a super pigmented, creamy formula with colours to suit everyone’s skin tone.
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Poppy Jones is a health and wellness writer. She loves researching and writing about new lifestyle and beauty trends and topics, as well as keeping up to date with the latest health news. She has recently been researching into sustainable and natural beauty products. When she's not writing, you will find her taking long walks with her two dogs.
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