low waste skincare guide October 14 2020, 2 Comments

When it comes to skincare, it can be soooo tempting to buy everything. We want to try it all! And before we know it, we have four different moisturizers and a cleanser for every day of the week. All of those bottles, jars and containers add up to an accumulation of waste and extra products that never get used. There are plenty of ways to prevent this from happening. By creating a low-waste skincare routine, you’re giving your skin exactly what it needs without the excess for a simpler, more sustainable beauty regime.

Do the research

It’s easy to walk into a store or click on a product that looks great and purchase it on the spot. But truth be told, skincare is a very personal thing and so many products out there might not be right for you. Take your time and do some research. Read reviews, talk to friends. Spend some time understanding what your skin needs and look for products that cater to those needs. What’s your skin type? Determine whether it’s oily, dry or combination and build a routine to match. And if you’re unsure or nervous, the best way to test a new product is through a sample program. This way you can get a feel for it without a big commitment.

Make it visible

We all forget. It happens. We’ll buy that extra lotion, then put it in a drawer never to be seen again. The best way to prevent this from happening is by keeping all or your products as visible as possible. This way, you know exactly what you have and what you’re getting low on and can purchase accordingly, without duplicates.

Use it!

Skincare products, especially natural ones, are not meant to be saved for a rainy day. By saving rather than using, you run the risk of missing the expiry date, thus leading to more waste and more purchasing. Use what you have and enjoy it! Alternatively, if you find that a product isn’t working for you, rather than just throwing it out, consider gifting a friend you think might benefit. Who knows? Maybe it will be their dream product!

Listen

Just as we listen to our bodies to understand what’s best for them, we should also listen to our skin. Sometimes using too many products can actually be harmful and have the opposite effect, making some skin concerns seem worse. Oftentimes less is more. Try not to overdo it, observe what works and what doesn’t and you’ll be able to determine what’s best for you, which will not only be beneficial for your skin, but for the environment too.

What are some steps that you take to make your skincare routine low-waste? We’re always open and looking for new ideas to maintain a sustainable, eco-friendly lifestyle. We’d love to hear what you think!