Sustainable Beauty Products

Having a sustainable beauty routine means making room for cosmetics made with natural, organic, vegan, cruelty-free and genderless ingredients. And the interesting thing is that these products respect the planting period of each species, do not have components of animal origin and are free of synthetic compositions that can harm the environment. To start taking advantage of these products, check out the list!

Reduce the amount of products used – Escape the consumer appeal imposed through mass media. Purchase and use only the products really necessary for your skin in your daily life. Before you buy them, evaluate whether they will actually be useful. Reducing the quantity of products is the first step towards sustainable beauty habits.

Opt for solid cosmetics – Still in terms of packaging, it is worth opting for solid cosmetics whose packaging is made of recyclable or compostable paper. You can start by replacing the liquid soap with a solid version.

Identify sustainable attitudes – Check if a certain brand has environmental awareness projects, how to advertise its product and avoid, for example, the waste of packaging and leaflets, and whether recyclable materials and biodegradable packaging are used, as those of ordinary plastic take time to decompose in the environment.

Use until the end – Do your best to use a product to the end. If you have not adapted to the use of it in the manner indicated, invent a new use. Facial creams that did not work on the skin of the face, can be used on the body. Soaps that didn’t work at all, can be used to wash the dishes or clean the house for example. Donating the product is also an option.

Search for seals – At the time of purchase, the tip is to look for brands that have packaging with certificate seals, such as “Recycle”.

Skincare Routine

Cleaning – Use a soap made by natural saponification to wash your face. There are several artisans who produce soaps made with vegetable oils, resins, clays and botanical extracts specific to each type of skin. Select the one whose description best suits your needs.

Toning – Balances the skin’s pH, provides nutrients and removes the deepest impurities. You can exchange the tonic full of synthetic fragrances, alcohol and aggressive preservatives for a full version of botanical ingredients. An excellent option of facial tonic are herbal infusions, teas.

Chamomile or lavender for sensitive skin, green or white tea for mature skin, rosemary or witch hazel for oily skin, thyme or oregano for acne-prone skin, hibiscus or marigold for dry skin. The tea lasts up to three days in the refrigerator.

Use filtered water for your preparation, and do it the same way you prepare a tea to drink, only more concentrated. To increase the shelf life, add one tablespoon of live organic (unpasteurized) vinegar to each cup of tea. Lasts up to ten days in the refrigerator. Another option for toning the skin is hydrolates or floral waters. Apply using crochet disks or soft fabric. Watch your eyes if you use the vinegar tonic.

Hydration – Every skin needs hydration. Here it is worth investing in a ready-made product, suited to your needs. Choose a natural moisturizer. Or purchase simple, branded formulations made with vegetable oils, waxes, butters and essential oils.

You can also prepare a serum to use after the tonic. Alternating with your moisturizer or using exclusively. Use a tablespoon of jojoba oil and five drops of essential oil. Make sure the aroma appeals to you and when in doubt, consult an aromatherapist. Store the mixture in a dropper glass and massage two to five drops on the face and neck.

For the eye area, you can use a drop of jojoba oil, rosehip. Jojoba oil is a multifunctional ingredient and great option for removing makeup or sunscreen. Massage your face with a few drops and then remove with a crochet diskette or clean fabric. Then wash your face with soap.

Solar protection – The sunscreen should be used whenever you are going to be overly exposed to the sun. On a daily basis, if the exposure is small, you can use natural mineral makeup on your face that contains ingredients with zinc oxide, clays and / or mineral pigments, which act as physical protection. Avoid formulas with the following ingredients: benzophenone-3 (oxybenzone), homosalate, octyl methoxinamate and 4-methyl benzylidene camphor. A diet rich in pigmented foods, such as açaí, red fruits, carrots, beets and dark green vegetables help with sun protection.

Complementary care – From one to two times a week it is good to have an exfoliation and treatment mask. Exfoliation removes impurities, renews and stimulates the skin. The treatment mask revitalizes, replenishes nutrients and addresses specific needs.

Exfoliation – My favorite scrub is made with quartz crystals and white clay. I use a shallow tablespoon of crystals with a shallow tablespoon of white clay and mix honey or cane molasses until it forms a consistent paste. Apply on clean face in circular and smooth movements. Rinse and follow for toning and hydration. If your skin is very sensitive, replace the crystals with oatmeal.

Mask – Instead of an industrialized clay mask, you can choose one prepared by you, using the clay most suitable for your skin type. Clays detoxify, remineralize and make a smooth peel. Just choose the clay that best suits your skin type and separate three tablespoons. Use non-metallic utensils to handle the clay. Add clean water little by little until it forms a creamy consistency. Apply to clean skin with your fingers and wait 20 minutes or a little longer. Rinse and before the clay.

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