How sustainable is your skincare routine?

With Earth Day just around the corner, we’re thinking about the health of our planet and how we can all contribute by creating less waste.

We all live busy lives, so it’s not often that we stop to think about the skincare and makeup products we’re using in terms of how they may be affecting the planet. What are they made of? How are they packaged?

We invite you to take a moment and examine your current routine, then consider these five recommendations for how you can revamp your routine to lessen the impact on the environment.

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Why a Sustainable Skincare Routine? Cosmetics Can Damage the Environment

The skincare and makeup products we use every day can indeed harm the environment.

The biggest impact comes from product packaging. We all love those luxurious, fanciful boxes, bottles, jars, and more, but unfortunately, a lot of that is wasteful. According to the British Beauty Council, about 70 percent of the beauty industry’s waste comes from packaging.

Though beauty product packaging can be made of paper, glass, and metal, much of it is made of plastic. Though some of that is recyclable, it can be confusing for consumers because plastic is often created with mixed materials.

Plastic is not biodegradable, which means it doesn’t decompose. Instead, it shatters and breaks down into microscopic sizes, and even that takes hundreds of years to complete. Currently, 8 million tons of plastic enter the ocean each year where it can kill dolphins, porpoises, seals, sea lions, and even whales.

Chemical ingredients are problematic too. Parabens, plasticizers, nanoparticles in sunscreen, polyethylene, triclosan, BHA and BHT, 1,4-dioxane, and more can damage coral reefs, disrupt reproduction in animals, and kill aquatic life—say nothing of their potential impact on human health.

Cosmetic products are also creating water waste. Water is the industry’s most-used ingredient, and although it is safe and natural, it can contribute to the current water-stressed situations we’re seeing in much of the world—and even in the United States.

For these reasons and more, it is worthwhile to consider what you’re using in your beauty regimen and see if you can take steps that will create a safer world.

6 Ways to Create a Sustainable Skincare Routine

1. Recycle or Re-use Your Plastic Containers

First, check to see that the products you’re buying come in recyclable containers. Check the label. Most products come with a label that specifies if they can be recycled and how.

All CV Skinlabs products, for example, come in bottles, tubes, and boxes that are BPA-free and recyclable. With safety in mind, we do not use glass—only one-way evacuation tubes and pumps to avoid risk of contamination. Our customized bottles were created so that they are functional, yet easy to hold and use, especially for those with arthritis, neuropathy, or other movement challenges.

We also reduced our ecological footprint by printing the product brochure on the inside of product packaging when possible (rather than using extra paper).

No matter which product you use, remember to recycle rather than simply throw your products away. (Pumps, sprays, and actuators sometimes need to separated as they are not recyclable.) Recycling is easier today than ever before. Every time you recycle rather than throw away a product, you’re helping to prevent plastic from polluting our waterways and oceans.

You can also reuse some product containers—just make sure that you are aware of any bacterial contamination and always keep containers disinfected.

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2. Use Natural and Safe Products

Though consumers are demanding more natural and safe ingredients in their products, many beauty companies aren’t really listening. They may throw in a natural ingredient or two, but then continue to use parabens, phthalates, and other harsh chemicals that can not only damage the planet but aren’t good for your skin either.

Read labels. (We have a handy list of toxic ingredients to avoid here.) Then choose to buy from conscientious companies that are careful about the ingredients they use. CV Skinlabs products were thoroughly researched, tested, and formulated to protect and deeply hydrate without chemicals.

3. Reduce Your Water Usage

Look for cosmetic products that use less water. Our CV Skinlabs products, for instance, use aloe leaf juice as our number-one ingredient.

Then try to lessen your use of water in general. Turn off the tap when you’re not actively using it, such as while you brush your teeth. Take less time to warm up the shower, use a dishpan for washing and rinsing dishes, sweep driveways rather than hosing them off, check your toilet for leaks, and install water-saving appliances.

4. Cut Back on One-Use Products

Non-biodegradable face wipes, Q-tips, one-time face masks, and other one-use products are big contributors when it comes to waste. Yes, they’re convenient and perfect for traveling, but you can likely use them less often to cut back on waste.

Look for biodegradable and reusable, washable alternatives. A soft washcloth can work in most cases. When you need a cotton ball or Q-tip, look for biodegradable options. For those one-use items you can’t be without, try to find those in reusable packages like glass jars.

5. Check Your Tools

Many of the tools we use in our daily routines are made of plastic and can end up in the landfill or oceans. Look for bamboo-based utensils or eco-sponges that can be washed and reused. This will have a small impact on your routine, but every little bit helps!

6. Limit Your Consumption

Everywhere we turn these days, someone is trying to get us to buy something. Beauty products are fun, so it’s easy to fall for the temptation.

But many of us buy way more than what we need, and much of that ends up going to waste. Think about how often you truly use up all of any one beauty product that you buy.

At CV Skinlabs, our minimalist approach relies on fewer products (four total) for less environmental impact, but with all the effectiveness you need to transform your skin.

Safety, effectiveness, and sustainability are critical elements of our mission as a company. We are committed to the continual improvement of mindful sourcing of ingredients and materials, while using recyclable containers that reduce the impact on the environment.

We even won an eco-excellence award for our efforts for sustainable and socially responsible excellence!

No matter which product line you use, try sticking only to what you need, then replace those items when necessary. You’ll not only be helping the planet but your wallet as well!

Have you changed your skincare routine to be more sustainable?

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You’ve probably heard of the terms “fast fashion” and “sustainable fashion” thrown around, but what do they really mean? In short, fast fashion is the overconsumption of clothing, and sustainable fashion is the conscious consumption of quality pieces. Sustainable fashion has recently become more popular as people are starting to make an effort to be more environmentally responsible. Sustainable fashion is also great because it aims for workers’ rights, which helps minimize exploitation in the workforce. There are some misconceptions about sustainable fashion out there, so here are six things you need to know about it.

1. Sustainable Fashion Is Not A Sacrifice

A lot of people think that sustainable fashion means having to give up on style and wear shapeless pieces made from scratchy materials. This is not the case! There are now many sustainable fashion brands that create beautiful, stylish pieces that can suit any personal taste. The thing is to buy from responsible retailers and get pieces that go well with your lifestyle. For example, looking at white party dresses for every occasion is a good choice if you like going to cocktail parties or more elegant places. The key thing is to get something that not only looks great but that can be dressed up or down with other accents and pieces in your wardrobe. Some people think that sustainable fashion is about sticking to just one or two pieces, but that’s not true either. While it does aim to make the most use out of every item, it’s not about dressing in the same look or outfit all the time. You should buy into pieces that can be mixed and matched with other items to suit your taste and any occasion.

2. Sustainable Fashion Is Not Elitist Or Expensive

Another common misconception about sustainable fashion is that if you go for this type of apparel, you’ll need to spend a fortune on it and only the rich can afford it. However, this is not the case – sometimes it can mean that a certain piece is a bit more expensive, but it also means it’ll last for a lot longer, which saves money in the long run. That means that when the holidays are around the corner, you don’t need to worry about buying a new dress if you don’t want to – the one you already have is still going to be in top shape and ready to make you shine at a holiday party or romantic dinner again. It’s also worth noting that shopping for sustainable fashion does not mean limiting yourself to obscure retailers. There are many online stores and brick-and-mortar shops where you can get high-quality pieces at reasonable prices. And since the trend is gaining momentum, there are a lot of big fashion brands you can reach online that are turning to sustainable clothing as well.

3. Which Materials To Focus On

Now, what is true is that what clothes are made out of is important. The fabrics used when manufacturing products do have an impact on the environment and workers’ conditions. That’s why when you’re in the process of buying a sustainable piece, take a look at its label. This is where you’ll find out what materials were used to make it – for example, leather from cows that are ethically farmed, recycled polyester, organic cotton, and more, all made for sustainable materials. While it’s clear that the production of synthetic fabrics has an effect on the environment, it might not always be clear how it affects people. Fast fashion means that there are many more items being made since the fabrics used are cheap and don’t wear well. This can lead to dangerous and unhealthy working conditions for those making the clothes. So, when looking for sustainable fashion, try to go for natural materials as much as possible.

4. Sustainable Fashion And Unsubscribing

Since a lot of retail clothing companies send out newsletters to let you know about the latest trends, it can sometimes be too tempting to buy things you don’t need and won’t get much use out of. A good way to handle this might be to simply unsubscribe from these newsletters and avoid going into the stores unless you have a specific item(s) you’re looking for. This is a good way to make sure you’re only buying things that you really need, and it’ll be easier to stick to a sustainable fashion budget this way. You can also try downloading apps that help you track how much clothing you already have and what you wear most often. This can be really helpful in figuring out what you might need and don’t need when it comes to your wardrobe.

5. Repair Before Buying

The other thing to think about when buying sustainable fashion is whether you actually need a new piece or if the old one can be repaired. A lot of damaged clothes can be mended, and this is a much more sustainable option than buying something new and often made from synthetic materials. Apart from being budget-friendly, it’s also an opportunity to learn a new skill and maybe take up a new hobby.  Sewing is something that can be learned quickly, and it doesn’t have to take long either – especially if you use online tutorials. If this sounds like an interesting thing to do or learn about, then definitely give it a chance! On the other hand, if that’s not something you’re interested in, going to a professional seamstress is still a more economic and eco-conscious option than buying new clothes if you don’t really need them.

6. Buying Vintage Is A Great Way To Be Sustainable 

One way to ensure that you’re buying sustainable fashion is to look for vintage items. This means that the piece of clothing was made a long time ago and is no longer in production. Since you’re buying something vintage, it’s likely that the materials used to make it are natural and it’s unlikely to be made from synthetic fibers – the ones usually found in fast fashion items. Not only does this mean that there won’t be as much negative environmental impact due to the production of this garment, but it’s also a great way to create a style that’s really unique to you. A lot of celebrities have turned to vintage pieces to create that look.

So, if you’re looking for sustainable fashion options, consider those made from natural materials like cotton and leather as well as those that are either made by brands that are conscious about this as well or pieces that are vintage or in simple, classic styles. You can also check out online tutorials and guides on how to mend clothes before buying them new. And remember that if you’re not interested in learning how to sew, taking your clothes for repairs is still a better choice than just throwing them away or buying new clothes that’ll lead to more waste in the long run.

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