HAVING been trying to avoid and minimize use of plastics for years already, I am aware that my beauty products are the bane in this cause. As we all know, plastics pollute our planet, from those brought to landfills to those that end up in our seas, and there to stay for eternity.
Plastics do degrade but for a very long time, and often, they just turn in microplastics that seep into the earth, or worse, fill the stomachs of the fish we eat.
During the pandemic, I found myself the opportunity to finally shift to clean and green skincare products to better take care not only of myself, but also of the environment.
I began looking for brands that are mindful of their impacts and constantly trying to reduce them with reusing and recycling packaging; and lastly, brands that are centered on plant-based ingredients and safe yet simple formulations.
On Part 1, I shared four Korean skincare brands that got me started on this journey. On this Part 2, I share brands from the other side of the planet, and one our very own.
5. The Ordinary
This Ordinary is one of the truly revolutionary beauty brands today by democratizing truly clinical formulations and solutions for everyone. It says on its website: “The brand was created to celebrate integrity in its most humble and true form. Its offering is pioneering, not in the familiar technologies it uses, but in its honesty and integrity.”
The brand is under Deciem, or The Abnormal Beauty Company born in Canada. All products across all its are free of parabens, sulphates, mineral oil, methylchloroisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone, animal oils, coal tar dyes, formaldehyde, mercury, oxybenzone. It does not test on animals and does not pay others to do so.
“For this reason, none of our brands are sold in mainland China since such sales require animal testing for registration purposes,” it boldly says! This alone made me admire The Ordinary even more.
I am now using the Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%, one of its most popular products. Niacinamide, a form of Vitamin B3, soothes skin sensitivity perfect for blemish-prone and oily skin, which are my top skin concerns nowadays! The second one is the Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG solution for my dark under eyes and puffiness.
Best of all, most of The Ordinary serums and solutions come in glass bottles with droppers.
6. Youth To The People
Among all the green beauty brands that I am keenly looking into and really wanting to try, this is the one. However, Youth To The People is also the most expensive in the list, and the most difficult to get my hands on.
Founded only in 2015, the brand is backed by three generations of skincare expertise. Its vegan superfood skincare is comprised only of over 10 products but it is “Skincare For All”—for all genders, for all skin types, for all skins tones and for all people. When they say for all people, it utilizes only anti-racist resources, and even encourages its consumers to take action in the fight against racism.
On its website, it follows five ethos, on top of which is creating “consciously-sourced, nutrient-dense premium superfood blends and pair them with clinical, pro-grade vegan™ actives” all for the benefit of the skin’s health.” In terms of sustainability, it uses clean formulas, glass bottles and jars and kraft boxes. More on this here.
All this results to products that looks as good as it actually does, and in the right time, I’ll be able to experience this.
7. Garnier (and L’Oreal brands)
Also on my list is Garnier, which I have been using even before all this. As part of the L’Oreal Group, which announced a global roadmap toward sustainability by 2030 (read all about this here), Garnier further commits to green beauty.
From its press release: Garnier has been at the forefront of powering L’Oréal’s sustainability endeavors. Its products contain more than 90% natural origin ingredients, certified organic product ranges, and vegan formulas. Garnier has also ensured that packaging is made from recycled plastic and is more recyclable, with an end goal to use Zero Virgin Plastic by 2025.
More green initiatives will be launched like Green Parcel, which will use recycled or biodegradable packaging for deliveries, and Green Education to continue providing an opportunity for consumers to make informed and sustainable choices.
8. Human Nature
And we need not go far! Our very own Human Nature makes the cut, although I have been patronizing this eco-friendly, Philippine-proud social-enterprise for years already.
Established as early as 2007 by Meloto sisters Anna and Camille (yes, daughters of Gawad Kalinga founder Tony Meloto), Human Nature is a pioneer for natural and sustainable skincare and bath products in the country. At the heart and center of the brand is the nature it protects and the local communities it supports.
It was the first brand you’ll discover and appreciate when you’re starting to know better.
Apart from its bath products from soap to shampoo and conditioner, I also constantly use its holy grail sunflower oil. I also love its makeup segment because they know the Filipina skin tones well, morena included!
That’s about my journey to a mindful skincare this pandemic. I hope to have inspired you as well to consider the products you use, be more careful about the ingredients, and choose better alternatives. And don’t ever think that doing efforts like reducing your personal impact to the planet is insignificant because it matters. Every small conscious move from everyone becomes a big collective change.
Read Part 1 here.