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How to Beauty Responsibly

We should all recognize the importance of practicing sustainability, whether that means recycling, saving energy, green building practices, or ecological transportation. But what can often fall on the backburner are the day-to-day practices that can make a difference for respecting ourselves and the earth – namely being more mindful of lifestyle habits and ingredients that are going into our beauty routines…especially this back to school season!

Garnier wants to help you Beauty Responsibly ™ by spreading the word on being mindful of waste production, reusing and recycling product bottles, and incorporating products with naturally-derived ingredients whenever possible. Below, we give you the complete rundown of how to bring on your back to school beauty A-game.!

The Basics of Greener Beauty

Sustainable beauty is about action, especially because there’s a planet and society to consider. That’s why from skin care to hair care, Garnier is here to help change the mindfulness of impact on the environment – and they need your help, the aid of young women (and men!) everywhere, to spread the word!

What you do at the end of a product’s lifecycle matters – namely what you do with the bottles and any waste accumulation. All those bottles of body wash and mascara tubes add up. Fact: according to TerraCycle, only ½ of Americans recycle their old beauty products. That’s it. It’s unreal. When you pick up a product in the store, read the label and find out how to recycle it. (Psst, Garnier partnered with TerraCycle and created a handy guide here if you’re not familiar with how to recycle beauty packaging!) Shampoo and conditioner caps, body wash caps, skincare lotion dispensers and tubes, lipstick cases, eyeliner pencils, eye shadow cases, concealer tubes, foundation packaging – all of that and more should be in your green beauty plan, so step one begins with accountability to be responsible for your waste.


Products to Explore

Do your skin care and hair care routines have recyclable packaging? Do the formulas include naturally derived ingredients? (ie Garnier consider an ingredient to be naturally-derived if it is unchanged from its natural state or has undergone processing, yet still retains greater than 50% of its molecular structure from its original natural source.) If not, here are a few Garnier products to start with to help make the change, overhaul your beauty cabinet, and commit to going green.


Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-1

Micellar water cleanses AND removes makeup (yes, even waterproof!) by capturing and lifting away debris on the skin’s surface with its micellar technology. It’s often used by beauty-obsessives and makeup artists for the sheer cleansing power and because it is gentle on your skin - which means it’s friendly for all skin types, even sensitive skin. The multi-tasking powers of this product mean you can use just one product to remove makeup, cleanse, and soothe without needing to use multiple products on your skin. Feel good about the skincare cleanser you’re using this year!


Soothing Facial Mist with Rose Water

With 99% naturally-derived ingredients, this facial mist is soothing for your skin. Remember, Garnier considers an ingredient naturally-derived if it is unchanged from its natural state or has undergone processing yet still retains greater than 50% of its molecular structure from its original natural source. Rose water works to soothe (perfect for back-to-school season when you’re skin is recovering from the summer heat!), while also hydrating for the ultimate refresh. Spritz the most on during AM, PM, or really just whenever your skin needs a refreshing boost.


Fructis Sleek and Shine Shampoo & Conditioner and Leave in Cream

If you’re looking for a new staple in your shower, this shampoo and conditioner set are a winning combination. Made with Argan Oil from Morocco, this holy-grail pair keeps your hair smooth for long-lasting frizz control and shine when followed by the Sleek & Shine leave-in cream. Keeping hair smooth and frizz at bay – just remember to recycle the caps or reuse the bottles after!


Fructis Style Smooth Blow Dry Anti-Frizz Cream

Want a salon-worthy blowout at home? This paraben-free formula with fairly and sustainably sourced Argan Oil from Morocco – can help you get an easy blowout that is smooth and long-lasting. Just apply to damp hair before a blow dry to help protect against heat damage and achieve shiny results.


Whole Blends Honey Treasures Hair Care System

Looking to tap into the power of no-nasty ingredients? This paraben free formula blend is truly a *treasure* for helping to restore the health and natural beauty of hair with every use. Whole Blends Honey Treasures is crafted as a signature blend of select ingredients combined with sensorial fragrances chosen to care for hair. These select ingredients and unique fragrances are blended into each of the nurturing and gentle formulas. The bottle is also made of recyclable PET plastic with 30% Post-Consumer Recycled waste, so you can give a little extra care to your hair and the world around you.


Nutrisse Nourishing Color Creme

Switch up your color for back-to-school with a gorgeous Nutrisse shade (the medium gold brown #53 is lovely, btw). Nutrisse Nourising Color Creme is infused with avocado, olive and shea oils leaving your hair feeling silky and soft. This color is designed to nourish while tinting your shade, so your hair can look shiny and moisturized all year-round.

Are you feeling motivated to go green yet?! Same! After you move into your dorm or apartment, take stock of your bathroom cabinet and shower to come up with a disposal plan. If you want to flex your DIY skills while also promoting sustainable beauty, craft a cute and creative recycling bin that you and your roommates can use to keep recyclables or store your reusable beauty empties. If a bottle is just too adorable to part with, upcycle pots and tubs into little plant pots for herbs, succulents, or cactuses.

As you head to campus, be part of the solution. Recycling, diverting the bottles from landfills, and helping transition the waste into something beautiful makes the planet look just as radiant as you do. Click here to learn more about how to recycle and Garnier’s recycling efforts with Terracycle.

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