Anyone who's been keeping up with the blog lately is going to think I'm psychotic, but I've been back and forth about facial moisturizer a lot in the last few months. I tried switching to natural moisturizers, but my skin started to dry up and flare up, and I ended up going back to my same old drugstore purchased, synthetic moisturizer because it seemed to be the only thing that worked.
Then, I read an Instagram post from another zero-waste woman, who said that she used to be dependent on the same moisturizer. She explained that synthetic moisturizers can actually destroy your skin's natural oil barrier, which keeps your skin hydrated, so that effectively you become dependent on the synthetic stuff just for your skin to feel normal. This definitely sounded like me.
Then she said that the way she got around it was to just STOP. She stopped using synthetic moisturizer and allowed her skin to heal and form a natural oil barrier again. She said that her skin got super duper dry for a few days, but then it got better on its own.
I've since read other corroborating theories that synthetic moisturizers can prevent your skin from hydrating itself, and that healthy skin doesn't need a bunch of stuff slathered on it every day. If you get out of its way and let it maintain its own moisture balance, you may be better off.
So, with that in mind, I'm quitting. I'm going to stop using my synthetic moisturizer for the next week and see what happens, and I'm going to abstain from makeup in the mean time in order to keep this a controlled experiment. I'll keep cleansing with almond oil, and use a tiny dab for moisturizer, but that's it. Hopefully my skin can get its moisture barrier back so I can fuss with it a lot less.
I'll post updates on my Instagram stories, if you care to follow along! This could get real ugly...
There is a whole lot of talk about plastic these days, as films and TV programs are increasing our awareness of the scale of the plastic pollution problem. Single-use plastics are becoming taboo, and even big brands and retailers are joining the fight against plastics.
Or are they?
For those who are not yet familiar, hygge is the Danish term for that cozy feeling of contentment that comes from the enjoyment of life’s simplest pleasures. The Danes are experts at it, and I’ve come to regard hygge as my key to surviving the sometimes bleak, seemingly interminable British winter.
Most of us have family or friends who have chosen to go vegan, and would like to give them Christmas gifts that recognise and support their lifestyle. But if you’re not vegan yourself, it can be hard to know exactly what to buy or where to look. o help you out, we’ve rounded up our five favourite gift ideas for the vegans in our lives.
Whether you’re looking to cut down on your household waste for environmental reasons or you’re thinking ahead and hoping to reduce your power bills in the long-term, you may have considered switching to solar power for your home. If you’re interested in installing solar panels but aren’t sure if the potential advantages outweigh the initial costs, consider the following significant benefits…
There’s something in our nature as people that likes to assign specific tasks to specific objects. We like to know that a certain tool is for a certain purpose. But occasionally, and especially when trying to reduce waste, it pays to think outside the box, and let certain things serve multiple purposes.
While it’s impossible for individuals to save all wildlife from the perils of plastic entanglement, there are little things we can do collectively to help.
"Careful with claiming compostability with bamboo [charcoal] fibre products. Unless @georganicsuk has had their product lab tested for purity (not just relying on their bamboo fibre supplier claims), there is a good chance this floss contains plastic. There has been deception going on with bamboo [charcoal] floss suppliers where the suppliers that supply manufacturers will claim that their floss is bamboo when it's largely composed of synthetic plastic material.”
Traveling can be especially difficult for a zero waste warrior, as it can be challenging to keep yourself fed and watered without resorting to single-use disposables, ubiquitous and convenient as they are. Water can be of particular concern, especially if you’re traveling to a country that doesn’t have safe drinking water readily available. Is it possible to travel to places like Mexico and India without resorting to plastic bottled water?
Let me blow your mind real quick. Did you know that every toothbrush you’ve ever owned still exists somewhere? Yep. The bathroom may not seem like a tremendous source of plastic in our lives, but when we think about how long it takes plastic to break down, it’s worth it to consider all the bits of plastic that we use every day. Here are four ways to cut down on plastic in the bathroom and make it a waste-free zone.