In a world where words like climate change and sustainable living are moving beyond clever captions, it’s time to look closely at your day-to-day beauty routine. Just like in fashion, there’s a movement underway towards green beauty practices that add a glow of goodness to your face and a sheen to your soul. Dermatologist and aesthetic physician Dr Pallavi Sule says that one of the simplest ways to cut plastic from your skincare is to be mindful of the packaging. “Try buying products packed in recycled plastic and paper. Reuse and refill products. Avoid tiny bottles stacked up in the bathroom just because they look cute. Recycle.”
Other than packaging, dermatologist Dr Simal Soin suggests switching over to a washable facial cloth made out of muslin for your face cleaning and not use single-use wet wipes or cotton pads. Her other suggesions: go for make-up brushes crafted from sustainable products like bamboo; use a dry shampoo as it helps in saving water and apply home remedies.
USE LESS, GLOW MORE
Beauty YouTubers Jovita George and Shweta Vijay have talked about paring down your beauty closet to counter the hoarding mentality. In a viral video, George says that hoarding products can actually create a spiral of buying. The idea is to use less but more effective products. Edit your beauty closet with things that you actually use and need. Pick few but more multi-purpose, multi-correctional products that add less waste to the system. Look for 2-in-1 products like a lip and cheek stain. Less products = less packaging = less waste.
Sule says, “The need of the hour is sustainable beauty regimens and skincare. Use natural, organic and plant-based skincare formulations that are also better for your skin.” A pro tip that works: when changing your skincare to more earth-friendly picks, first switch the commonly used items like body wash, shampoo, and lotion – it’d make more impact. Be aware, but also be sensible and practical.
Increasing awareness about sustainable beauty can lead to more responsible consumer choices which will in turn encourage manufacturers to develop more environment friendly products resulting in a virtuous cycle
— Dr Simal Soin, dermatologist
USE LESS WATER
We have all been told this but it can stand to be repeated: don’t leave the water running
How to GREEN UP
-Use bar soap. It’s less packaging, you can use it entirely and there’s no bottle to throw away. You can also use bar shampoo
– Use even the last drop. Invest in a beauty spatula to get the last drop of your product
– Use less make-up. Spend more time on getting a good skin than using more make-up
– Store products well. With proper storage, your products will last longer. Ideal storage is in a cool, dark place like a fridge or closet (not in the loo)
– Use home cures. India is a treasure trove of home cures – dive in
– Ditch that packaging. A lot of boutique brands now offer easy pickups of empty bottles
– Buy local. Buy more local products
– Take a cold shower. It doesn’t strip your skin of natural oils