9 Easy Ways To Green Your Beauty Routine
Posted on April 12 2017
There’s no better time than Earth Month to rethink the impact of your beauty routine, both on your own body and the environment.
Why make the switch and go green? Your skin absorbs a lot of what it encounters on a daily basis, and that includes the chemicals found in the products you use—especially makeup and skincare. Using items made with better-for-you ingredients reduces your body’s exposure to potentially harmful toxins and advocates overall healthy living so that you feel your best.
These eco-expert tips will help you look gorgeous, be at your healthiest, and lessen your impact on the world around you:
Read the Packaging Symbols
Finding products that are packaged and bottled in recycled materials is an easy first step to going green. You typically won’t have to look further than the outside of the box, which will note whether recycled materials were used or not.
Demand Double (or Triple) Duty
In other words, simplify. Choosing products that serve multiple purposes costs you less and produces less waste. Our Multi Pots—which are made for your eyes, cheeks, and lips—are the perfect place to start. Our Liquid Radiance and assortment of curated palettes also do the trick.
Brush Up Your Act
Opt for beauty tools crafted from sustainable, eco-friendly, cruelty-free, and fair trade materials. Our Makeup Brushes—which check off all of those boxes—are made from goat and pony hairs that are gathered as they’re shed from the animals’ tails each winter, so no animals are ever harmed. They are also hand-stacked to retain the soft, natural point of each hair so they don’t irritate sensitive skin.
Turn Off the Water
Aside from taking shorter showers and washing your hair less, you can also cut down on your sink time by using our Cosmetic Wipes. They’re drenched with hydrating and nourishing plant extracts that gently and effectively remove makeup, plus they’re biodegradable.
Be a Label Hound
It can be time consuming to read and investigate all of the ingredients in the products you use, but it will ultimately bring you peace of mind. In this case, knowledge really is power. All of our products are made from 100% natural ingredients with no synthetic chemicals or animal by-products—you can find full ingredient lists on our website. We are also certified gluten-free, vegan, and cruelty free.
Make It Good Till the Last Drop
Squeeze every ounce out of your products, and don’t purchase new ones until they’re completely empty. This will extend the life of your beauty products and cut down on what you throw away.
Get Rewarded for Recycling
Did you know that we have a recycling program? Return any five containers of empty Gabriel Cosmetics Inc. products and receive one free product of your choice. Check out all the details here.
Go Green with Nail Polish
No need to sacrifice performance for an eco-friendly polish. Our non-toxic nail colors are vegan, gluten-free, cruelty free, non-toxic and “10-free,” which means they are made without formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, camphor, formaldehyde resin, xylene, parabens, fragrances, phthalates and animal ingredients. And the best part is, our Nail Polish comes in over 50 long-lasting shades.
Start with Products You Use the Most
Don’t know where to begin? If you can’t green your entire beauty routine at once, start with products that you reapply and use regularly—like Mascara and Lipstick—and that cover a large surface of your skin—like Cleanser, Moisturizer, and Foundation. Try to replace one or two items at a time when you run out, and within a few months your makeup bag will be greener than ever before.