Conscious beauty means selecting beauty products and practices that focus on your health and the health of the environment. It means respecting your self-care routine without compromising the integrity of the planet.
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Conscious beauty goes far beyond using natural ingredients and recyclable packing. There are many ways to make eco-friendly choices with your self-care products.
Conscious Consumption: Look for products that do not require you to use excessive amounts in order to achieve optimal results. Oftentimes, exaggerated usage is not necessary, but is designed to drive higher sales. Conscious consumption means using products that focus on what your skin and hair need rather than what’s trendy. Look for products that are high-functioning and multifunctional.
Eco-Friendly Packaging: By 2050, it is projected that there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. Many beauty and hygiene products are packaged in plastic bottles and containers, adding to the overload of plastic and garbage in our environment. Choose products that use recyclable materials and/or offer a package reuse program.
Plant-Based Ingredients: Animal-derived ingredients and the production process behind them can be detrimental to animals and the planet as a whole. Bi-products of chemicals found in many beauty products may negatively react with other elements, or cause environmental issues on their own. For example, the concerns that silicones are bio-accumulative, meaning they are building up in the environment, were expressed recently. In addition, traces of silicone have been found in plant and marine life, revealing its negative long-lasting impact. Look for products that use natural, cruelty-free ingredients.
The Right Plant-Based Ingredients: While natural, some plant-derived ingredients are made through excessive processing, making them equally as dangerous as synthetic ingredients. Additionally, some products may use endangered plants as opposed to ethically responsible ingredients, resulting in even more harm to the planet. Corporate farming of plants is another large contributor to the disturbance of our ecosystems, which is why it’s important to use products that don’t contain ingredients such as palm oil or soya in their formulas. Look for products that are sustainably grown and harvested, ethically sourced, and are derived without the use of excessive processing.