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We are in an environmental crisis. Never before has our planet needed help as much as it needs it now. Climate change, plastic pollution, deforestation, loss of biodiversity, ocean acidification, and ozone layer depletion are just some of the devastating problems it is trying to deal with. Most of which has been caused by humans. Which is why it falls to us to do something about it. Before it’s too late.

Since 1970, Earth Day has been recognised every year on April the 22nd, and this year’s theme is ‘Invest In Our Planet’. It is up to every individual to take responsibility, to attempt to reverse some of the damage that has already been done. And whilst the small individual changes we make may seem insignificant in the grand scheme of things, we mustn’t lose sight of the fact that lots of small changes add up to make big ones. The changes that matter; the changes that make a difference.

One area of our lives we can easily make changes to is our beauty regimes and by thinking about the ways in which we can make them more sustainable and more environmentally friendly. By making some long term beauty investments, not only can we invest in our beauty, but we can also invest in our planet too.

Here are some ideas for you:

Buy Products That Last

When I think back to the beauty gadgets from when I was younger, I remember them lasting for absolutely ages. I had a pair of gas cartridge hair straighteners that served me well throughout my entire teenage years. And whilst the technology has improved massively (oh what my teenage self would have done to own a pair of GHDs if they’d have existed back then!) it seems as though these days products like this just aren’t made to last any more.

However, this is something that companies are starting to take more seriously. And in the case of the luxury beauty tech brand FOREO they are purposefully creating innovative beauty products that function flawlessly for longer in a bid to protect the planet as well as the purse strings of their buyers. Take for example their popular product the UFO 2. This skincare device allows users to experience salon standard skincare from the comfort of their own home. The handheld device works with the FOREO app to guide you through set facials using LED light therapy combined with activated face masks to give your skin an extra special glow up. Switching between thermotherapy (warm) to soften the skin and then onto cryotherapy (cold) to lift and firm, the UFO 2 is a great example of a multi-functional foundational skincare device that delivers results and lasts the distance. Making that one-time investment for your skin, means it not only saves you money in the long run (I like to think of the price going down with every use of a device like this) but a long lasting product means far less waste and far less strain on the environment.

Stop Using Aerosols

With so many alternative products available these days there is absolutely no need for us to use aerosol beauty products any more. Aerosols such as deodorant and hairspray, used to contain dangerous chemicals called chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) which scientists discovered were damaging the ozone layer. However, even though these chemicals have now been removed, aerosols remain on our hit list, as they still contain compressed gas or hydrocarbons to enable the products to function, and this is by no means environmentally friendly.

So, what are the alternatives? Well the good news is we have options. Roll on and stick deodorants are just as effective as spray versions, but are infinitely better for our planet. One example is Wild, who sell natural refillable stick deodorants. Their packaging is made from anodised aluminium and recycled plastic and the deodorant itself is completely plastic free. On top of that they also sell refills, which can be delivered straight to your door on a subscription basis, so you’ll never run out of deodorant again!

If you really can’t bear the thought of giving up your volumizing mousse and hairspray just yet, look out for products that use pump-fuelled containers instead of gas, as these are better for the environment, but still give you the results you’re after.

Ditch Disposables

We have become a disposable society. We want things that are easy to use, cheap, convenient, and quick, and unfortunately what that often means is the over consumption of disposable products. From face wipes to cotton wool, through to razors and period products, we use products such as these on a daily basis, but all to the detriment of our planet, which is literally suffocating under the weight of our waste.

It’s time to ditch the disposables and switch them out with these eco-friendly alternatives:

  • Fabric Facial Pads – We use and throw away approximately 11 billion wipes every year. These wipes either block up our sewers or end up in our oceans and it is causing some serious damage. Replace disposable face wipes with fabric rounds that can be washed and reused.
  • Period Products – In Europe and the USA over 80% of menstrual products end up in landfill and the plastic components contained within them can take up to 500 years to break down. Reusable period products are the solution to this problem. Whether you choose a Moon Cup or a pair of washable period pants there are thankfully lots of different options for us women to choose from nowadays.
  • Hair Removal – Stop buying disposable razors and switch to other hair removal methods instead. From waxing, depilation, threading, electrolysis, and laser hair removal there are better, more sustainable options to choose from when it comes to removing your body hair.

Buy In Bulk

While it may upon first glance seem counterintuitive to buy more than you need, there is method in our madness. You see once you have discovered a product that you absolutely love and cannot begin to imagine life without, you know for sure that you will continue to buy that product time and time again. And if this is the case, then it makes perfect sense to buy in larger volumes. The point of this is not to buy lots of your usual sized bottles, but to do your research and find out what the largest sized bottle is available that you can buy, because one large bottle contains less plastic than several small bottles.

Recycle/Reuse

In a bid to meet the demands of their eco-conscious customers, many brands are now offering refills of their products, either by offering less expensive refill packs that can be emptied into the original container, or by offering refill stations in store whereby you bring your own container to fill with your favourite products. This is great news for both brand, customer, and planet alike. Far less packaging is needed, which is great for the environment – anything we can do to protect precious resources is always a good thing. Plus, manufacturing costs also significantly decrease, which saves money for the brand and this is then passed down to the customer too. Shampoo brand OUAI sell refill pouches in this way, which use far less plastic than bottles.

Another option is to only buy products that use recyclable packaging or offer either recycling or repurposing programs. Brands such as Garnier and Love Beauty And Plant use a program called TerraCycle, which allows consumers to mail their empty beauty products, typically ones that cannot be recycled in the usual way, for them to be repurposed. Customers are then rewarded with vouchers or discounts on other products to encourage the initiative.

Invest In Our Planet

If we all start taking responsibility for our actions and choices, these seemingly small changes to our beauty regimes will begin to play a part in the bigger changes. From investing in longer life beauty tech like the UFO 2, through to making sustainable swaps and ditching the disposables, we can all make a difference in the future of our planet.

*Article written in collaboration with FOREO Sweden. All views and words are my own.

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If you’re noticing more dryness, dullness, and wrinkles, it could be that you’re suffering from compromised skin.

Fortunately, you don’t have to settle for looking older. We have tips that can help!

What is compromised skinWhat is Compromised Skin?

When we talk about compromised skin, we’re talking about the outer layer.

Your skin is made up of three main layers:

  1. The Epidermis: This is the outermost layer of skin. It’s thin, but it has a big job to do. It must protect you from the environment, keeping bacteria and other pathogens out while keeping moisture in.
  2. The Dermis: This is the middle layer. It contains the blood and lymph vessels, hair follicles, and sweat glands, as well as the collagen fibers that give your skin strength.
  3. The Subcutaneous Fat Layer: This is the deepest layer of skin, and is where most of the fat is stored. This helps conserve body heat and protects the body from injury. It also plumps the skin and keeps it looking full and voluminous.

Compromised skin has an outer layer that has been damaged somehow. It’s no longer the smooth layer it once was. Dryness, wear and tear, cracks, and more have developed, meaning that the skin can no longer hold onto water as well. This can cause itching, flaking, and redness.

Compromised skin can’t protect itself as well. That means you’ll be more at risk for sun damage, allergens, infections, and even the harmful effects of harsh chemicals in skin care products.

How Does Compromised Skin Make You Look Older?

When we see youthful skin—the skin on a child’s face, for instance—we are looking at fresh, undamaged skin. It is smooth and plump with an even texture and color. It hasn’t been damaged yet, so it appears flawless.

As we age and our skin becomes damaged, we can see the effects.

1. Compromised Skin is Dry

Because the outer barrier is damaged, skin loses moisture more easily. That leads to dry, dull-looking skin, which we know makes us look older.

2. Compromised Skin Shows Wrinkles

As you know, the dryer your skin is, the more visible your wrinkles become. So if your skin is compromised, it’s going to be dry, which is going to highlight your wrinkles and fine lines.

3. Compromised Skin is Dull

Because compromised skin is dry, it’s also going to look dull. Vibrant skin is fresh, moisturized skin. It has a natural glow from within. Compromised skin can’t hold onto hydration, and is also suffering from environmental assaults. It’s going to fade into the background, making you look older.

4. Compromised Skin is Thin

Think about young, healthy skin. It appears robust and voluminous, right? Dry, compromised skin, on the other hand, loses that volume. As it loses hydration, damage occurs to the collagen and elastin, and even potentially to the deeper layers of skin, where the fat lies. The result is dryer, thinner, and older-looking skin.

5. Compromised Skin is Often Red

As the outer layer is damaged, the immune system rushes in to repair that damage. That creates red, irritated, and sometimes swollen skin. You may notice redness on your cheeks, around your nose and eyes, or on other areas of your skin.

6. Compromised Skin is Sun Damaged

The less able the skin is to protect itself from environmental assaults—like UV rays—the more likely it is to become damaged from the sun and pollution. You may notice more dark spots or splotches, or more reddened areas that make skin look more aged than it is.

7. Compromised Skin May Reveal Broken Veins

Sun exposure, alcohol, allergies, rosacea, and other factors can all make the veins on your face more visible. In some cases, those around the nose and eyes can look particularly red and visible. The more damaged your skin is, the more likely you are to see these effects.

Compromised Skin Restorative Skin BalmHow to Repair Compromised Skin

The best approach to keeping skin looking as young as possible is prevention. Do all you can to avoid compromised skin:

  • Protect your skin from the sun and environmental assaults
  • Have a daily skincare routine that nourishes the skin
  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Use non-toxic, nurturing skincare products

Most of us, however, no matter how careful we are, will experience some skin damage as we age.

Here’s what you can do to remedy the situation.

1. Avoid Harsh Cleansers

If your skin is compromised, that means it needs to heal. You can think of it as being injured, and you wouldn’t use a harsh, sulfate-filled cleanser on injured skin. Choose gentle, creamy cleansers that are fragrance-free and pH-balanced.

2. Use a Repairing Toner

Yes, you still need a toner, but not the usual alcohol-filled kind. You want something that’s going to stimulate repair and hydration. We recommend our Rescue + Relief Spray. It doubles nicely as a toner as it’s moisturizing, but it also helps reduce inflammation and irritation.

Whatever toner you use, look for one that has some moisturizing ingredients in it. You want your skin to feel soft and comfortable—not tight—after cleansing and toning.

3. Moisturize Wisely

When your skin is compromised, it needs moisture, but it also needs healing. Choose a moisturizer with ceramides, natural oils, butters, and natural anti-inflammatories that will spend all day helping to repair your skin.

We recommend our Calming Moisture and Body Repair Lotion. Both include turmeric, which is a powerful anti-inflammatory, along with natural antioxidants that will help protect your skin from the elements while it is healing.

Of course, these products have deeply penetrating moisturizers that will help hydrate your skin and get it looking younger immediately.

4. Avoid Harsh Exfoliators for A While

Exfoliating your skin is usually a very good thing to do. It sloughs off dead skin cells and reveals younger-looking, fresher cells underneath.

But when skin is injured, you need to treat it gently for a few weeks. Give your skin a break from harsh acids, scrubs, retinoids, and other products. These normally help delay the appearance of aging, but when your skin is compromised, they can make it more red and irritated.

5. Keep it Simple

This isn’t the time to be trying new beauty products or makeup. Stick with nourishing, natural cleansers, toners, moisturizers, and sunscreens for a few weeks until your skin starts to look and act a little bit better.

6. Be Patient

It takes time to create compromised skin. It will take time to heal it. Give your skin several weeks for the repair to begin. Then continue with your gentle routine until you start to notice improvements.

At that point, you can add in some nightly anti-aging treatments, but make sure they are gentle. You don’t want to go backward. As your skin recovers, you can gradually add some exfoliation too, but again, avoid harsh scrubs and choose gentle options.

Have you repaired your compromised skin?

Featured photo by SHVETS production from Pexels.

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