How To Upgrade To A Zero Waste Skincare Routine

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Have you started your plastic-free journey all the way to hygiene and beauty?

They swaddled a lot of cheap drugstore skincare products in plastic packaging, and the affordable price tags tempt you to buy more than you need. Want to do better? Instead of adding to the plastic crisis, look for glass or aluminum steel packaging (with a 100% recycle rate). It may seem overwhelming or pointless at first, but even minor changes in your everyday life count.

Today, at, we’ll help you introduce zero-waste alternatives to your current skincare routine – and a more sustainable and eco-friendly lifestyle. There are numerous budget-friendly, plastic-free, organic beauty alternatives you can do yourself!

Tips for Zero Waste Skin Routine

zero waste skin routine

Most skincare products come in plastic packaging, and this is definitely not sustainable for the planet.

To reduce the waste generated from your beauty routine, try changing some of your habits:

Read Also: Wellness Ideas For Your Whole Body

Switch to Oil Cleansing

oil cleansing

Are you wondering what’s the best oil for gua sha?

How To Do Waste-Free Make-Up Removal

waste free makeup removal

According to zero-waste blogger Antonia, oils are a great zero-waste alternative for make-up removal. Most make-up products are oil-based and that’s why they easily disintegrate in other oils.

Coconut oil is commonly used for removing make-up. But any other oil will also do the job. Apply it with a reusable cotton pad or washcloth to gently clean your face.

This is how to perform zero-waste oil cleansing:

  1. Massage your face and neck with 3-4 drops of the preferred oil.
  2. Clean the dissolved make-up with a wet washcloth.
  3. Do a second round of oil massage for less than a minute.
  4. Get rid of excess oil by gently tapping your face with the other side of the washcloth. It’s okay to leave a small amount of oil on your skin.

Zero Waste Options for Exfoliation

zero waste exfoliation

Do you know that some mainstream face exfoliators contain microplastics?

Once you use such an exfoliator, microplastics will end up in the ocean through the wastewater sewage system and that’s heartbreaking.

Don’t worry, there are numerous eco-friendly alternatives for removing dead skin!

Take a look at our handy suggestions below:

Method 1: Clay Mask

The top choice for clean and healthy skin is clay powder. It does miracles for combined and oily skin types. Clay also unblocks pores and gets rid of blackheads.

There are several kinds of organic clay powders but one of the best options out there is the French green clay because it contains the following minerals: Calcium, Copper, Magnesium, Phosphorous, Silica, Zinc.

So, if you have oily skin, opt for French green clay or bentonite clay. If your skin is more sensitive, select white or pink clay. Ensure that your hair is out of the way when applying the clay mask cause it might get a bit messy.


Method 2: Ground Oats

Ground oats are a gentler solution suitable for extremely sensitive skin. These are highly beneficial due to their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

For the recipe below, you’ll need oat flour. You can either buy it from a local organic shop or make it yourself by using a coffee grinder and regular oats.


Trash-Free Skin Toner

The main function of a toner is to restore the natural pH balance and moisture of the skin. But when you switch to a zero-waste lifestyle and skincare routine, your pH will no longer be imbalanced. That means you won’t be needing a toner whatsoever.

Nevertheless, if you are a fan of toners and their moisturizing effect, you can try rose water. According to decades-old essential oils manufacturer Galen-N, natural-quality rose water is extracted from the distilled rose petals of Rosa Damascena along with rose oil via highly-specialized yet delicate technology.

Rosewater is extremely beneficial for your skin due to its anti-inflammatory and hydrating properties.

Another commonly used zero-waste toner is apple cider vinegar. It is suitable for oily skin that lacks moisture and is more alkaline. But have in mind that vinegar is acidic and should be diluted in water prior to applying it to the face. Mix one part apple cider vinegar with 3 parts water, wet a reusable cotton pad and gently cleanse the skin.

Zero Waste Moisturizer

zero waste moisturizer

Usually, moisturizers contain two main ingredients – oil and water. Both of these are essential for the skin to be soft and fresh. Water hydrates the skin and the oils seal the moisture for longer.

Instead of buying a mainstream moisturizer in a plastic bottle, invest in two separate products – an oil-based and a water-based that are sold in plastic-free packaging.

Important note: Always begin your beauty routine with the water-based product. After several minutes continue with the oil-based product to prevent the moisture from evaporating. If you apply them the other way around, your skin won’t receive the full hydration effect from the water-rich product.

What’s a Good Water-based Product?

Fresh aloe vera leaves can do miracles for your skin thanks to the large number of vitamins and antioxidants they contain. If you’re a plant lover, you can even grow it on your own at home.

aloe vera water based moisturizer

Rosewater also comes in hand for skin moisturizing.

The oil-rich product can be the same oil you’ve chosen for zero-waste cleansing. If your skin is dry, opt for organic butter instead of oils. Shea butter is an excellent choice.

Zero Waste Skincare Routine – Final Words

decluttering bathroom cabinet

Do nature and your skin a favor by switching to a zero-waste skincare routine. There are many plastic-free and budget-friendly swaps that are also multifunctional.

Instead of cluttering your bathroom cabinets with various plastic bottles and treating your skin with chemicals, opt for all-natural and organic skincare.

The combo of minimalism and more natural products will instantly make your bathroom feel cozier.

Author: Dmitri Kara

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