Educate Yourself and Make the choice!

Educate Yourself and Make the choice! Aimee Angelique

Photo credit:  Renee Bell Photography 

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.  ~ Nelson Mandela

Namaste Beautiful,

We’re all natural beauties, each and every one of us. To maintain & enrich that inner glow, I’ve compiled a list of some tips and tricks for a more natural skincare routine.

Our skin regenerates every 28 days and it’s important to continue a new routine for at least this time to ensure you are giving your products a true chance to work their ‘magic’.

Now this ‘magic’ within our skincare products ranges from the good, the bad and the ugly. 80% of skincare products are effectively absorbed by our skin; the dangerous part about this is that a lot of our products are full of harmful toxins and chemicals that shouldn’t be anywhere near our skin.

MAKE THE CHOICE!

Choose sustainable palm oil:
Palm oil is a commonly used ingredient in most households; margarines, biscuits, cereals, instant noodles, candles, lipsticks, ice-creams, chocolates….the list goes on. It is estimated that over half of packaged products in modern supermarkets have palm oil in them and the use of palm oil is increasing as other nations become more affluent and accepting of westernised products.

To obtain the palm oil, widespread deforestation is taking place worldwide and has pushed many species such as elephants, rhinos, tigers and orang-utans to the point of extinction.

It’s important to choose products that indicate they use and support sustainable palm oil.

Choose certified organic:
Look for labels that state ‘certified organic’. (Please see photo below for example). Organic products have become very ‘on trend’ these days and unless the product states it is certified, you really can’t be sure what it is you’re buying. Don’t be ripped off and read your labels and shop at stores you trust are selling you quality organic products.

organic certifications

Choose Cruelty Free:
In 2004, Australia was responsible for nearly 6.5 million animals being used for research and testing. Dogs, Rabbits, Mice and other animals were all exposed to toxic tests including lengthy exposure to chemicals and substances to see how much they could sustain before it killed them; other tests caused ulcers, severe burns, long-lasting pain and swelling.

Make your choice count – with your wallet. Do some research and make the swap to companies and products who support cruelty free. The internet is a great source of knowledge and information and www.choosecrueltyfree.org.au is a great place to start.

READ THE LABEL – INGREDIENTS TO AVOID!

Sulphates:
Sulphates are added to our commonly used products such as shampoos, toothpastes, make-up, handwash products and a range of other well-known household items. Most commonly, they can be identified in products that ‘foam’ up and assist in mixing water and oil based products to stop them separating.

Sulphates are known to cause irritation to the skin, hair and eyes and also internal organs. Links have also been found to cancers and other serious health complications.

What to look out for on the label:
Referred to as SLS (Sulphate); SLES (Sodium Laureth Sulfate); ALS (Ammonium Laurel Sulfate); TEA Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfate.

Parabens:
Parabens are a form of preservative commonly found in medicine, food and beauty products. Parabens are found to be endocrine disruptors, mimicking estrogen in the body and linked to tumour growth in cancer patients.

What to look out for on the label:
Anything with the word Paraben in it; including Methylparabens, Propulara-bens; Ethylparabens and Butylparabens.

Products derived from animals:
The worst of the worst. Includes hooves, boiled skin, bones, tendons and even crushed up beatles! The reasons for avoiding these are obvious – it’s disgusting, inhumane and something no one needs near their skin and organs.

What to look out for on the label:
Carmine, cochineal, carminic acid, casein, ca- seinate, sodium caseinate, cholesterol, collagen, elastin, gelatin (including vegetable-dervied), keratin, lanolin, lanolin acids, wool fat, wool wax, placenta, placenta polypeptides protein, stearic acid, urea, carbamid.

Petroleum based products:
Petroleum jelly, liquid paraffin and mineral oils are derived from your petrol tank! Yep, that’s right beauties, these products are made from the same thing that keeps your family’s car on the move! These products sit on top of the skin like a film and stop skin from breathing and blocks the skins natural barrier.

Artificial Fragrances:
An absolute chemical cocktail of nasties! Artificial fragrances can have up to 4000 ingredients in them; most of those ingredients are chemical based. If your favourite products contain fragrances, its time to make a change, particularly if numerous of your fave products all have fragrances, that’s a bunch of unnecessary chemicals being absorbed by your skin.

Polyethylene Glycol:
Used as both a solvent or emulsifier, Polyethylene Glycol contains many heavy metals including nickel, lead, cobalt, iron, arsenic and cadmium. These metals are linked with numerous health problems and should be avoided.

Hopefully this post has helped provide some more information for you to make informed choices when it comes to you and your families skincare, household & beauty products. I’d love to hear your thoughts & what products you’ve swapped out!

Big love, Aimee  x

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