It’s no secret that the beauty industry takes a toll on the environment, whether it’s non-recyclable packaging, unethical sources or water waste. Here at Vanity Van, we’ve decided to look at our entire product range this year to determine how we can adapt it to make it sustainable for the environment. Now we’re encouraging you to do the same! In the quest for sustainable beauty, we’ve compiled a list of products that will reduce your carbon footprint, without having to compromise on the luxuries.
With a whole range of gel, foam and cream cleansers on the market, it’s difficult to pick the one that’s right for you. Welcome to our new summer skincare obsession: powdered cleansers. While definitely not new, powdered cleansers have recently been on our beauty radar, not only for their cleansing and exfoliation properties, but also for their sustainability. Simply place the product in the palm of your hands, add water and then mix until you’ve achieved your ideal texture and lather. Powdered cleansers don’t contain any water, so all active ingredients remain undiluted, and because they’re dry, which means they last longer. The majority are made from sustainably harvested essential oils, and are packaged in a recycled and recyclable refill package, meaning that your skin remains clean and nourished without impacting the environment. We couldn’t ask any more of a cleanser!
Shampoo bars are a revolutionary product that will take you one step closer to establishing a sustainable beauty hair care routine. These bars are more concentrated than traditional shampoos so you can use less product per hair wash, saving you money and extra trips to the shop when your (sustainable) dry shampoo is no longer cutting it. If you need more convincing, there is no need for plastic packaging as most shampoo bars come wrapped in recycled paper or in paper boxes, occasionally needing no packaging at all. While many traditional shampoos are jam packed with with preservatives and chemicals that can strip hair of its natural oils, shampoo bars contain essential oils and natural ingredients so you can say goodbye to injecting harmful chemicals into your hair and the environment.
One major area of the beauty industry has been overlooked is water waste. Water-free skincare products are the eco-friendly step that your sustainable beauty regime is missing, one of our favourites being the game-changing dry sheet mask. A sheet mask is typically a thin sheet drenched with serum, but with a dry sheet mask, active ingredients are infused into the fabric, meaning there’s no need for water in the formulation. Without water, fewer preservatives are needed. While the concept may seem strange, these dry sheet masks will instantly amp up your skincare game, providing hydration for your skin without any water waste.
How are you planning on making your beauty routine more sustainable?