This year is finally coming to a close, which means it’s time to ‘Marie Kondo’ anything that doesn’t ‘spark joy’ and make way for yourself to become a better person. Globally speaking, we are burnt out: working from home has blurred the boundaries of our work/non-work life; financial security has been called into question; anxieties over the physical and mental health of loved ones and general fears for the future have never been so rife. Of course, world events are out of our hands, but there are some things we cancontrol. In 2021, it’s time to look after yourself, look after each other, and help take care of our beloved planet. You can do all of this by making a few simple changes to your beauty and wellness routine. Here are your nine beauty resolutions for 2021.
Best 9 Beauty And Wellness Resolutions For 2021
1. Support Black-owned beauty businesses
From coronavirus affecting Black people at a disproportionately high rate to the senseless deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and many more, it has been a harrowing year for Black people—which is why now more than ever it is crucial to support the Black community. One way to do this is by purchasing products from Black-owned beauty brands. For makeup, there’s The Lip Bar, UOMA Beauty and Pat McGrath Labs. For hair, see Charlotte Mensah and Oye Green. And for nails, take a look at Pear Nova and Suite Eleven. For male grooming, see Bevel.
2. Opt for brands with eco-friendly packaging
Every year, the beauty industry produces more than 120bn units of packaging, while annually 8m metric tonnes of plasticenter our oceans with devastating consequences for marine environments. Help make a difference by choosing brands who use environmentally conscious packaging, whether that’s glass bottles or ocean-made plastic, including REN, Aveda, Dr Hauschka, Weleda, Medik8 and Bleach London.
3. Invest in a refillable lipstick
Finally: an alternative to single-use plasticthat doesn’t cost the Earth—enter the refillable lipstick tube. Instead of consigning your empty lippies to landfill in 2021 and slowly contributing to the destruction of the planet and its inhabitants, why not invest in a refillable lipstick? Brands offering refillable lipsticks, as well as other cosmetics, include Charlotte Tilbury, Lush, Guerlain, Hourglass, and La Bouche Rouge.
4. Go cruelty-free
Enjoy beauty without harming animals in the process. In 2013, cosmetic testing on animals was banned in the EU, and yet research shows that at least 115m animals are still experimented on worldwide every year. In 2021, it’s time to shop responsiblyand think of the animals. These brands are among those doing just that: Drunk Elephant, Glossier, Bare Minerals, CoverGirl, Illamasqua, and NYX Cosmetics.
5. Switch to solid shampoo
From the plastic bottles they’re in to their high carbon footprint, liquid shampoos can do quite a bit of damage. Next year, why not try a shampoo bar? Incredibly eco-friendly, shampoo bars are usually vegan, cruelty-free and free from harmful chemicals. They are also lightweight by nature, which means a low carbon footprint, they come without plastic packaging and are concentrated so they last longer. Try Unwrapped Life, KOHA Beauty and Ethique.
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