The Top Eco-Friendly Skincare Tips for Earth Day

April 18th, 2015

The leading NYC day spa has compiled the top eco-friendly skincare tips with a consideration for Earth Day on April 22.   Since it’s creation by then Wisconsin Senator, Gaylord Nelson, this year marks the 45th anniversary of the celebration that puts the health of the planet front and center in global discussion: a reminder that resources are finite and that we have a responsibility to secure the vibrance of the environment for future generations.  Holistic day spas such as the Joanna Vargas Skincare Sanctuary have taken special care in crafting skincare products with this fact in mind.

1. Natural Ingredients

When you opt for natural botanical ingredients in face cleansers and exfoliants not only does your skin benefit, but ultimately the environment does too.  This means there are fewer harsh chemicals visibly degrading your skin over time or ending up in the earth’s water supply from fragrances and synthetic preservatives that are often found in these products.


As an example, the Alliance for the Great Lakes has found that the tiny plastic microbeads found in many synthetic exfoliating products are often mistaken as fish food when they filter through water treatment systems and reach large bodies of water. “Environmentalists say they’re a part of the plastic pollution found in the ocean, and, increasingly, in the Great Lakes, which contain more than 20 percent of the world’s freshwater. Now, Illinois and New York state lawmakers are a step closer to banning them,” according to National Public Radio.

2. Choose Quality Over Quantity

You will find that a little bit of a highly concentrated daily serum derived from natural sources goes a lot further in ensuring reliable absorption and the health of your skin over cheaper low grade products with questionable ingredients that are used in larger quantity.  Using high end concentrated face care also means far less packaging being discarded in the long run because so little is required to be effective.

Wrap you brain around this: the EPA estimated that the U.S. alone amassed 250 million tons of total garbage in 2012, but it’s sure to be more at this point.  The less packaging we contribute to that annual tally the better our beauty (carbon) footprint and the overall state of this singular planet.  Editing your skincare products, with preference given those that comprise a solid and results driven routine, results in the purchase of the fewer items with far less packaging to discard in the end.

3. Reusable/Recyclable Containers

Search recyclable and reusable containers when purchasing face care products.  Some spas wisely use glass containers with this in mind.  Not only does the glass preserve products better but the jars and bottles can be reused at home for other purposes.  When you choose glass jars and bottles fewer plastics end up leaching chemicals into your products, that are then absorbed through the skin and later end up in the ground soil.

Christine Lennon of the Wall Street Journal offers this sage advice: ‘It’s also smart to be aware of a product’s general recyclability. For example, avoid packaging that fuses metal, glass and plastic. “Hybrid packaging is the biggest challenge in recycling cosmetics,” said Albe Zakes, vice president of communications for TerraCycle, the Trenton, N.J.-based recycling company that partners with beauty brands to produce things like benches and flowerpots using plastic amalgam.’


Deanna Lane has a BFA from Pratt Institute and a Masters degree in cultural anthropology from New Mexico State University–now writing health and wellness articles for Joanna Vargas Skincare Sanctuary in NYC.  Otherwise-trekking the social media and museum scenes…