Beauty on a budget: Save the planet and look great doing it!
Save the planet and look great doing it!
Garnier Micellar Reusable Eco Pads, £8.99 for three, Boots, replace the need for single-use cotton pads. Splash with micellar water and gently swipe across your face. Each microfibre pad can be washed 1,000 times, so it’s great for the planet and your purse!
Roll-on deodorants are made from two types of plastic and a nightmare to recycle. Try one with zero packaging, like Lush Aromaco Deodorant, £6.50, Lush. Rub the solid bar over your armpits and feel fresh – and guilt-free – all day.
Rhyme & Reason Nourish & Gloss Shampoo, £8.99, Boots, has some serious eco credentials – it’s vegan-friendly, cruelty-free and the bottle is 100% recyclable. Plus it’s dermatologist approved, with a coconut water and hyaluronic acid-enriched formula that leaves your hair smooth and shiny.
Wash & go
Look on the bottom of any plastic product in your bathroom. Can you see an arrow triangle with a number in it? This tells you how easy it is to recycle. One and two are the best and easiest to recycle, while seven can’t be reused in any way. Faith in Nature Body Wash, £5.50, Boots, gets top marks and is fully recyclable.
Give your make-up bag an ecofriendly makeover with a set of vegan make-up brushes. Animal-hair brushes are being dumped in favour of cruelty-free synthetic bristles. Spectrum brushes, from £5.99, Boots, are vegan, cruelty-free and made from silky-soft synthetic fibres.
When it comes to sustainability, sheet masks are persona non grata. As much as we love their glow-giving, moisture-injecting benefits, they are massively wasteful. Opt for cream masks like The Beauty Kitchen Seahorse Plankton 5 Minute Miracle Mask, £15, beautykitchen.co.uk – you’ll get more uses. Even better, this sustainable brand offers a free return service so they can wash and repurpose the empties.
Experts say you should replace your hairbrush every year – that’s a lot of plastic pollution. Made from natural, plant based materials that degrade after five years, Lily England Eco Kind Paddle Brush & Comb Set, £12.99, lilyengland.com, will keep your mane in top condition and your conscience clean.
Hit the bar
Switching from shower gel to soap is a much more planet-friendly bathroom choice. Upcircle Organic Fennel + Cardamom Chai Soap Bar, £6.99, upcirclebeauty.com, utilises surplus spices leftover from chai syrup. Deep-cleansing green clay helps draw out toxins and impurities from pores, while shea butter keeps things smooth.
When you’ve finished the last drop of your favourite shampoo, don’t buy the whole shebang again. Loads of brands are jumping on the refill bandwagon, like Aussie Miracle Moist Shampoo Refill, £6, Boots, which uses 60% less plastic than a standard bottle.
If you want to make healthier beauty choices, there are some synthetic nasties to avoid like sodium lauryl sulfate, fragrance and parabens. If clean ingredients are important to you, try Q+A Grapefruit Cleansing Balm, £9, qandaskin.com, made from 100% natural ingredients, including plant oils and cocoa butter.
Fun in the sun
Did you know that there are chemicals in SPF called oxybenzone and octinoxate, which bleach coral reefs and affect marine life? Nivea Protect & Moisture Lotion SPF 50, £8.50, is formulated without these harmful chemicals and entirely reef-friendly.
We get through 1.8 billion cotton swabs in England each year and about 10% of those are flushed down the toilet. Next time you need to fix a mascara smudge, ditch single-use q-tips and try Lastswab, £9, lastobject.com, a reusable bud that can be used 1,000 times. The tip is made from thermoplastic polymers and easily cleansed with soap and water.