5 Bad Beauty Habits to Break Immediately

by Debby Kwong
LIFESTYLE  |  April 21, 2019
  • Show your love for the environment by reducing your beauty carbon footprint
    1 / 6 Show your love for the environment by reducing your beauty carbon footprint

    You’ve got a metal straw, a reusable coffee cup and you try to minimise the use of plastic bags when you go grocery shopping. So why not apply that go-green movement with your beauty regime? Whether it’s reducing your water consumption or making smarter choices when it comes to buying beauty products, these are five of the bad grooming habits that everyone should quit ASAP.

    (Also read: 4 Eco-Friendly Activewear Brands to Support)

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  • Leaving the shower or tap running
    2 / 6 Leaving the shower or tap running

    A running tap wastes six litres per minute. That means if you brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes, you’re wasting over 24 litres of water a day. So if you leave the tap or shower running while you wash your face or shave your legs, turn it off! Also, instead of an indulgent bath, take a quick shower. And you should aim to multi-task — soap your body or exfoliate your face while you let your conditioner sink in. The Earth will thank you for it.

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  • Throwing away empty containers
    3 / 6 Throwing away empty containers

    If you’re recycling your containers, good on you. But you could go one step further by choosing glass next time, as it is infinitely recyclable. Reuse packaging like the empty jars of your body balms as pots for your succulents! Also, support beauty brands such as Lush which gives you a free face mask when you bring back five black pots.

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  • Having an arsenal of beauty products
    4 / 6 Having an arsenal of beauty products

    Instead of a 10-step Korean skincare routine, think about consolidating and simplifying your beauty products. You don’t have to compromise on how good your skin looks, instead try using products that do double duty, such as an exfoliating cleanser. Many of us are guilty of buying new products before we even finish what we have at home, so imagine if you actually use everything in your beauty cupboard. It’s definitely better for the environment and kinder on your wallet.

    (Also read: These Waterless Beauty Products Are Good For Your Skin And The Environment)

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  • Buying single-use beauty products
    5 / 6 Buying single-use beauty products

    Consider buying makeup with refillable palettes or cushions. Even everyday items such as makeup wipes are the perfect example of modern convenience that have long-term consequences. It takes years for makeup wipes (and not many are not biodegradable) to breakdown in the landfill. Instead, use a reusable and washable one like the Makeup Eraser.

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  • Buying skincare that use synthetic or toxic chemicals
    6 / 6 Buying skincare that use synthetic or toxic chemicals

    Ingredients have a massive impact on the environment. Facial scrubs and beauty products contain plastic microbeads that pollute the sea. You get the same exfoliating effect with a muslin cloth, or products with natural ingredients such as salt or sugar. Aside from the fact that vegan products will most likely be better for your skin with less harmful chemicals and preservatives, it is more likely that there is sustainable sourcing of ingredients. The packaging may also be made from recyclable materials, too. So start educating yourself on natural, raw and vegan brands which create non-toxic products made from renewable sources and ethical practices.

    (Also read: Natural Beauty, Organic Beauty, Clean Beauty… What’s The Difference?)

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