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By Colette Barron

Sustainability in skincare and beauty has been increasingly popular. Recycling materials, eliminating single-use plastic, carefully evaluating non-toxic ingredients, ensuring product safety, and limiting the environmental impact from manufacturing to distribution, are excellent approaches to practice sustainability in skincare.

As more people become aware of the skincare industry’s wastage, beauty companies and manufacturers are beginning to modify their techniques to build a more productive sector. One of the ideals of sustainability is to build products that support eco-friendly ingredients.ingredients. Continue reading to learn how to include sustainability into your skincare routine.

Cleansers and Toners 

Start your day by utilizing a sustainable cleanser tailored for your skin type. Natural face washes are an effective way to envision positive results and avoid harsh fragrances and chemicals. Look out for natural, organic ingredients and products that are vegan, cruelty-free, paraben and fragrance-free, and MADE SAFE Certified. 

Examples of sustainable cleansers include:

  1. Perfect Canvas Clean Jelly Oil Cleanser (made with recycled plastic, vegan, cruelty free) 
  2. Ethique Organic and Natural Face Wash (cruelty free, vegan, non-toxic, palm oil free, ethical sourcing, thoughtful packaging) This cleanser is a zero-waste makeup remover, with 100 percent compostable packaging.

Cleansers are a vital part of one’s skincare routine, as well as toners. Toners help offer antioxidants, vitamin B derivatives, and toning acids to the skin. The appropriate organic toner can reduce pores, restore pH balance, add a layer of protection, moisturize, refresh, and prevent ingrown hairs in addition to toning and exfoliating.

Examples of sustainable toners include:

  1. Eve Hansen Vitamin C Toner (cruelty-free, vegan, and is free of parabens, silicon, sulfates, and phthalates.
  2. Biovaj Purifying Toner (100 percent natural product free of parabens, preservatives, additives, alcohol, artificial coloring, mineral oils, and fragrances


Serums are beneficial because they are nutrient-dense, highly concentrated medicines that address specific ailments. A serum should be used as part of your skincare routine to get the most out of it, such as reducing discoloration, dullness, fine wrinkles, and acne. 

With a serum, the idea is that more active molecules will be able to infiltrate the skin’s surface for maximum efficiency. Additionally, because of the larger concentration, observable outcomes are usually shown in a shorter period of time.

Examples of sustainable serums include:

  1. Dermstore Exclusive Halo AHA + BHA Evening Serum (100 percent natural product) 
  2. Cocokind’s Vitamin C Serum (certified organic ingredients, sustainable packaging, made in the USA, cruelty-free, gives back)


Moisturizer is a great device that should be included in any everyday skin care routine whether you have dry, oily, or mixed skin. Moisturizer can help moisturize and rejuvenate your skin. The oil glands that maintain our skin healthy begin to lose their function as we age, resulting in less oils being produced. When you moisturize every day, your glands don’t have to fight as hard to sustain your skin to be  healthy for the rest of your life.

Examples of sustainable moisturizers include: 

  1. GOOD JUJU (cruelty free, vegan, non-toxic, palm oil free)
  2. ETHIQUE (cruelty free, vegan, non-toxic, ethical sourcing)
Colette Barron

Manhattan '23

Hi! I’m Colette and I’m from Long Island NY. I’m a Junior and I’m a communication major with a concentration in public relations with a minor in psychology. I’m interested in fitness, health & wellness, beauty as well as fashion and thrifting! I’m excited to be part of HerCampus at MC! :)
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