Skin care Awareness –
3 Nasties to Avoid and 3 Goodies to Go For!
Discerning the good, the bad, and the ugly when it comes to skin care awareness is a confusing maze these days. Look at many skincare ingredient labels and you’ll find 15 syllable, unpronounceable chemical sounding concoctions that seem to have little relation to the smooth cream you’re applying to your precious skin. Sure, it might seem like natural skin care as you’re applying it, but that’s the point – many skin care products are trying to sell the ‘naturalness’ of their products, while using whatever nasty ingredients are cheapest and have the longest shelf-life.
In our previous blog, Key skincare ingredients explored: Hyaluronic Acid – No burn, only benefits, we shared the benefits of this amazing ingredient. Today, we’re expanding on this to assist you even further when it comes to choosing which skin care products to use?
While there are a number of variables when it comes to skin type, age, and your general skin care regime, it can be said that the foundations of having skin care awareness comes down to what you avoid as much as what you choose.
Improving your Skin Care Awareness about the Nasties
These are our top 3 nasties to AVOID when looking to raise your Skin Care Awareness and become a conscious consumer regarding ingredients labels:
Phthalates are a group of chemicals used to make plastics more flexible and harder to break. Phthalates are commonly found in everyday household items such as toys, vinyl flooring, wall coverings, raincoats, and automotive plastics. They are also commonly found in cosmetics including nail polish, hair sprays, aftershave, body soaps, shampoos, and perfumes.
While the long term effects of consistently absorbing phthalates into the human body are still unknown, they have been shown to affect the reproductive system of some animals. With so little known about the long term human effects of these plastic additives, are you really willing to risk it when there are so many more natural options available? Afterall, ‘looking plastic’ has never been a compliment, has it!?
Also labelled as ethylparaben, butylparaben, methylparaben, propylparaben, isobutylparaben, isopropylparaben, and other ingredients ending in – paraben, parabens are basically a chemical preservative. Not only are there effective, natural preservative options available, parabens have concerningly been linked with breast cancer and reproductive toxicity.
How’s this measurement when it comes to skin care awareness? The Danish have gone so far as to ban many types of parabens in products for children under 3 years old. If the Danish government is concerned enough to ban them for its more vulnerable citizens, it’s valuable to consider whether you really want to be exposing yourself to those kinds of risks at any age. Especially when there are so many natural alternatives easily available.
3. Sulphates (also spelt ‘Sulfate’)
Typically found in shampoos (and many other household cleaning products), sulphates are generally responsible for that over-the-top ‘bubble’ effect we’ve been conditioned to expect from our shampoos. While not considered ‘bad’ enough for the general population to be overly concerned, for greater skin care awareness dermatologist Dr. Baxt recommends switching to a sulphate-free formula if you have allergies, eczema or find your current shampoo irritating to the scalp.
Improving your Skin care Awareness about the Goodies
So now you know you’re more aware of our top 3 nasties to avoid, here’s what we recommend in skin care awareness for our top 3 naturals to CHOOSE when selecting what to put on that precious skin of yours!
1. Certified Organic
‘To be certified organic means to grow or manufacture a product free from synthetic pesticides, herbicides, hormones and antibiotics. Livestock must be free to range and pasture-fed, seed must be non-GM, and the process must be water efficient and biodiversity friendly.’ – Australian Organic
‘Nasties’ come in many forms and guises and one of the easiest ways to avoid them is to look for “Certified organic”. Pure, natural, and just the way nature intended. That’s what we’re committed to offering in our skincare and beauty range!
2. Made in Australia
Aussie, Aussie, Aussie – Oi, Oi, Oi! Choosing products that are made in Australia means more jobs for locals and more support for Australian entrepreneurs and businesses. Buying Australian Made also offers more transparency and assurance that quality standards are being met and surpassed. Australia is a country with an incredibly high standard of worker rights. We also have world class standards in manufacturing and product safety and quality. For these reasons and more, we believe that skin care awareness should definitely include Australian Made.
3. Cruelty Free
We believe that no creature needs to suffer in order to create natural, effective skincare and beauty products. According to the RSPCA, no animal testing for cosmetics currently takes place in Australia. However, different countries have different legislation and cultural standards when it comes to being cruelty free. Unless you are really well researched and know the country of origin of your beauty products, buying international products may very well mean you’re inadvertently supporting animal cruelty. Another brilliant reason and skin care awareness factor to buy Australian made.
Skin care Awareness and Revive Your Beauty
Revive Your Beauty products are free from phthalates, parabens, and sulphates. We pride ourselves on sourcing only cruelty free and using certified organic ingredients. And, yes, Revive Your Beauty skin care awareness means that our natural skin care and beauty products are also proudly Australian made! Take a look in our online shop to discover more about our quality product range and our next level Galvanic Spa home treatment related packages.