A Green Makeover for Your Skin Care Regimen

Change your skin care regimen to be more environmentally friendly.


| May 2013


Learn how to generate less trash and live a healthier and more sustainable life in The Zero-Waste Lifestyle (Ten Speed Press, 2012). Author Amy Korst offers hundreds of ideas for throwing away less in all aspects of your life. In this excerpt taken from chapter seven, “The Zero-Waste Bathroom,” find out how your skin care regimen can be more eco-friendly.

You can purchase this book from the Mother Earth Living store: The Zero-Waste Lifestyle.

Skin care is another huge arm of the cosmetics industry. Americans spent $33.3 billion on cosmetics in 2010, and a good chunk of this was in lotions and potions designed to give us smoother, younger-looking skin. Among the skin care products available to us: antiaging serums, wrinkle removers, UV protection creams, cleansers, moisturizers, scrubs, and toners. Whether these products really work to make our skin appear younger and healthier is debatable, but they sell like wildfire because they make us feel younger and healthier. What to do if you want to pamper your skin and the planet, too?

Avoid facial cloths: As much as possible, avoid any single-use cloths designed to scrub your face or remove makeup. They are treated with chemicals, which means that after you use them, they are garbage. Instead, try to find a similar product in a glass jar or a recyclable bottle. Use your own washable cloth to apply the product to your face.

HomesteaderSupply
4/14/2016 9:35:35 AM

Those little exfoliating microbeads have been wreaking havoc in our waterways and harming marine life. The problem became so bad that the U.S. passed the Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015, which requires manufacturers to remove microbeads from their products by 2017.


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4/14/2016 9:35:12 AM

Those little exfoliating microbeads have been wreaking havoc in our waterways and harming marine life. The problem became so bad that the U.S. passed the Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015, which requires manufacturers to remove microbeads from their products by 2017.






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