Embrace Ocean Day

Transform Your Skincare and Makeup Routine for a Healthier Planet

As the waves lap gently against the shore and the salty breeze tousles your hair, Ocean Day serves as a poignant reminder of the beauty and fragility of our marine ecosystems. It’s a day dedicated to celebrating our oceans and committing to protect them. One significant way we can contribute is by ensuring our skincare and makeup routines are ocean-friendly.

WHY IT MATTERS

Many skincare and makeup products contain harmful chemicals and microplastics* that wash down our drains and end up in the ocean, causing irreparable damage to marine life. Ingredients like oxybenzone and octinoxate, often found in sunscreens, are particularly harmful, contributing to coral bleaching and disrupting marine life growth patterns. By making a few conscientious changes, we can all contribute to a healthier ocean.

* Microbeads are banned in the UK now but microplastics are not. In addition to this if you travel microbeads may NOT be banned in countries you are visiting, so please keep an eye out.

STEPS TO OCEAN FRIENDLY SKINCARE AND MAKEUP

1. Look for Reef-Safe Sunscreens*

Reef-safe sunscreens use mineral-based ingredients such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, which are less likely to harm marine ecosystems. These ingredients sit on top of your skin rather than being absorbed, providing effective UV protection without the toxic side effects.

*All the sunscreens we sell here at Greener Beauty are reef safe and as avid ocean lovers they always will be.

2. Choose Biodegradable Products

When shopping for skincare and makeup, opt for products labelled as biodegradable. These items break down more easily in the environment, reducing their impact on oceans and marine life.

3. Avoid Microplastics

Microbeads, commonly found in exfoliating scrubs, are tiny plastic particles that pose a significant threat to marine life. Always check ingredient labels for polyethylene (PE) or polypropylene (PP), common microplastic components, and choose natural alternatives like sugar, salt, or ground nut shells.

Luckily here in the UK Microbeads were banned for use in cosmetics in 2018, however microplastics were not. Apparently the UK government are currently considering a ban on microplastics so hopefully this will come into force soon but as this is being written there is no confirmation or date planned for this.

4. Select Sustainable Packaging

Packaging plays a crucial role in environmental conservation. Look for brands that use recyclable, reusable, or compostable packaging. Glass, aluminium, and post-consumer recycled plastics are excellent choices. Brands that offer refillable options also help cut down on waste.

In addition to this keep an eye on shipping/packing materials used when ordering online. A little bit of plastic tape here and there can quickly add up.*

*We only use fully recyclable and biodegradable shipping & packing materials

5. Support Ethical Brands

Many cosmetic companies are taking strides toward sustainability. By supporting brands committed to ethical practices—such as cruelty-free testing, eco-friendly production methods, and fair trade sourcing—you encourage better industry standards and reduce the collective environmental footprint.

6. DIY Natural Alternatives

Creating your own skincare products can be both fun and eco-friendly. Simple ingredients such as coconut oil, shea butter, aloe vera, and essential oils can be combined to make effective cleansers, moisturisers, and masks. This not only reduces chemical exposure but also cuts down on plastic waste from packaging.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Every small step counts when it comes to protecting our oceans. By making mindful choices with our skincare and makeup products, we contribute to a larger movement towards sustainable living. This Ocean Day, let’s honor the deep blue by embracing products that cherish and preserve its beauty. After all, true beauty isn’t just about what we put on our skin—it’s about how we care for the world around us.

Happy Ocean Day, and here’s to making waves in ocean-friendly beauty!


 

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