When it comes to reducing our daily waste, small changes can make a huge impact. If you’re committed to a weekly sheet mask or if a cat eye is crucial to your makeup look, you might not realise how many serum-soaked sheet masks or cotton buds you go through regularly.
And listen, we love sheet masks and glittery makeup as much as the next beauty-obsessive, but there are so many incredible, new zero-waste innovations on the market that can help us achieve the same results – minus the excess trash.
In 2021, plenty more planet-friendly beauty launches have popped up on our radar, and some of them have already found permanent homes in our bathrooms. Ahead, we rounded up the very best biodegradable and reusable beauty products, including skincare, makeup, and beauty tools.
Reusable beauty products
We’ve made efforts to be eco-conscious for a long time now, such as recycling our beauty empties and opting for refillable products. If you want to take your journey a step further, then perhaps it’s time to try a few reusable beauty products.
These are made to last forever and they’ll make your home and beauty cupboard so much more eco-friendly.
Honest Beauty Reusable Magic Silicone Sheet Mask
Honest Beauty’s Reusable Magic Silicone Sheet Mask is the ultimate alternative to single-use masks. Silicone face masks provide an occlusive seal to deliver ingredients and hydration into the skin. This minimises evaporation, which usually occurs with sheet masks made with permeable materials.
Silicone face masks also allow you to customise your treatment based on what your skin needs, so you can choose to layer on a suitable serum or moisturiser before placing the silicone face mask on. To ensure it won’t slip off during use, this one has special ear loops that keep it nice and secured.
Honest Beauty Reusable Magic Silicone Sheet Mask retails for US$14.99 (S$19.99). Click on the link below for the most updated price.
Nurse Jamie FaceWrap Skin Perfecting Silicone Mask
Just like the Honest Beauty mask, Nurse Jamie’s mask is made of silicone. Since silicone masks are hypoallergenic and chemically inert, they won’t react to any active ingredients. Plus, they’re highly durable, which means you’ll be using this for years to come.
Simply apply a thick layer of your favourite serum or moisturiser and put the mask over it. The silicone layer will seal all that goodness into your skin and give it the same results you get from disposable face masks.
Nurse Jamie FaceWrap Skin Perfecting Silicone Mask retails for £25 (S$46.10). Click on the links below for the most updated prices.
Dieux Skin Forever Eye Mask
Dieux’s reusable Forever Eye Mask is one of the most genius reusable beauty products we’ve ever encountered. Made with medical-grade silicone, the eye mask acts as an occlusive layer to help eye gels, serums, and creams sink in for maximum absorption.
Pop them on for 10 to 30 minutes, and wash them in warm water. Dry them with a towel and pop them back in their case. You can also keep these in the fridge for a cooling, de-puffing effect.
Dieux’s orders ship within the United States only at the time of writing, so you’ll need to prepare a parcel-forwarding service if you’re looking to purchase a set of these.
Dieux Skin Forever Eye Mask retails for US$25 (S$33.33). Click on the link below for the most updated price.
SiO Beauty SiO FaceLift
To target fine lines and wrinkles while you sleep, look no further than SiO Beauty’s overnight FaceLift pack. Each set includes reusable plumping and crease-smoothing masks for our most vulnerable areas, including the forehead, under and outer eyes, and neck.
The brand also offers their Eye and Smile Lift Anti-Wrinkle Patches that work just like Dieux’s Forever Eye Mask.
SiO Beauty SiO FaceLift retails for S$61.22. Click on the link below for the most updated price.
LastObject LastTissue The Reusable Organic Tissue Pack
Yes, these reusable cotton tissues from LastObject are great for wiping a runny nose or weepy eyes. However, they’re also ideal for blotting lipstick and cleaning off makeup mistakes.
These tissues are made of 100% cotton and come in a reusable tissue case. The case has a silicone barrier so you can separate used and new tissues, and you can wash them in the little laundry bag they come with. Its silicone case can be washed by hand with hot water or in the washing machine.
LastObject LastTissue The Reusable Organic Tissue Pack retails for S$32.30. Click on the link below for the most updated price.
LastObject LastSwab Beauty Reusable Cotton Swabs
We rely on cotton buds for a few different beauty endeavours, such as fixing a winged, liner, cleaning up the edges of lipstick, and sometimes applying spot treatments. These silicone cotton swabs from LastObject are easy to use and even easier to clean.
When you’re done, just run them under hot water with a little bit of soap, dry them, and place them back in their handy containers for the next use. It also comes in a Basic version to clean your ears.
LastObject LastSwab Beauty Reusable Cotton Swabs retail for S$16.08. Click on the link below for the most updated price.
Biodegradable beauty products
It’s a simple process with biodegradable beauty products. Much like composting food, these products can be tossed directly into your household compost bin when you’re done with them. In just a few short months, they’ll have completely decomposed.
KOOSHOO Organic Scrunchies
Whether you put your hair in a bun or wear it in a low pony, a scrunchie is essential when we want to keep our hair away from our faces.
These biodegradable scrunchies from KOOSHOO are made from organic cotton and natural rubbers – two materials that decompose in a compost bin.
KOOSHOO Organic Scrunchies retail for US$20 (S$26.66) for two. Click on the links below for the most updated prices.
Bioglitz Biodegradable Glitter
Traditional glitter is made of microplastic, which takes hundreds of years to decompose. The good news is that cellulose versions like Bioglitz’s Biodegradable Glitter exist, so you can get down with your disco self without guilt.
Choose from Diamond Dust, Standard Shine, Disco Chunk, or get the Explorer Pack for five vials of unique glitter mixes. You’ll feel like a character in Euphoria once you’ve dusted these shimmers on.
Bioglitz Biodegradable Glitter retails from US$10 (S$13.33). Click on the link below for the most updated prices.
Neighbourhood Botanicals Konjac Sponge
This soft yet effective exfoliating sponge from Neighbourhood Botanicals is made from root vegetable fibres. When softened with water, it gently buffs away dead skin cells, helping to brighten the complexion and ward off breakouts.
After two or three months of daily use, simply toss it in your compost bin.
Neighbourhood Botanicals Konjac Sponge retails for S$11.75. Click on the links below for the most updated prices.
Tabitha Eve Reusable Nail Varnish Remover Pads (5 pack)
You won’t have to use up that many cotton rounds each time you remove your nail polish. With Tabitha Eve’s Reusable Nail Varnish Remover Pads, you can use your usual nail polish remover with these large squares to remove polish fast.
Each pack contains five nail polish wipes that are made from bamboo, rayon, and felt, so you can reuse and compost them.
Tabitha Eve Reusable Nail Varnish Remover Pads (5 pack) retail for £5 (S$9.24). Click on the link below for the most updated price.