Most of us don’t give it too much thought but have you ever wondered just what’s in that cream you slather on your face every day? Well, chances are the ingredients contain toxins – so clean up your act, your beauty cabinet and your skin with a natural approach that will have you looking your best without the environmental impact!
Nature knows best
“The beauty industry is largely unregulated and many of the ingredients found in regular skincare are known toxins – namely parabens, phthalates and petrochemicals,” says Nina Weston, founder of online natural beauty store and guide, Beautiful Because.
“In a society where fast food and synthetic preservatives have become the norm, we can forget about our natural roots and what is healthy.
“You wouldn’t go out of your way to eat synthetic food, so why put synthetic products on your skin?”
Choosing chemical free products means less nasties going down the drain and into waterways. You can even go a step further and look for natural products that are cruelty free, meaning they aren’t tested on animals or contain animal matter; going natural could be just as good for the planet as it is for you.
Whether you’re fighting blemishes, sun damage or the first signs of ageing, natural skin care products contain powerful ingredients packed with benefits.
“The list is endless, but two of my favourite ingredients at the moment would have to be Argan oil and Kakadu plum,” says Nina.
“Argan oil is a multitasking super food for skin and hair. Rich in Vitamin E, essential fatty acids, and proteins, it repairs and improves skin tone while being lightweight and easily absorbed, and also makes for a fantastic hair treatment.
“Our native Kakadu plum is one of the world’s richest sources of Vitamin C, which is a potent antioxidant and free radical scavenger that protects the skin and promotes collagen and elastin.” [Click to Tweet]
Ready to makeover your beauty cabinet but worried about the cost and wasting the stuff you’re currently using? Don’t be. According to Nina, there’s no need to do a complete 180, just replace the most important products first.
“Start with the products designed to stay on and be absorbed by your skin, such as face and body moisturisers as opposed to cleansers, first,” she says.
“Our skin can get overloaded, so remember fewer ingredients can be most effective and be money-saving multitaskers.”
DIY natural beauty
Going natural doesn’t have to break the bank or mean hitting the shops. There are many foods in your kitchen pantry that can be used as skin treatments. Nina suggests mashing some avocado to make an anti-ageing face mask and using the coffee dregs from your plunger as a body scrub. And don’t forget the most-talked about superfood since kale – coconut oil. Not only can you cook with it, you can apply it to your body, face and hair for moisturising and cleansing.
Healthy mind and body equals healthy skin
Natural skin care products work best when you’re eating a balanced diet with limited processed food (or none at all if you can manage it), exercising regularly and combating stress through relaxation.
“Take a holistic approach to your new skincare regimen and care for your body from the inside out,” Nina says.
“As you look for purer, simpler skincare, opt for whole foods in their most natural form and buy organic where possible.
“Exercise is good for mind and body and sweating helps release toxins. Meditation is another great way to de-clutter your mind and refocus your energies – I also find a walk in nature clears my head too.
“To me natural beauty is about feeling comfortable in your own skin, caring for yourself and others, caring for the planet.”
March is Go Green month at Aussie. Don’t forget to check out our other articles in this series for practical sustainability advice. If you’re planning to travel, learn how you can help preserve the environment with tips on being an eco-friendly traveller!
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