Oh of COURSE it's possible!
When most people think of zero waste, they think of harsh bar soap face washing (stripping) and coconut oil moisturizer (pore clogging, see my blog about my feelings on coconut oil). That's not very appealing to most of the skin care pros out there, myself included. I tried it, didn't work for me but some of the information out there is extremely detrimental to our skin health. I shouldn't have even tried some of the things I was told! I knew better but the pressure to use little and do little is real. Did I fail?
Zero waste isn't some crazy, strict idea. It's literally taking things we love and use, then making it create no waste or no extra waste. Just doing what we can as humans to make the world a better place. You don't have to get rid of ANYTHING, it's all about adjusting it to be more eco friendly. It's not some exclusive club in which you live with nothing, or at least, it doesn't have to be. In the end, we all create waste. That's the sad reality but you can make a huge difference and it just takes adjustments. What works for someone else just didn't work for me. That doesn't make me a failure. It makes me say 'Well, what CAN I do for my skin that doesn't hurt the environment, so I know what's in all my things?' TADA!
Every single thing in my routine comes as sustainably as possible, with as little packaging as possible. I make a large majority of it (two I do not make at this time but I will be soon!) and all my packaging is reusable and the companies had NO issue sending less packaging on the two products I don't currently make and my supplies. All I had to do was ask. Less money spent for them, less trash goes to waste. Win win.
Is multiple step skin care for everyone?
Plain and simple, no. It's not. To ellaborate, If you don't know skin care or don't know your skin, do not just jump into piling a ton of products on your skin. No matter how magical they claim to be, natural or otherwise. That can and probably will make things go south. It's always best to talk to your own dermatologist, they can help you pick what's right for you personal skin needs and start slowly. Add things in one at a time. I personally like to wait 2 weeks until I add anything else after I start a new product. Why? It takes that long to develop some pimples! I have rushed into a million products and then had to immediately stop them all and reintroduce each. Learn from me, avoid the yuck stage.
Another reason multi-step skincare may not be for you? Some people just do not want to spend the time on their skin that a multiple step skin care routine would require. That's fine, you do you. Basic skincare provides enough for your skin, if you so chose. Being wise about your choices is the key.
As for me, multiple step skin care has completely transformed my skin in less than 6 months. I saw results right away and complete difference now. I love my skin care time. It's my time to pamper my skin. My me time. My brain says, AH! Morning routine! Time to start the day! At night, it signals that I'm home, I'm safe and it's time to relax. My skin health is just as important as my inner health. Taking care of my skin means a life long positive relationship with my body. Sunscreen, for instance, is a definite must in the health care of your skin and eventually your entire body!
Each person can have as many products as they want/need, again based on your skin needs and issues. I have all mine together in a pretty set up, so it looks like a ton. Some products I use only in the morning, some only at night, some only sparingly. Think of this like a makeup collection but focusing on skin health.
I change some things every 3 months or so, just to give my skin a variety and keep my skin from becoming accustom to an ingredient. So far, I'm shocked at the results. It's been a total game changer for me! My skin went from breaking out, uncontrollably, oily then suddenly with no warning too dry and burning peeling. Not to mention uneven and horrible sun damage (from previous bad habits...). My skin was a mess.
It's your skin. This isn't a one size fits all world where a bar of soap and good wishes will get you clear skin. You don't have to lose anything while making the world a better place. As always, speak to your dermatologist and get to know your own skin before making any drastic decision regarding the largest organ of your body, simple or complex. Protect it daily and take good care of it in the best way your skin responds! Skin care, in my opinion, is what it says: skin care. It's not frivolous. It's not all vanity. It's caring for your skin in a way that your entire self benefits.
If you would like to know more about my routine, leave me a comment below! I would love to share my skin care triumphs! I even make my own makeup that's amazing for my skin!
Get your skin care on,
-The Smart Girl in Pants
The Smart Girl in Pants