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6 Tips for a More Sustainable Beauty Routine

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One of the biggest trends in the industry at the moment is eco-friendly beauty products and sustainable skincare . And with many of us using more beauty and skincare products than ever before, reducing waste is essential.

Read on to discover how to get the most out of your skincare and makeup routines while helping to make your routine more eco-friendly.

Why is sustainable beauty important?

In the U.S alone, 7.9 billion units of rigid plastic were created for the cosmetic industry in 2022, resulting in single use plastics ending up in landfill. To work towards zero waste skincare It’s essential we make small changes in our routines to reduce waste, recycle and reuse where possible.

How to Make Your Beauty Routine More Sustainable

1. Use reusable makeup remover pads

Reusable makeup remover pads made from organic cotton, bamboo or microfiber material are an more eco-friendly option for removing makeup than cotton pads or makeup wipes.

Soak a cotton pad with No7’s Cleansing Water, and gently swipe over the skin in circular motions, avoiding the delicate eye area. Formulated with a blend of fruit extracts, antioxidants and natural AHAs, it helps hydrate and refresh the skin, leaving it feeling softer and smoother.

2. Opt for multi-use products

Simplify your eco-friendly makeup routine and reduce waste by opting for double duty products, like No7’s Lip and Cheek Tint.

This creamy tint provides a subtle pop of color to both the lips and cheeks and blends seamlessly into the skin for a healthy, no makeup glow. It’s also infused with hyaluronic acid and vitamin C and E to help deeply moisturize and protect.

3. Use what you have first

Eco-friendly beauty products or not, try to use up the skincare products that you already have before you buy anything else.

If you’ve decided a product isn’t for you anymore and it’s dispensed by pump, pouring, or droppers, perhaps gift it to a friend rather than disposing of it to reduce waste.

Tip: always check shelf life on the label and avoid sharing products that could be contaminated such as mascara.

4. Recycle jars and containers

Low-waste skincare in glass jars and plastic containers can all be widely recycled. Be sure to clean out the container where possible and remove any pumps.

5. Don’t leave water running

Leaving the water running when washing your face can have a big impact on our overall water usage.

Instead, splash the face with lukewarm water and turn off the tap. Apply a cleanser like No7 Foaming Cleanser, massage into the skin, and then turn the water back on to rinse the face.

6. Choose biodegradable wipes

Makeup wipes can be very convenient when in a hurry, but many makeup wipes are not biodegradable and are made from polyester or cotton. These materials can take many years to break down and contribute to our growing landfills.

Opt for biodegradable, eco-friendly wipes like No7 Cleansing Wipes, for skin that looks and feels thoroughly cleansed, soft, and revitalized.

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