With all the news about climate change blasted on social media, you may be compelled to look into your own lifestyle and measure your own carbon footprint. You may also rethink your purchases when it comes to certain products, especially when you look into your skincare routine, too. Transitioning to an eco-friendly skincare routine isn’t as tedious as you think. Below, an easy guide on how to lessen your carbon footprint in your skincare products:
1. Do your research.
Just because something is made from organic products doesn’t mean it was procured via earth-friendly practices. Research about beauty brands that are transparent in their eco-friendly mission and also invested in conservation projects that give back to the environment.
One such brand is Origins, and they've made it their advocacy to source ingredients directly from nature. Not only that, the brand makes sure these ingredients come from renewable sources to help protect the environment. An ingredient prominent in its skincare is reishi, a mushroom used in traditional Chinese medicine. Known for its ability to help soothe and restore resilience into the skin, the ingredient can be found in the Origins Mega-Mushroom Advanced Face Serum and Mega-Mushroom Treatment Lotion.
2. Read the label.
Make it a habit to know what goes in the skincare products you use. Check the ingredients to see if they're plant-derived. A few red flags to convince you to leave the bottle on the rack are phthalates, parabens, and formaldehyde. These toxic chemicals are carcinogenic, or have been linked to causing cancer when combined with other chemicals.
An example of a product with plant-derived ingredients is Origins' Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash. It’s a cleanser that’s formulated with mint to get rid of excess oil and leave your skin feeling refreshed. Be especially careful with anti-acne products, since they're usually formulated with ingredients that can dry out and irritate the skin. If you're in need of a spot treatment that won't do a lot of damage, try Origins' Super Spot Remover. It's formulated with saw-palmetto to help treat blemishes and prevent discoloration.
3. Avoid microbeads.
Plastic or polyethylene microbeads are often used in beauty products as an exfoliant to slough off dead skin cells, but as it turns out, these can cause small abrasions, leading to uneven and rough skin in the long run. Not only that, microbeads non-biodegradable and so miniscule in size that they can’t be filtered out of water systems, so these can end up in rivers and oceans, disrupting marine life.
As an alternative, look for natural exfoliants that are safe to use on your skin as these are commonly dissolvable in water. For a face mask that helps clear and detox skin, go for the Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask. It has bamboo charcoal that acts like a magnet to help unclog pores and get rid of skin impurities.
4. Check the packaging.
An attractive package might be nice to look at. But if it produces unnecessary waste, then it’s time to divert your attention to products with minimal design. Also search for the recycle symbol on the packaging to check if the boxes and bottles can be converted into reusable goods.
Perhaps the most reusable type of packaging is the wide-mouth tub since it's easy to clean and can store different things, from lotions and creams to even jewelry and knick-knacks that can easily get lost in your room. If you want to mindful about the packaging, go for a moisturizer like Origins' Original Skin Matte Moisturizer. It's formulated with willowherb to help keep your skin looking smooth and matte, and once you're done with the product, you can reuse or recycle the tub.
When you start following an eco-friendly skincare routine, you’re doing your part in saving the environment. Beauty brands like Origins dedicate themselves to the well-being of both its consumers and the planet. These skincare products are much easier to find nowadays and aren’t just exclusive to women, too. Watch this couple try Origins products on their skin: