Looking to eco-boost your makeup bag? With a little help from SSNC, we have collected the best hands-on advice.
1. Clean Your Brushes
You’ve probably already heard from a dozen beauty gurus that cleaning your brushes regularly – preferably every time you’ve used them – is essential. However, brush cleaning is not only a beauty YouTuber’s best friend – it’s also important for us health and eco devotees.
Because what happens when your makeup brushes are left lying around dirty? They collect dust. It’s well studied that the dust in our homes mirrors our chemical environment, and the same studies have found everything from bromated flame-retardants to phthalates and perfluorinated substances in dust. That’s not something you want to swoosh around in your face.
2. Don’t Do Anti-Dandruff
Many common anti-dandruff shampoos contain zinc pyrithione, a substance that is highly poisonous for fish and other water organisms. Half a teaspoon of such a shampoo is enough to kill 50% of the fish in a 265-gallon aquarium within 4 days!
So: if you think you have dandruff, investigate if it’s actually just dry skin flakes from your scalp (it’s considerably more common than you think!). In that case, moisturizing the scalp usually solves the problem. Use a mild shampoo and give the scalp an oil massage every now and then.
3. Use Less for More
If you buy and use fewer products, you’re also decreasing the total amount of harmful substances you’re exposed to every day and doing the environment a favor.
But how can you cut down on products while still maintaining your day-to-day look? Our best tip is to look for multi-use products. Many organic makeup brands carry small pots or sticks that you can use both on cheeks, lips and lids. And even if the packaging specifically says “lipstick”, we’re betting a dime on that it will look gorgeous lightly blended on your cheeks anyway.
4. The Longer it Sits…
A good rule of thumb is that the longer your skin is exposed to a product, the more careful you should be when choosing it. In practice, this means that you can skip on the hand soap and shower gel if you like and focus your energy on stuff that actually stays on your skin. This is extra important when it comes to products that are easily absorbed, like skin- and body moisturizers. Naty Eco Lotion should satisfy the demands of even the thirstiest skin.
However, for the sake of the environment, we strongly suggest that you at least check if your soap is biodegradable before purchase.
5. Say No to Fragrance
Fragrance is notoriously hard to assess from a health and environmental point of view, as the scent ingredients usually remain a mystery. So, the safest way to go is definitely fragrance free – or at least decreasing your amount of perfumed products.
If you know for sure that you’re not sensitive to fragrance, you can try wearing natural scents like oils and extracts in small doses. There are even exclusive perfume brands entirely specialized in organic fragrances nowadays, so you won’t need to cut down on the glam! But do remember to be careful, as natural fragrances can cause just as many allergic reactions as synthetic ones.
For kids, always go fragrance free. Even mild scents, no matter how pleasant, can be harsh on sensitive baby skin.
6. Watch Out for Halloween
If you’re cleaning out your makeup bag and you really mean it, not even Halloween is safe. In a 2015 study by the Swedish Society of Nature Conservation, half of the tested Halloween paint kits contained hormone disrupting and/or allergenic substances. So you have every reason to stay away from grease paint and other Halloween play makeup as much as possible.
One way to stay safe is to dress the kids up in costumes that don’t require any makeup. For bonus points: create your own DIY costume of what you already have at home. Mother Nature says thank you!