Happy Earth Month! While it’s important to do our best to protect and preserve the planet each and every day, April is a wonderful opportunity for all of us to take small steps that can add up to make a real difference. Beyond recycling, conserving energy and reducing our overall carbon footprint, how about trying a more Earth‐friendly skincare routine? Here are two ways to get started—along with the hydrating products that can help keep your skin and Mother Nature happy.
Choose Natural‐Origin Ingredients
First things first… Think about the quantity of skincare that goes down your drain. From cleansers and exfoliators (both at your sink and in the shower) to wash your hands after applying various potions and lotions, multiply that by the number of skincare‐minded people on the planet.
A conservative estimate of 1% of the world’s population adds up to roughly 76 million of us adding a lot of extra unnatural ingredients to the water supply. Opting for products that contain natural‐origin ingredients helps minimize the impact skincare can have on the environment, without sacrificing the results you want to achieve for your skin.
Skip these Ingredients
There are many questionable ingredients that have been linked to potential unwanted skin and overall health side effects, and many of them require Earth‐unfriendly practices such as unsustainable harvesting to source, as well as unsavory byproducts generated by the production process. Parabens, mineral oils, silicones and PEG are among these ingredients, so avoiding them can reduce their potential impact on the environment.
For the list of ingredients we banned from our clean beauty category, check out the full list here!
What Should You Do Instead?
Supporting brands that have ethical practices like BloomEffects, Sunday Riley, Juice Beauty, and other clean and sustainable brands is a good start. Bloom Effects specifically has product packaging primarily made from recycled materials and is 100% recyclable. The brand is consistently striving to find the newest and most sustainable technologies in order to continually lessen our impact on the environment.