Skin Care Swaps
Good for You, Better for the Earth

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Has an endcap at Target ever lured you in with a miracle face cream or deal on bulk cotton balls, only for those items to get lost in the graveyard of forgotten products and tools in your skin care collection? This cycle is wasteful, takes brain power to keep up with inventory and actually becomes more expensive over time.

Often, there are better options, both for you and our environment. Even a couple of the following switches will help keep your garbage bin clear and your wallets full.

Ditch disposable

From cotton swabs to makeup-removing cloths, our daily routine tends to include quite a few disposable items. Give their reusable counterparts a try; you’ll likely find that they’re even more effective.

Bath poufs are great for exfoliating, but traditional styles can harbor bacteria. Trade it out for a silicone scrubber—a gentler and more sanitary option.

Clear the product ‘graveyard’

Invest in a visit to your local trusted esthetician for personally recommended skin care products and services. Most will even let you return or exchange a product that lacks good results. If a full line isn’t in the budget, start building your foundation with one solid product.

Less effective discount products can still be useful! Rather than throwing a less-than-stellar facial product away, try using it on another part of your body. That heavy night cream might make a great hand moisturizer.

Go local for less

distance shipping, so there’s less packaging waste in the overall process of getting to your doorstep.

DIY body products provide two self-care experiences: one while making and another while enjoying! Buy locally in bulk to save money and packaging.

Spotted right in Rochester

1 Goat milk soap,
Simple Soaps For Simple Folks

2 Obagi Clenziderm treatment,
Ageless Aesthetics

3 Revitalizing Essence,
PEP Cosmetics

4 Reusable swabs,

5 Makeup eraser cloths,
Ama La Vita

6 Time Away bath bombs,
Scrub Your Butt Soap Co.

7 Exfoliating dry brush,
Natural Grocers

8 Natural sponge,
People’s Food Coop

Easy DIY Body Scrub

  • 1 cup granulated white sugar
  • ½ to ¾ cup carrier oil suited for your skin type (sweet almond, jojoba, olive)
  • 25 drops lavender or citrus essential oil
  1. Combine first two ingredients to your desired consistency.
  2. Stir in your preferred essential oil to add an aromatherapy element.
  3. Store in a small mason jar and enjoy!

About Author

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Samantha has always loved making things "pretty." Her level of patience necessitates that pretty must also be simple and practical to remain sustainable! Currently a professional organizer by day, Samantha holds a professional background in both cosmetology and personal styling. A true believer of the term "more with less," she hopes to bring a balanced approach to the fashion & beauty department for RWM readers.

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