Be good girls. Listen to Batman. This World Environment Day we want to remind you to keep your beauty carbon footprint to a minimum. This extends to the products that you use every day on your skin and hair! Keeping these small things in mind when you buy your haircare, skincare or makeup products can make a dent in the overall effort to better protect our planet. Just like caring for the environment is a 24/7, 365 days-a-year duty so is caring for your skin.

Look for sustainably sourced natural ingredients
 

Look for sustainably sourced natural ingredients

Palm oil, squalene and water are some of the most commonly found ingredients in your skincare and makeup products. Make sure (this will take a small amount of research) that the products you purchase have sustainably sourced renewable ingredients.

Reduce waste
 

Reduce waste

The beauty industry produces a lot of waste and companies are trying to reduce this output. You can do your bit, too, by making small changes like opting for bio-degradable face cleansing wipes and NOT flushing sanitary products in the toilet (yes, this makes a huge impact). Use water-resistant sunscreen when you take a dip in the sea, as this will not wash into the water and impact the ocean.

Choose recyclable packaging and containers
 

Choose recyclable packaging and containers

Mirrors, pumps and magnets in your makeup or skincare products are simply not-recyclable. So try and avoid packaging that includes these. Also, buy organic, natural bristle makeup brushes and hair brushes. These can be cleaned and used for a long time, and are a much better option than their synthetic counterparts.

Say ‘NO’ to animal testing
 

Say ‘NO’ to animal testing

Many countries have banned skincare and makeup products from being tested on animals. But this is a detail to keep in mind when buying your beauty products. India was the first South Asian country to ban testing of cosmetics and its ingredients on animals, and let us hope this practice is made redundant worldwide.

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