Today at lookfantastic we are celebrating World Oceans Day. Not only are they a relaxing and Instagramable part of our environment, but more importantly they are the home to thousands of species, a source of power, food, help control our climate and affect the air we breathe. In a (nut)shell we couldn’t exist without them. Therefore it’s important that we protect and care for them; one of the ways we can do this is through our beauty routines. This means being conscious of the ingredients we use, what kind of packaging they come in, and picking the right ethically and eco-friendly brands that are doing their part in helping clean up the existing pollution. We have summed up the 4 ways that you can make your beauty routine more eco-friendly so that we can all keep enjoying the beautiful bodies of water that are our oceans and making our environment a healthier one for everyone to live in!
1. Read the ingredients
As we all probably first learned from Finding Nemo, all drains lead to the ocean. Therefore everything that goes down our drains, also makes it’s way into the ocean too, including all rinse off beauty products we use in the sink, shower or bath. Some toxic ingredients can harm marine life and affect the balance of our eco-system, including the below:
- UV Filters: found to be extremely harmful to marine life including plankton, coral, fish and crustaceans (crabs, prawns, lobster) and also linked to hormonal disruptions in humans when absorbed through the skin or from eating fish and seafood that have ingested the chemicals.
- Parabens: linked to disruption in the endocrine production (responsible our circulatory system, hormone levels, metabolism and growth) in both humans and sea life.
- Triclosan: commonly found in our hand soap and sanitisers, this toxic chemical restricts the growth and organ function of sea life and makes it’s way into our water and food.
- Siloxanes: Related to the infamous Silicone, though the effects on humans are still debated, this is toxic to most marine life.