While there are a lot of different ways that you can live a more sustainable life and cut out things like harmful plastics from your grocery shopping, daily routines, and overall lifestyle, beauty products seem to have fallen a bit behind when it comes to sustainability. So if this is something that’s important to you but you haven’t yet found a line of fully sustainable products that you absolutely love, here are three ways that anyone can tweak their current beauty regimen to make things a little more sustainable.
Make The Change Gradually
When a cause really hits home for you, you might find that you’re anxious to get rid of everything else from your life and start fresh with this brand new thing. But when it comes to sustainability in your beauty routine, making changes a little more slowly might actually be for the best.
If you currently have a lot of beauty products that weren’t sustainably made or use plastic, you’re going to be creating a lot of waste by just throwing those products out now. Instead of doing this, you should wait until you’ve used up all of whatever product you’re looking to replace and then start using that replacement when you actually need it. This way, you won’t be wasting products or packaging materials that you’ve already purchased and begun using. And by slowly building up your supply, you can do it in a more sustainable way.
Use Less Water
Almost no beauty routine is going to involve using no water. But since clean, fresh water is such a finite resource on this planet, it’s important that you’re not using more water than is needed throughout your beauty regimens.
To do this, you should try things like turning off the water while you’re washing your face or brushing your teeth. Additionally, if you can manage it, try to go a few days between shampooing your hair. And when you are in the shower doing part of your beauty routine, try to be as quick as you can or turn off the water when you’re in the lathering and washing phases.
Reuse Everything You Can
In many instances, reusing a product or a material is all a matter of being creative. So rather than just throwing something away once you’re done with it, try to find a way to reuse that item at least once more.
For some products, you might be able to purchase them in biodegradable or compostable packaging, which means you can dispose of that item in your own compost pile. But if this isn’t an option, try looking into refillable beauty products or washable wipes or cloths.
If your beauty routine is one area of your life where you’re falling short in your determination to live more sustainably, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you overcome this.