Earth Day 2023
Get Ready With Me for the End Of The World
The planet is currently on track to rise an average of 3 °C by the year 2100, which researchers have determined is two times beyond the point at which our planet will become significantly less hospitable to human life.
Research provided by Intersectional Environmentalist reveals such climate change could lead to increased ultraviolet (UV) radiation, heat, and air pollutants that damage the skin and increase the likelihood of conditions such as eczema, atopic dermatitis, acne, premature signs of aging, and skin cancer. And yet, adverse human health impacts are already occurring due to current levels of global climate change, reiterating how imperative it is for positive change to be enacted immediately.
Implementing proper action now could help mitigate and help prevent many of the aforementioned skin conditions - for example, approximately 443 million cases of skin cancer, and 2.3 million skin cancer deaths for people in the United States born in the years 1890–2100.
“Environmental injustices have created the urgency we face today to prevent the rise in global temperatures. The next few years are critical to ensure transformational and just change that protects both people and the planet. Learning about the climate crisis and its solutions has historically been gate kept in scientific journals and academic spaces. Making climate education accessible through artistic storytelling means we can reach and mobilize more people into hopeful action for our planet.” - Diandra Esparza, Executive Director at IE.
Inflamm-a-Toner: If the temperature continues to rise, we’ll need this industrial grade toner to keep the skin’s pH and protected from dangerous toxins.
Micro-Plastic Removal Mask: If the fossil fuel industry keeps up with plastic production, we will need a special mask to draw micro-plastics out of our skin to keep it clear and glowy.
Extinguisher Repair Mask: If wildfire smoke continues to increase and linger we’ll need this ultra-intense hydrating mask to prevent skin conditions such as eczema and dermatitis.
SPF 5000+: If the ozone layer continues to deplete at the rate it is, SPF 5000+ will be the only SPF that can protect us from skin cancer.
Skin Proud x Intersectional Environmentalist
7 Days, 7 Sustainability Tips
1. Recycle beauty product containers and packaging
a) Visit Call2Recycle, Recycle Coach or EARTH911 to check your local recycling regulations
b) When you run out of one of your beauty products, dispose of any residual contents in the garbage - NOT the sink, to avoid ingredients like microbeads from coming in contact with waters and contributing to the ocean’s plastic pollution crisis. For reference, here's a quick guide to non-recyclables:
i. Hair Care: Shampoo caps, conditioner caps, hair gel tubes and caps, hair spray triggers, and hair paste caps
ii. Skin Care: Lip balm tubes and caps, soap dispensers and tubes, body wash caps, lotion dispensers, and caps.
iii. Cosmetics: Lipstick cases, lip gloss tubes, mascara tubes, eye shadow cases, bronzer cases, foundation packaging, powder cases, eyeliner cases, eyeliner pencils, eyeshadow tubes, concealer tubes, concealer sticks, and lip liner pencils
c) Find programs that recycle the “unrecyclable”, such as TerraCycle or BEAUTYCYCLE
2. Use reusable products and beauty tools where possible i.e Skin Proud’s Clear Off makeup remover pads or reusable shopping bags
a) Find ways to reuse the disposables in your routines such as wipes and cotton pads.
b) When it comes to shopping, single-use plastic bags are out. Paper bags are good but reusable bags are even better.
3. Reduce consumption by using multitasking beauty products
a) Skin Proud’s Everything Balm is formulated with hydrating jojoba oil and nourishing coconut oil to become your go-to dry skin solution in one little tube.
b) Swap out your moisturizer for Skin Proud’s Serious Shade SPF 50, formulated with hydrating Ceramide and brightening Acerola Cherry Extract. Plus, it also doubles as a primer!
4. Be mindful of how much water you use
a) Avoid leaving the water running when washing your face.
5. Use what you have before buying a replacement, and find other uses for products you don’t like
a) Could you use lipstick as a blush instead? Get creative with the different ways you can use a product. If the product is just not for you, consider giving it/selling it to give it a second life.
6. Be mindful of how much product you’re using
a) When it comes to product usage, doing the most may not be the best. Try looking up the recommended amount/quantity per use before applying - not only will this make your product last longer but it’ll likely also make it work better.
7. Support eco-conscious beauty products and brands like Skin Proud
a) Do your research on the brands you're shopping from and support, and ensure that they’re making a difference through their genuine commitment to being planet friendly.