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10 ways to green-ify your beauty routine

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Eliminating the clutter of extravagant packaging and finding creative ways to re-use empty containers is just the beginning of how to maximize a routine that centers on praising the fruits of mother Earth.

It is easy to recognize the ways to create eco-friendly habits when it comes to diet and lifestyle but there is often disconnect in continuing the trend with green beauty practices. Small decisions most certainly add to the big impact of preserving the resources available for today and the future. By consciously looking at what is done once your favorite cream is all gone or choosing to purchase brands that uphold the sustainable production practices will contribute to the longevity of our planet’s assets.

With the progressively mindful beauty industry’s efforts to move toward eco-friendly choices in packaging, philosophy and business models it seems there is a positive outlook on what’s to come. In the meantime, try some of the suggestions on how to green-ify your existing beauty routine. Click the list link for fresh ideas.

1. Choose refillable products
1. Choose refillable products Rochelle Delossantos

1. Choose refillable products

An emerging trend from all walks of cosmetics is the introduction of eco-refills and refillable products. From luxury brands like Cle de Peau and Trish McEvoy, exclusively found at designer beauty counters to fairly inexpensive options like Urban Decay and Inglot, the industry is turning its attention toward making sustainable packaging a priority. Not only is it good for the earth, most often it is also more cost effective to choose a refillable option.

2. Find multi-purpose beauty
2. Find multi-purpose beauty Rochelle Delossantos

2. Find multi-purpose beauty

Many brands offer multi-benefit products that can be used for more than one objective. Beauty balms and salves like Figs and Rouge body balms or JR Watkins hand and cuticle salve make amazing lip, hand and cuticle treatments which can also sooth dry areas of the face and body. Concentrated beauty oils like the powerful Josie Maran Argan Oil is a lifesaver when it comes to taming frizzy hair, balancing the skin and boosting hydration wherever needed. There are also incredible double duty makeup products like BECCA beach tints that work beautifully as both cheek and lip colors. Minimizing your routine is a quick way to treat multiple beauty dilemmas.

3. Erase chemicals
3. Erase chemicals Rochelle Delossantos

3. Erase chemicals

Detoxing your diet with the latest juice cleanse and sweating it out at the gym are two ways to energize your body but what about your skin? A skin care routine full of chemicals may be shrinking your wrinkles but those products may also come with damaging side effects. Natural ingredient alternatives like Vitamin C for brightening, Mallow extract for wrinkle smoothing, and grape water for hydration boosting will give the skin a wide range of benefits that do not include harmful chemical absorption.

4. Re-use empty containers
4. Re-use empty containers Rochelle Delossantos

4. Re-use empty containers

Packaging from face moisturizers, scrubs, body creams, candles, and makeup pots can all serve an extended life past the product inside. Empty jars are great storage for organizing lip glosses, eyeliners, makeup brushes, beauty tools and more. Clear containers also make great decorating elements if filled with dried flowers. The idea is to bring new life to empty beauty packaging instead of immediately discarding them.

5. Discover recycle rewards
5. Discover recycle rewards Rochelle Delossantos

5. Discover recycle rewards

Major beauty companies like Lush and MAC offer programs to reward brand loyalty with recycling programs. You can bring back empty containers and trade them in for a complimentary product. Since some containers are made of post-consumer material that may be hard to recycle in a neighborhood recycling center, some cosmetic companies will provide an accessible way to make sure the packaging finds its way to the proper recycling destination. The next time you pick up your beauty favorites, as the sales associate if they provide a recycling program what that entails.

6. Try homemade skin care
6. Try homemade skin care Rochelle Delossantos

6. Try homemade skin care

Household staples like honey, bananas, brown sugar and lemons not only taste delicious but they all have major beauty benefits when applied to the hair, face and body. There are many recipes floating around ranging from expert concoctions to word of mouth face masks, hair treatments and daily moisturizing blends that can be made all from the ease of a kitchen pantry. Since you mix the beauty recipes yourself, you know what goes inside and makes it on to the body. Major plus!

7. Reinvent your makeup
7. Reinvent your makeup Rochelle Delossantos

7. Reinvent your makeup

Don’t know what to do with crushed eye shadows, half used lipstick or a nearly gone lip balm? Try mixing different textures and colors together to create new makeup hues. A small amount of lip balm and a touch of lipstick can easily be blended to create a subtle cheek color for a totally on trend dewy spring makeup look. Crushed eye shadows can be combined with loose pigments for a custom color palette to satisfy any beauty lover’s desire for new makeup shades.

8. Make you own palette
8. Make you own palette Rochelle Delossantos

8. Make you own palette

You don’t have to be a professional makeup artist to purchase an empty magnetic makeup palette. Since many makeup companies now sell single eye shadows, blushes, bronzers and even foundation powder refills, create your own personalized makeup assortment in a Z Palette. Available in basic black, wild prints and a convenient assortment of sizes, you can easily save money and resources by limiting excess packaging; your wallet and the earth will thank you.

9. Pay attention to labels
9. Pay attention to labels Rochelle Delossantos

9. Pay attention to labels

The range of certified organic beauty companies is constantly expanding which means many companies are getting the stamp of approval from several green organizations. Beauty does not have to equate to inhumane testing standards and chemical ingredients. ECOCERT, the Organic Trade Organization and a no animal testing stamp, among other notable seals, will directly tell you so much about the values of the company.

10. Do your research
10. Do your research Photo by Paula Bronstein/Getty Images

10. Do your research

The internet has a rich amount of information including company websites, organic and sustainable organization websites and expert opinions on what to look for in beauty products to ensure you are getting what you want out of every product. In store sales associates are also valuable resources since many are well versed in ingredients and product information. When in doubt, ask questions or dive deep into what you are putting onto your face and body. As a consumer it is important to utilize the many resources that will help in decision making for healthy cosmetics to match a green lifestyle.

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