One thing I've found when looking into zero waste skincare is that it can be quite expensive. Especially when I just want some neutral face soap to wash my face with. I've used the Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser for years at this point and it does the job of cleaning my face at the end of the night without being too stripping. For this bottle at CVS or Walmart runs about $16 dollars which is honestly pretty expensive, although it does last probably 4 months or so and I do use it daily. And if I thought that price tag hurt my wallet just searching for alternatives that were made as zero waste products was way too much to even consider.
Finally though I found out that CeraVe makes face soap bars. I went and picked one up at the CVS down the street from me which was so convenient, they had one for normal/oily skin (this is the one I got) and a dry skin version as well. It comes in a cardboard box and is just a soap bar on the inside.
I've been using this bar for the past few weeks and honestly it's no different from the Cetaphil soap I was using before in terms of its effectiveness. And I actually enjoy the fact that the CeraVe bar foams up when you use it too! The smell isn't great but it isn't strong either and it doesn't linger at all on your face or hands. And the best part of all of this was that it was only $7! So even if I go through a bar twice as quickly as I would a bottle of the Cetaphil face wash it would still be cheaper to go with this option, and even more amazing that I can consider it zero waste as well!
I'm so glad I found this face soap bar and am definitely making the switch to this permanently to make my skin care routine a little less wasteful at the end of the day.
What zero waste skincare do you use and love? Let me know in the comments below!
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