Published: March 1, 2023
Our society is more aware than ever of the environmental impact of a wasteful lifestyle. Certain industries–like fashion, cosmetics, and skincare–can be exceptionally impactful on the planet (and not in a good way).
Skincare products (from lotions to anti-aging serums) can generate waste in many ways. The packaging itself is often made with disposable plastic that sometimes isn’t even recyclable. Sometimes the ingredients themselves are unsustainable, sending microplastics into the waterways and causing deforestation in biodiverse parts of the world. The manufacturing process of creating skincare products can also be wasteful and unsustainable, generating waste and causing greenhouse gas emissions.
The good news is, there are many skincare brands that are starting to take steps to ensure sustainability in their business practices and production. Sustainability in skin care can take many forms. Often brands that strive for sustainability will use less plastic, glass packaging, and non-toxic ingredients, and maintain a minimal carbon footprint in their production facilities.
At the end of the day, sustainability in skin care benefits pretty much everyone: the consumer and the planet. Keep reading to learn more about sustainability in skin care and how you can ensure that your skincare routine is sustainable.
"Choosing ingredients and products formulated with sustainable practices will naturally make us feel good about contributing to a healthy global environment, but our internal environment, our cells and skin structure, also benefit from the more potent action and energy of these ingredients. Win-win!"
Elisabeth Nehme, Board Certified Esthetician
and [ comfort zone ] Master Educator
Sustainability in skincare can mean a number of things. Usually, it means using products that come in recyclable packaging with ingredients that are minimally harmful to the environment. Sustainable skincare brands strive to create products while causing minimal harm to the environment in the process. A skincare routine that features all-natural products and refillable containers can make all the difference in the amount of waste you’re generating and the impact it has on the environment.
Sustainability is a complicated subject. To wrap your head around the damage that is done by certain industries and individuals is not an easy feat. Making conscious choices as often as possible is the least a person can do to help sustain the health and life of the planet.
Skincare is one of the least sustainable industries, accounting for a lot of water usage and waste. Luckily there are sustainable skincare brands out there but you must be a smart consumer to separate out the real ones from those that are green washed. At Comfort Zone, we’re happy to offer high-quality skincare products that have a minimal impact on the planet.