'Lately at Advanced Face and Body I have been leading the conversation on ‘clean beauty’ and why we all need to jump on board and be more conscious shoppers'
To see this concept through full circle I organised in clinic 'clean beauty' product making classes. We are cooking up our own natural skincare from scratch which gives us a chance to really see what’s going on within skincare formulations and how we can still have it all, without harming ourselves or the environment.
So, what is the difference between many skincare products found in chemists and ‘clean’ beauty products?
Choosing ‘clean beauty’ means avoiding aggressive ingredients and synthetic chemicals found alarmingly often in our mainstream beauty brands.
Making safe, clean products that also deliver real results which is important, as we still want to see all the efficacy of strong and active ingredients.
But, building awareness of the harmful health effects of some toxic ingredients like hormone disruption, cancer, and skin irritation is something many of us just don’t have time to think about.
Another important factor that we need to consider is whether our skincare accounts for the overall environment.
Are we prioritising ingredients that are ethically sourced, of non-animal origin, and cruelty-free? Ask yourself if the packaging and ingredients in your skincare is sustainable or renewable, biobased sourced or cruelty free.
Consider choosing ingredients that are biodegradable, are nonpersistent in the environment, and don’t have the potential to accumulate in animals.
Did you know that a skincare preservative you can use is fermented radishes?
Its scientific name is leucidal which is a natural preservative created by fermenting raphanus sativus (radish) roots with the microorganism, leuconostoc, a bacterium from lactic acid. Small amounts (typically 0.5%) are used in cosmetics to protect them from a wide range of harmful substances that can contaminate the product and alter its effectiveness.
That’s fermented radish root, as opposed to parabens like butylparaben, methylparaben and propylparaben which are the most widely used preservatives in cosmetics, skincare and personal care products.
Parabens have been linked to many health issues including reproductive toxicity, endocrine disruption, and skin irritation and therefore, we all need to care more.
So, whilst we are busy in the clinic learning clean beauty formulations and continuing in our ‘clean beauty’ education I have put together some tips for you all at home to follow to assist you on your ‘clean beauty’ journey:
Only choose a physical SPF sunscreen (we recommend ASPECTS Physical Sun Protection SPF 50+)
Look at your skincare’s packaging and check for sustainable packaging information labels such as:
If you are unsure of an ingredient, then a great website to log onto is: https://cosmily.com/ingredient-checker it takes two seconds to get the all clear or the STAY AWAY!
Thanks for reading guys and more updates to come 😊