Sustainable Self-Care Summer: Skincare & Shaving

For shaving (if you choose to!)

Hair removal can be a tedious and extremely wasteful task. It is estimated that the average disposable razor cartridge should only be used about 6-9 times before being thrown away, resulting in over 2 billion razors ending up in the landfill each year. The average disposable razor is ~$10 for women, so if you shave at least 3x per week, you can easily spend up to $240 on razors per year. A great alternative to expensive and wasteful razors is investing in a higher quality razor that can be reused for years.

Here's some tips for sustainable shaving:

1. Use a sustainable razor

Partnered with company to recycle blades

Billie razor, lush shaving bar, mason jar for rinsing

2. Use a glass of water to rinse your razor instead of leaving the water running while you shave - this way you can take as long as you want in the shower, you’re not wasting any water!

3. Use a DIY/plastic free scrub for exfoliating your freshly shaven skin

  • The microbeads in many face/body exfoliators are microplastics and are washed into waterways, eventually making it into the ocean

Microbeads actually act similarly to a sponge by absorbing chemicals such as pesticides and flame retardants, which are ingested by marine animals and so the harmful substances can work their way up the food chain

Great ingredients for a natural DIY scrub:

  • Oats

  • Salt

  • Coffee

  • Sugar

4. Try using a solid shaving bar instead of cream from an aerosol or plastic bottle

Exfoliating glove & soap bar

5. Use a low waste body wash and loofah

  • Lush shower gels

  • Explore Etsy shower gel options

  • Find a plastic-free loofah or scrubbing brush

6. Or, opt to try sugaring instead (wax strips produce a lot of waste, while sugaring is made of natural products and doesn’t require strips)

For face care

It can be overwhelming to find a skincare brand that works with your skin’s needs. In my unprofessional opinion, I only aim to inform you about what you can look for to make sure your skincare is safe for the planet!

Look for products that are …

  • All-natural / organic

  • Vegan

  • Cruelty-free

  • Palm oil free

  • Made from ethically-sourced ingredients

  • In compostable, reusable, or zero waste packaging

Some great options:

Bar facial cleansers

Bar facial moisturisers

Body lotion bars

Waste free/DIY face masks

Other things

Zero/low waste deodorant: it can be hard to find a deodorant that works for your particular needs, but here are some that we would recommend!

Sunscreen: it is important to make sure your sunscreen is reef-safe and free of harsh chemicals, especially when you are in natural bodies of water

The bottom line: Consume consciously! Take the extra 30 seconds to read the label or do a quick search for the brand’s sustainability & ethical practices. And, most importantly, encourage your family and friends to try more sustainable skincare options!

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