5 Ways to Make Your Skincare Routine More Sustainable

So many of us want to be more sustainable, but don't know where to begin. Sustainability can seem so overwhelming and like an all or nothing quest. But even adopting a few more sustainable practices than you're doing now can make a huge difference! Here are 5 ways you can be more sustainable in your skincare routine.

  1. Choose Eco-Friendly Packaging: The first step in creating a sustainable skincare routine is to be mindful of packaging. Opt for products that use minimal, recyclable, or biodegradable packaging. Look for brands committed to reducing their environmental impact by using glass, paper, or other eco-friendly materials. Additionally, consider purchasing products in larger sizes or bulk to minimize packaging waste. Here at Sleep Soobi we use exclusively sustainable packaging; our poly mailers that we ship orders in are made of 100% recycled plastic and are reusable, we ship each top in a reusable mesh laundry bag instead of the typical single use plastic poly bag, and all paper used for thank you notes, packing slips, etc is 100% recycled paper.

  2. DIY Skincare: Embrace the simplicity of do-it-yourself (DIY) skincare by creating your own beauty products at home. Many effective skincare treatments can be made using natural ingredients from your kitchen, reducing the need for commercially packaged products. From face masks to scrubs, DIY skincare not only minimizes waste but also allows you to tailor formulations to your skin's unique needs. Self Magazine published an article with some great DIY face masks that we at Sleep Soobi have tried and loved!

  3. Choose Sustainable Ingredients: Look for skincare products that prioritize sustainable and ethically sourced ingredients. Sustainable choices may include plant-based ingredients, organic farming practices, and cruelty-free formulations. Retailers like Credo make it easy and do the research for you! They only offer clean product lines that are ethically sourced and have sustainable packaging so you don't have to do the guess-work to find the right products.

  4. Embrace Minimalism: Sustainable skincare also involves adopting a minimalist approach. Rather than accumulating a multitude of products, focus on high-quality essentials that serve multiple purposes. Streamlining your routine not only reduces the environmental impact of excessive product consumption but also simplifies your daily regimen. Consider multi-use products that can hydrate, protect, and nourish your skin in one application.

  5. Recycle and Upcycle: Recycling is a simple yet effective way to make your skincare routine more sustainable. Ensure that you properly recycle empty containers and packaging. Some brands offer recycling programs or incentives for returning empty product containers. Additionally, consider upcycling by repurposing containers for other uses, reducing the overall demand for new packaging materials.

Transforming your skincare routine into a sustainable practice doesn't require a complete overhaul. Simple, mindful choices can make a significant impact for a more sustainable and earth-friendly beauty regimen.

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