How to make your beauty routine more sustainable

As the climate change crisis continues, we're looking at our beauty routines to see how we can make a difference. From using sustainable beauty products with eco-friendly packaging and ingredients to eliminating certain things altogether, here's how you can do your bit for the planet. 

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1. Ditch the face wipes

Elemis Cleansing Balm


You’ve heard it before but we’ll say it again: stop using face wipes. Not only are they one of the least effective ways of cleansing, but they also take up to 100 years to break down in landfill. Try using a flannel with a balm or liquid cleanser instead. A little bit of the Elemis Pro Cleansing Balm goes a long way and removes all traces of makeup while nourishing your skin.

Elemis Cleansing Balm, £43


2. Choose eco-friendly packaging 

BYBI Babe Balm


As well as producing vegan products, BYBI uses only 100% recyclable packaging. Babe Balm comes in a biodegradable tube made from sugar cane and it looks great on the 'gram too. Cruelty-free beauty brand Aveda also ensures its packaging is made using as much post-consumer recycled materials as possible, and Dior has removed all cellophane and cardboard wedges from its products.

BYBI Babe Balm, £18


3. Recycle when you can

Clarins Double Serum


According to Recycle Now, “almost 90% of people in the UK claim to regularly recycle from the kitchen, while only 52% say they regularly recycle from the bathroom.” That’s a lot of beauty packaging going to waste. Any glass or plastic packaging can be recycled, just make sure the containers are empty and clean before disposing of them, as any remnants can contaminate other recyclables.

Clarins Double Serum, £58


4. Buy ethically-sourced formulas

La Mer


The famous La Mer miracle broth used in their skincare products contains only sustainably-sourced sea kelp to help preserve ocean resources. The luxury brand also supports ocean habitats through donations. Another reason to splash out on a Moisturizing Cream, if ever we needed one.

La Mer The Moisturizing Cream, £345


5. Make use of brand schemes



Kiehl’s has a loyalty card scheme where you’ll receive a free travel-sized product once you’ve returned 10 empties to one of their stores. Origins will also recycle your cosmetics, accepting empty containers from any beauty brand.

Kiehl's Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution, £38


6. Try multi-tasking products

NARS The Multiple


Fewer products equal less packaging. There are so many multi-purpose products that are as good if not better than their singular counterparts. We love NARS The Multiple which can be used on your lips, eyes and cheeks.

NARS The Multiple, £30