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6 of the best #eco #beautytools

We all love a gadget. A gizmo, an invention, a tool that can enhance our beauty routine, and make life just that little bit better. So what are the best eco tools on the market, that will stand the test of time and not end up in landfill, damaging our environment?

Rose Quartz Gua Sha

The Korean Konjac Sponge

Fresh Therapies Glass Nail File

Ecotools dry body brush

Reusable Cotton Pads

Wearth London Organic Sleep Masks

Gua Sha facial massage is an ancient Chinese stress relieving technique to brighten, rejuvenate and depuff the skin. We’ve all heard of facial rollers, they are splashed everywhere across Instagram (yes I am guilty too). However, Gua Sha is a slightly different technique and feeling. It’s essentially a flat piece of semi precious stone like the healing rose quartz Gua Sha from By Sarah London, that is shaped to contour the face. Add a few drops of By Sarah London vegan Organic Facial Oil to the skin and working from the centre of the face outward, draw the tool along the jawline, across the cheekbones and from the brow bone toward the hairline. Press the flat side along the orbital bone to stimulate the lymphatic drainage system and depuff the eyes. Pop it in the fridge and let the healing properties of rose quartz cool, soothe and promote self love.

The Korean Konjac Sponge is a natural plant fibre based exfoliating and cleansing tool that is 100% biodegradable. Infused with nourishing mineral extracts, the sponge deeply cleanses and refines the skin, removing all water based make up without the need for cleansers. It’s gentle enough to use on new borns and people with skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. When you use it for the first time, soak it in warm water for about 15 mins to fully expand it. Softly buff the skin with a circular motion, rinse and leave to dry. You can use the sponge with or without other cleansing products. The sponge lasts for about 2 or 3 months of daily use, after which you simply pop it in the composter. I also like to place them in plant pots,  as a whole or cut into pieces as they retain water, helping your plants keep healthy and hydrated. 

I’ve never had the strongest nails and find that if I don’t immediately file down any snags, they easily split. Fresh Therapies are a wonderful company dedicated to creating healthy nails naturally. I’ve been a long term fan of their acetone free Natural Nail Polish Remover, which doesn’t strip the nail of its natural oils, and unlike traditional polish remover, it smells divine. However, it’s their Glass Nail File which has an omnipresence in my make up bag and kit. Glass files are more hygienic and file your nails evenly, preventing them from chipping and splitting, and as long as they are not embellished, they can also be recycled. This file comes in an eco bamboo holder for protection and makes it quicker and easier to find in your bag.

Body brushing has long been known for its therapeutic benefits. The synthetic fibre and sustainable bamboo Ecotools Dry Body Brush is a great addition to your beauty routine. Before showering or bathing, brush your body using long strokes always upward and toward the heart. Body brushing boosts circulation, stimulates the lymphatic system, removes dead skin cells and ingrown hairs and creates a general glowing feeling of wellbeing. 

Have you got a stash of make up reusable pads and wipes at home yet? If not, what are you waiting for? Simply apply coconut oil to emulsify your make up, wet a pad in warm water to remove the oil and make up, apply a cold pad to refresh your face, and chuck in the wash. It couldn’t be simpler. Atlas and Ortos Reusable Face Wipes made from hemp and organic cotton fleece, and Cheeky Wipes Reusable Make Up Removal Pads are reasonably priced, and are designed to be used time and time again. 

The best beauty tool of all is sleep. Good sleep improves your skin health as lack of sleep causes the body to produce more of the stress hormone cortisol. Cortisol increases the stress and inflammation in the body which in turn will show on your skin. Wearth London Organic Sleep Masks not only block out the light, but also look good, with a great choice of colours all produced with non toxic dyes. They come in organic cotton jersey which is super soft against the skin, or for sensitive skins, organic bamboo silk, a great vegan alternative to silk which is naturally hypoallergenic and anti-bacterial. Light blocking encourages deep sleep, so once you sleep mask you never look back.