Beauty students have been making their own homemade super products to look at sustainability and ethics in the beauty industry.
Tutors from the School of Hairdressing, Beauty and Related Therapies at Blackpool and The Fylde College are hoping to include sustainability in a subject which can be behind consumerism and animal testing.
Students have held lively debates about animal testing in the cosmetics industry and the ethics behind hair extensions, as well as examining exactly what goes into everyday beauty products.
Tutor Jeanette Sinclair then took the topic further by researching natural ingredients and the benefits they have on hair and skin
She and her students then set about making their own treatments for the college’s dedicated green week, giving out free samples and recipes to encourage their peers to go green with their beauty regime.
Carly Buckley, 25, a Level Two beauty student, said: “I think it’s an important project; you don’t always know what’s in the products you buy, even some expensive ones leave my sensitive skin red and sore but the one I produced had a natural feel and was better than some of the more expensive ones. I’ll definitely practise what I preach.”
Pam Reynolds, sustainability manager at the college said: “We wanted to encourage students to think about what ingredients are used in the making of beauty products and also about the plastics and pollution involved in the production process.
“By giving them the bigger picture, they can see the impact our everyday lives can have globally and make informed choices in their future careers.”
Carly added: “I made an exfoliating face mask using honey, lemon, olive oil and sugar.
“I exfoliate a lot at home so I thought it was something I’d be able to use myself.
“I would definitely recommend it as exfoliators aren’t cheap to buy so you can save a lot of money and all of the natural ingredients are readily available in the supermarket too.”