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How Zero Waste Cleared My Skin

My skin still isn't perfect, but the change that has occurred for me in the past year is amazing. If there's one thing that you take away from this post, it's that simple is better when it comes to skin.

 

1. I started wearing LESS MAKEUP. Not only do I wear makeup less often, but I also wear less when I do. Now my skin can breathe and I'm not constantly clogging my pores. I've reduced the waste I produce from makeup products, and my skin has cleared up drastically.

 Here are most of the products that I still use. With the exception of the mascara (haven't found a good alternative, but use much less often now), I know all of the ingredients that I'm using.

Here are most of the products that I still use. With the exception of the mascara (haven't found a good alternative, but use much less often now), I know all of the ingredients that I'm using.

2. I'm transitioning to ALL-NATURAL PRODUCTS. While I'm still using up what I already own so I don't waste any products, I'm slowly working to have a routine that includes only natural ingredients. When I shop for a new product I try to make sure that it's package free, I can recognize and am comfortable with every ingredient, and a big bonus is if it's made locally (or made at home). These products are far less harsh than the ones that I was using before I was concerned about my environmental footprint. I'm still in the market for a zero waste, gentle facial cleanser, so let me know if you have any suggestions in the comments below.

3. My MINIMALIST routine can also be credited for my clear skin, because I'm not putting as many products on my skin. Before I was constantly trying to treat my skin with different spot treatments, harsh masks, and then moisturizers and acne toners, so it was constantly being irritated. Instead of treating my skin I was really just punishing it. Consider simplifying your routine; your skin knows what it's doing.

4. Going zero waste has led to me relying on a mostly UNPROCESSED DIET. In doing so my body is no longer reacting negatively to the foods that I was eating before, and I'm getting all of the right macro and micro nutrients that I need to thrive. My body has reacted positively in many ways; I've lost weight, my digestion is better, I have more energy and my skin is clear! If you're looking for clearer skin, simplify your diet, focusing on whole, natural, local foods.

5. The last zero waste change that I feel has positively affected my skin is that I STOPPED TAKING THE PILL. This is not for everyone! I know that many people want and need to use the pill and I'm not here to tell you to stop. For me, I began taking the pill recommended by my dermatologist and family doctor, to even out my hormones for clearer skin. I tried numerous types for many years and experienced both negative and positive effects. In the end, I decided to stop taking the pill because my skin wasn't getting any better, it was messing with my emotions, my periods weren't any lighter and the extra waste (especially with so many negative effects) bothered me. After going off the pill my skin has cleared up tremendously.

By transitioning into a zero waste lifestyle I was able to improve my skin. As far as I'm concerned, having clear skin is all about simplifying your routine and listening to your body. Let me know in the comments below if you have any questions or suggestions. Has your skin cleared up? What did you do?

Eva Hitchcock