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Swap Out Your Disposable Beauty Tools for These Reusable Alternatives

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We’re always looking for ways to live a more sustainable, eco-friendlier lifestyle. Whether it’s by using reusable food packaging, recycling more or by investing in non-disposable beauty tools, it’s more important than ever to make these little changes to your daily routine. Searching for effective products can be a long process, so we’ve gathered a few of our favorites.

Here are six reusable beauty tools to make your routine more sustainable.

LastObject LastSwab

LastObject’s LastSwab is a total game-changer. It’s a sustainable, reusable option for those who rely on q-tips and cotton swabs for makeup touch-ups. With a pointed tip and easy cleaning steps, it can be used up to 1,000 times! The LastSwab even comes in a small case made with recyclable plastic.

Promising review from Last Object: Carmella says, “These make it so easy to stop using q-tips every time you have to clean up your mascara or eyeliner. They’re a perfect zero waste alternative. So cute, works well and is easy to clean.”

e.l.f. Silicone Blender Duo

The Glitter Silicone Blender Duo from e.l.f is not only long lasting and easy to clean, but it’s great for applying skincare products, foundation and concealer as well. Designed to apply and blend makeup without absorbing any product, the blender will leave you with a flawless complexion and a smooth finish every time. Plus, it’s vegan and cruelty-free!

Promising review from ELF: Shante says, “I use this when I am applying liquid foundation or mixing my foundations. It’s perfect and helps you to use minimal product while covering the entire surface. I’ve had these for over a year and they still look brand new.”

Nurse Jamie Face Wrap Silicone Mask

Nurse Jamie’s Face Wrap Skin Perfecting Silicone Mask works with your favorite serums, moisturizers and face masks to lock in products and refresh skin. The silicone wrap is a more sustainable way to get the same effects as a sheet mask, as it’s reusable and can be paired with most skincare products.

Promising review from Revolve: Kelly says, “This is a game changer for mask wearing! It holds them in place and keeps the mask moist, so it doesn’t dry out too quickly. No more constantly having to press the mask back down after talking, drinking water, etc.”

Versed Down to Earth Reusable Cotton Pads

Another reusable beauty product you need in your makeup bag is Versed’s Down to Earth Reusable Cotton Pads. They’re machine washable, long lasting and a much more sustainable way to remove makeup or apply toner. Not to mention, the set comes with 14 pads and a wash bag made from recycled nylon. They’re truly the perfect alternative to single-use cotton pads!

Promising review from Versed: Rosie says, “I love these cotton pads; they’re great quality! They are much larger than a regular disposable cotton round, and they soak up the product nicely and very gentle when rubbed across my face. They’re definitely a great investment.”

So Eco Gentle Facial Buffer

The Gentle Facial Buffer from So Eco is made with natural ramie and cotton to gently exfoliate and cleanse skin. Made with a textured pad and accompanied by a hand strap, it’s easy to use and great for those with sensitive skin. Not to mention, the buffer is reusable, vegan, cruelty-free and comes in sustainable packaging.

Promising review from Urban Outfitters: Hailee says, “I used this to wash my face in the morning and evening. I love it because it’s so gentle but still exfoliates my face. It truly makes my face feel very smooth and clean. And it’s eco-friendly!!”

The Vintage Cosmetic Company Makeup Removing Cloths

Last but not least, it’s time to swap out your disposable makeup wipes for The Vintage Cosmetic Company’s Makeup Removing Cloths. They easily remove all makeup in just a few swipes and a splash of water, leaving your skin squeaky clean. The cloths are also dual-action, as one side features longer fibers to exfoliate skin.

Promising review from Ulta: Remy says, “These are great. From everyday makeup to a full beat, they always get the job done. Plus, they’re way better for the environment than traditional makeup wipes. I’m honestly floored by these.”

Reviews have been edited for length and clarity.

Which reusable products do you love? Sound off below!

Emily Lentz
Emily Lentz
Emily Lentz is a Los Angeles-based Features Editor, creating content and working towards providing an inclusive space for beauty professionals and consumers.