Green Glam: 9 Tips for Building a Sustainable Beauty Routine

Expert tips for building a beauty routine with an eco-friendly touch.

Written by Kate Holmsy. Updated on Natural Face And Neck Masks


Want to look good and feel good for the planet? Then, it’s time to take charge of your beauty routine with some eco-friendly magic. Sustainable beauty practices are not just a trend, they’re a responsibility we all share. Achieving a gorgeous look while being kind to the planet is no longer a compromise, it’s a choice we can all make.

So, get ready to rewrite the rules.

This article explores top tips for building a sustainable beauty routine. It allows you to achieve a radiant glow without sacrificing your commitment to a healthy planet. 

Sustainability – what is it all about?

In the context of your beauty routine, sustainability refers to making choices that minimize your environmental impact. This includes considering the following factors:

  • Ingredients: Opting for beauty products made with natural and organic ingredients that are biodegradable and less harmful to the environment.
  • Packaging: Choose beauty products with minimal packaging or packaging made from recycled or recyclable materials.
  • Production practices: Supporting brands that prioritize sustainable practices throughout their production chain, such as reducing water and energy use.   


Beauty routines are a must-have for many, but the environmental impact can sometimes leave a not-so-pretty stain. Did you know that the beauty industry is a major contributor to plastic waste and water pollution? The good news is that achieving a flawless look doesn’t have to cost the Earth.

Top tips to transform your beauty routine into a haven for both your skin and the planet:

  • Use up what you have: Before you hit “add to cart” on that tempting new serum, take a good look at your existing beauty stash. Tapping into what you already own is a fantastic way to reduce waste and save money. Finish those half-used moisturizers and experiment with mixing products to create custom solutions. Remember, Green Glam isn’t about having the most. It is about using what you have wisely.   
  • Embrace reusables: Swap disposables for reusables whenever possible. Cotton pads, makeup wipes, and razors all contribute significantly to landfill waste. Invest in reusable alternatives like washable bamboo facial rounds, microfiber makeup remover cloths, and safety razors with replaceable blades. The initial investment might be slightly higher, but these reusables will last for months, saving you money and reducing your environmental footprint.
  • Less is more: ‘Less is more’ is a principle we advocate for in Green Glam. It means using fewer products in your beauty routine. Multitasking products are your new best friend! Look for BB creams that offer sun protection and light coverage, or tinted moisturizers that combine hydration and a touch of color. Not only will you minimize the number of products you need to buy (and the packaging that comes with them), but you’ll also save precious time in your morning routine.
  • Buy Mindfully: Resist the urge to splurge on every new beauty trend. Instead, cultivate a mindful approach to shopping. Make a list of what you truly need and stick to it. Research brands committed to sustainability and eco-friendly practices, and look for companies that source ingredients ethically and prioritize energy-efficient practices. Consider factors like cruelty-free certifications and refill programs to minimize your environmental impact further. By supporting sustainable brands, you send a powerful message that eco-conscious choices matter in the beauty industry.
  • Packaging Matters: Packaging plays a crucial role in mindful buying. When shopping for new products, pay close attention to what they’re wrapped in. Look for products with minimal, recyclable, or refillable packaging. Glass containers are a great option, as they can be reused or recycled easily. Avoid excessive plastic packaging and opt for brands that prioritize eco-friendly materials. Remember, you’re not just choosing a product. You are choosing a commitment to a greener future.


  • DIY Magic: Get creative and explore the world of DIY beauty. With a few simple ingredients from your kitchen, you can whip up natural face masks, scrubs, and hair treatments. Not only is it a fun activity, but it also allows you to control exactly what goes on your skin and reduces packaging waste.
  • Water Wise: Every drop counts, especially when it comes to your Green Glam routine. Be mindful of your water usage during your beauty regimen. Take shorter showers, aiming for a luxurious rinse rather than a lengthy downpour. Turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth and shaving. These small changes can significantly reduce your water consumption without sacrificing a clean and refreshed feeling.
  • Cruelty-Free: Green Glam goes beyond just environmental sustainability; it embraces ethical practices, too. Choose cruelty-free beauty products that haven’t been tested on animals. Many fantastic brands offer high-performance formulas that are kind to both your skin and furry friends. Look for the leaping bunny symbol on the packaging to ensure cruelty-free practices.
  • Ingredient Conscious: The ingredients in your beauty products matter. Opt for natural and organic ingredients whenever possible. Avoid products with harsh chemicals, parabens, and microbeads, which can wreak havoc on your skin and the environment. Research common irritants and allergens to create a personalized list of ingredients to avoid. A healthy glow starts with wholesome ingredients!

2  Conclusion

These nine tips are your cheat sheet to craft a beauty routine that’s as good for the planet as it is for your skin.

Think of it this way: every time you choose a reusable product or a cruelty-free brand, you’re casting a tiny vote for a more beautiful world. And the best part? You don’t have to sacrifice an inch of your fabulousness. Picture the satisfaction of using a shampoo bar that lasts for weeks or the confidence boost that comes from knowing your skincare routine is kind to bunnies.

Small tweaks can make a world of difference, and by adopting these sustainable practices, you’ll not only be reducing your environmental footprint, but you’ll also be enhancing your beauty routine. You’ll be a walking advertisement for the power of green glam, confident in the knowledge that you’re doing good for yourself and the planet.

Shine on, beautiful—it’s time to show the world that looking good and doing good can go hand in hand! 

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Kate worked in "The Fashion Magazine" for four years as a freelance writer and loved to consult and help people with their style. How to create your own style, how to look beautiful, and select trendy colors for your hair - these are just a few of many issues Kate will happily explain in Beezzly Beauty blogs!
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