Are You Ready to Swap to the Best Natural Skin Care Tools?
Just like our makeup and skincare products come into direct contact with our skin so do the beauty tools we use. If you’ve been paying attention to the products you are applying to your skin – why not look at the tools you use too?
Why Bother with Natural Skin Care Products and Tools?
The reasons to switch to natural skin care practices are quite possibly too many to list. But, if we start with let’s say superficial reasons – because you wouldn’t be reading this and I wouldn’t be writing it if we didn’t care how our skin looks… we can easily see why natural skin care matters!
Benefits You Can Expect From Using Natural Skin Care Tools:
- Less Waste
- Less Irritation
- Fewer Breakouts
- Softer Skin
- Healthy Natural Glow
I experienced all of the above after switching to a natural skin care routine using the best skin care tools and eco friendly skincare products. The texture and tone of my skin is incredibly smooth and the occurrence of irritation or breakouts has dramatically reduced.
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Something else to consider…
Is the environmental impacts of our skin care choices. We wash a lot down the drain and one can imagine chemicals in skin care products that cause cancer, birth defects, and hormone disruption can’t be great for marine life either. You can find a detailed list of the top skin care ingredients to avoid here.
Another well-known example of skin care products affecting the environment is microbeads. These tiny pieces of plastic created for exfoliation replacing natural materials. Microbeads were commonly found in face washes, scrubs, and even toothpaste for nearly two decades before Congress banned them (source).
They too got washed down the drain and were too small to be filtered out properly. So, guess where they end up? In the stomachs of marine life causing significant damage to our ecosystems.
A big problem today is the waste typical skin care tools cause. The skincare industry is constantly churning out difficult and often impossible to recycle products that nonetheless get tossed into a landfill by the thousands every single day.
Disposable skin care tools like makeup wipes, cotton rounds, disposable razors, and synthetic beauty sponges are a big part of this unnecessary waste. Therefore it’s always important to choose skin care tools and products safe for our skin and our environment while creating less waste.
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What to Look for in Natural Skin Care Tools:
Now that you know what not to look for and what should, in fact, be avoided, let’s talk about what you should look for when choosing natural skin care tools?
- Sustainably and ethically sourced
- Cruelty-Free: never tested on animals
- Free of harmful chemicals and preservatives
- Derived from natural ingredients
- Sustainably packaged in compostable or reusable packaging
I know finding natural skin care tools and products can be difficult to find. But, lucky for us there are many natural skin care tools becoming more widely available. Here are ten you can swap into your skin care routine to make a difference not only in your experience but for your health and our environment too!
The Best Natural Skin Care Tools for 2020
1. Jade Roller
I love using a jade roller because it’s such an incredible way to give your skin some love without creating any waste! It is best used after applying serums such as tightening eye cream and glow serum as it actually helps your serums absorb better. And it boasts the advantages of lymphatic drainage to tighten your facial muscles and lift fine lines with these step by step instructions for using a jade roller.
How many times have you used makeup remover wipes or cotton rounds to remove makeup? Hundreds? Thousands? Well, you can make a huge impact when you swap to reusable bamboo cotton rounds. They an ideal cost-effective, zero-waste makeup remover for cleansing your face and applying toner. Rather you opt to buy a pack of these eco-friendly rounds or make DIY reusable cotton rounds, you’ll be doing the planet a favor.
This natural skin care tool is made from the root of the konjac plant. It’s hard when dry but softens to a gentle, pillow-like sponge when wet. Combined with other natural ingredients such as pink Kaolin clay, green tea, and activated charcoal its a no wonder the Konjac sponge has become the best exfoliator for so many skin types!
Do you have normal, dry, mature, oily, or combination skin? Take our Skin Type Quiz now to discover yours!
4. Dry Brush
Dry brushing is so incredible for your skin, and not just your face! It’s a great way to slough off dead skin cells, encourage circulation and blood flow while minimizing cellulite and firming up your skin.
The simple act of dry brushing your skin for a few minutes a day or even a few times a week can truly benefit your whole body. Not to mention, it’s a zero waste skin care tool as well! You may have found there are a lot of dry brushes available. And just like a jade roller, you’ll want to make sure you are buying the real deal. To find the best dry brush read my tips and recommendations here.
Cheap disposable razors are not only bad for our environment they aren’t great for the skin either as most are poorly designed. While a safety razor is plastic-free and a great option, I for one, am too scared to use one.
Instead, I shave with a high-quality reusable razor designed for women. I only have to replace the blade a few times a year and that does help reduce waste. And I double my efforts by making homemade shaving cream that I store in a glass jar. Follow these five steps for the best shave with homemade shaving cream.
Most mainstream eye makeup removers contain harmful ingredients according to the EWG’s Skin Deep. Luckily, it’s very simple to mix up an effective homemade eye makeup remover that contains only a few ingredients, all of which are totally safe.
7. Pumice Stone
A simple pumice stone is one of the best natural skin care tools you can use to shed dead skin cells. If you’ve ever seen a science video of magma flowing from an active volcano and becoming stone when it reaches water – that stone is what pumice stones are made of! How’s that for a renewable resource?
Most, including myself, prefer to use a pumice stone on the feet. It’s best used after soaking your feet, followed by a heavy moisturizer like my recipe for whipped lavender body butter. Find my herbal-infused pedicure steps at the Herbal Academy.
Cruelty-free cosmetics and natural skin care tools are finally becoming the norm, one step at a time. In fact, around 36% of women now say they REFUSE to buy anything from brands that test on animals. While this is great a change we can also look for beauty tools made from natural fibers or with bamboo handles like this set of makeup brushes.
When we use makeup brushes they can collect anything and everything.
From dead skin cells to sebum oil to dust. And each time we use a dirty makeup brush we are applying possibly all those things on our face which can clog our pores and increase breakouts as a result. Use my DIY makeup brush cleaner to clean your makeup brushes regularly.
This is a new natural skin care tool for me. If you’re new to a MakeUp Eraser too – it removes makeup without a liquid cleanser. All you need to do is – just add warm water! It’s very handy to travel with and a great replacement for makeup remover wipes. You can use it to remove foundation, lipstick, eyeliner, and even waterproof mascara.
The Grove Collaborative a B certified corp has a great makeup remover towel just like it too shown above. You can read more about my experience here and grab a free clean beauty kit on me with your first order here.
I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t live a 100% zero waste lifestyle. But, I do my best to find natural skin care tools for example that create waste less. Did I leave something out? I love to hear what use for a sustainable natural skin care routine. Leave it in the comments for me or send me a DM on Instagram to share yours!
Don’t forget to pin these natural skin care tools to swap now for a skin care routine that will impress even your zero waste friends.