How To Use Less Plastic In Your Beauty Regime

How To Use Less Plastic In Your Beauty Regime

Majority of your makeup products are non-biodegradable. But you can change that if you use less plastic in your beauty regime. Here's how.

Here's the truth: it is possible to use less plastic in your beauty regime! The zero-waste lifestyle has not only been a hot topic on social media; but conscious Millennials are proactively opting for it.

In fact, as a Millennial it feels good to say that our generation is leading this change. One scroll on Facebook and I notice my feed filled with videos and articles on minimal waste lifestyle, beach clean-ups and even dangers that we pose to animals because of our constant use of plastic.  

It's when I watch these videos and read these articles that it hits me- shouldn't we be more conscious about our purchasing decisions? Shouldn't we worry more about our environment?

To be honest, I wasn't as committed to use less plastic in my beauty regime as I am today. I was constantly at war with myself, because on one hand I knew I would get a lot of cheaper options in the non-zero-waste beauty products. On the other hand a zero-waste beauty was better for my skin, albeit a bit more expensive.

But I am happy to report that I chose the latter and realised that it’s not just about the brand, it’s also about my actual life choices. So here are 11 ways for you (and I) to use less plastic in our beauty regimes.

1. Switch to Tin, Paper, Glass, or Bamboo Packaging

 

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The first way to address the 'plastic' part of the phrase 'less plastic in your beauty regime' is to opt for either biodegradable or reusable beauty items available in the market.

There are brands like RMS Beauty that uses stainless and glass packaging with a 100 percent recycle rate. Ilia uses recyclable aluminum, and Tata Harper uses glass packaging for its products. If there are indie or local brands that also do this, support those brands as well. 

2. Use Packaging-Free Essentials

 

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The best things come in bars. Shampoo bars, conditioner bars, soap bars are the beauty products you should start scouting for immediately if you want to make the switch.

Since these are items you use on a daily basis, its best to stock-up on them from the get-go. Lush has a wide spectrum of packaging-free items. In fact, they started the "bar" trend themselves, so you're sure to find shampoo, soap, and conditioner bars here. 

3. Just DIY It

 

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Did you know that you can make toothpaste out of coconut oil, baking soda, stevia, and peppermint oil? Well, now you do.

You can use DIY methods in your skincare, hygiene, and makeup items are a big win for three reasons: you use less plastic, ingredients are usually found in your kitchen, and you save money.

For starters, you can make lipstick out of coconut oil or beeswax, essential oils of your choice, and Mica powder. You can create shampoo out of coconut milk, liquid Castille soap, almond oil, and essential oils. If you need a facewash use coconut oil, baking soda, and essential oils such as lavender, frankincense, and lemon. 

4. Meet Your New Friend: The Safety Razor

 

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Body hair shouldn’t even be an issue, but okay fine, I’ve got to admit that I like my pits and legs shaved when I know I’ll wear something skimpier than usual. You do you!

And if you’re like me, invest in a safety razor that is made of out metal, can be bought packaging-free or in paper packaging, and is sharp AF.

Plus, it lasts longer than flimsy plastic razors. We recommend the Parker Double Edge Razor and the Captain Fawcett Safety Razor. Both are available in The Panic Room

5. Make a Statement With Vegan Lipsticks

 

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Vegan makeup products are so underrated because people think they're not as good as non-vegan brands. We beg to differ.

Technology has evolved so much that even vegan, cruelty-free, all natural makeup brands stump that brand you’re used to. There’s Kat Von Dy, Too-Faced, Tarte, Hourglass, Urban Decay, the list goes on.

6. Give Natural Deodorants A Go

I don’t know why after all these years deodorants still come in plastic packaging! Deodorants have harmful chemicals that may keep the odour at bay but also damage your pits, hence the discolouration. I suggest you give natural deodorants a go.

VMV Hypoallergenics has one in a spray bottle (which means you can reuse it) that doesn’t have fragrance but keeps the stink and pit sweat at bay sans the harmful chemicals. 

7. Invest In A Makeup Eraser

Facial tissues might be your go-to makeup wipes but hear me out and try The Makeup Eraser.

It’s a reusable, ultra-soft, chemical-free, woven polyester-blend cloth that removes stubborn makeup (yes, including waterproof mascara) with just hot water.

If you’re skeptical, check reviews on Youtube and be amazed. Here's one from Tati of Glam Life Guru who uses The Makeup Eraser and Chloe Morello who uses The Face Halo (a similar product). 

8. Take Care Of Your Tools

 

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Actually, this applies to all the items you own, not just items in your beauty regime. If you clean your brushes properly and store them in a safe place you’ll find yourself with tools that last you a lifetime.

If you must buy a new makeup tool, make sure it’s made of anything other than plastic. Eco Tools is an affordable brand with brushes made out of bamboo while RMS Beauty is a high-end brand that uses vegan bristles.

Zoeva also has a roster of brushes that have wooden handles. If you want something really luxurious but eco-friendly, Chikuhodo is the brand to go for.  

8. Embrace Environment-Conscious Brands

The best way to use less plastic in your beauty regime is to do your research and find brands that support your cause.

Not only will you get a purchase that saves the environment, you’ll also help sustain their business, hopefully encouraging other brands and consumers to do the same.

9. Use Multi-Purpose Products

 

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Marketing has fooled us into thinking that we need 10,000 products on our face. No, you don’t need two facial mists, you don’t need two contour powders, you don’t need two moisturisers.

You don’t even need eyeshadows anymore if you have blush, bronzer, and highlight powders.

Makeup is pigment and you can definitely use all of them in different parts of your face. Maximise each product in your vanity and use lipstick as your blush, or interchange your face powders and use them as eyeshadow.

If you have black hair, you can even use mascara as a brow gel if you apply with a light hand. It takes a bit of creativity and technique but you'll get used to it!

10. Buy Minis Instead

 

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When was the last time you finished a powder compact, lipstick, or a bottle of foundation? I’m guessing not anytime soon. Well, I have a proposal for you: buy minis and travel-sized products instead!

It’s probably a quarter of the prize, too. So it’s a win-win.

These 11 ways give you literally no excuse to not use less plastic in your beauty regime. We actually have one last tip for your current plastic beauty items: reuse and repurpose.

Although, at the end of the day I know it boils down to this question “Do I really need to buy this?” Most of the time the answer is no. When that moment comes, I know that I am now going to be steadfast, zero-waste conscious and not “add to cart.”

After all, I only have one face! 

Also read: 9 ways to care for Asian skin tone

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