Like a good beauty junkie, I have always been interested in natural beauty but usually got distracted by big brands’ bright colours and enchanting ads. Becoming a vegan and getting more interested in the effects our actions have on our planet, I have been searching for little ways to be gentler to the earth, without going insane in the process.
Minimise your routine
I changed my beauty routine last year because I felt all the products I was putting on my skin weren’t helping and, also, I didn’t want to waste hours getting ready every morning. It just isn’t worth it for me. The results were more time, more money and a better skin!
Discover natural oils
It’s incredible what oils can do to our skin and hair. It took me a while to get the courage to try oils. My skin used to be very oily and was breaking out quite often. I was in a vicious circle: the oilier my skin was, the more I scrubbed it; the more I scrubbed it, the more breakouts I got. I have started using oils instead of rich night creams and my skin instantly started getting better. Slowly, I stopped over scrubbing and started using more gentle products to remove my make-up. The change I saw in my skin has been amazing. In addition to that, I bought fewer products and saved a lot of money in the process. Now, oils are my first allies when it comes to beauty. From hair to skin, they are the secret that’ll keep us glowing, head to toe!
If you have never been into DIY, you might have to reconsider it. A lot of the products that we use can easily be reproduced at home with natural ingredients. Not only you’ll avoid “nourishing” your skin with nasty chemicals, you will also eliminate the plastic waste that comes with the (over)packaging. Now that the trend is spreading, it will be very easy to find easy recipes to craft your own scrub, toothpaste and so on. Head on over to your Pinterest boards, now!
Use long lasting items
Unfortunately, beauty means (a lot) of waste that could be avoided. Think about all the cotton pads, bottles of soap, razors and tampons. We create an incredible amount of trash, even though there are different and more environmentally friendly alternatives. The change starts from the smallest actions: using a bar of soap instead of liquid bottled soaps or ditch the razor for an electric epilator. There are an enormous amount of possibilities, if you are willing to change your habits, just a bit.
Are you ready to take a chance?
Photos: Christopher Campbell / Katherine Hanlon