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Category: Beauty

The 8 Worst of the Worst Skincare & Beauty Toxins

Did you know that over 10 250 known industrial chemicals are used in beauty products, including carcinogens, pesticides, reproductive toxins & hormone disruptors? Chemicals like plasticisers that keep concrete soft, surfactants that reduce tension in paint & degreasers that remove grime from car parts are found in your beauty products! Scary huh?

So what can we do about it?

Head to the bathroom & pull out all your hair, face, skin, body, & makeup products & scrutinise all the ingredients – look out for these eight commonly found toxic chemicals – & throw them out!

1. Mineral Oil
She is also known as petroleum, paraffin oil, liquid, or white mineral oil. Used in shampoos, cleansers, body lotions, lipsticks & foundations, and mineral oils will not only cause skin irritations but are contaminated with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, which cause cancer.

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Beauty Without Bunnies

As the market for natural skincare skyrockets with hundreds of new products now available, how do you know you are choosing the most ethical brands? Many reputable companies are forthcoming about ingredients and certification but many aren’t so honest when it comes to cruelty free products.

Even in 2018, many well-known and house hold name brands still perform testing on animals – Johnson & Johnson, Revlon, Pantene, Maybelline, Estee Lauder, Clinique, Jo Malone, Bobby Brown, MAC Cosmetics – the list is endless. These companies have poor ethics when it comes to animal testing with some making no effort to change their policies, preferring to overlook animal welfare in exchange for bigger profits.

Unfortunately, it is also big business providing animals to companies to test their products. Many breeds of animals are reared and/or genetically modified for the specific aim of shipping off to laboratories to conduct safety experiments. This raises the question as to what ingredients are these brands putting into their skincare products that need such ‘safety’ testing? If the ingredients are not safe, why are they being added and why would we want to put them on our skin?

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How Green Is Your Beauty?

The Zero Waste movement has gained much momentum with many people switching to sustainable and eco friendly practices. So what IS Zero Waste?

It’s where we reduce what we need, reuse as much as we can, send little to be recycled and compost what we cannot with the aim to send nothing to landfill. Going Zero Waste will help reduce the environmental threat to our planet plus save us money in the long term. But have you ever thought about the impact your beauty products are having on the earth?

If you love to pamper your skin why not pamper the planet at the same time by taking a little bit of time to choose beauty products that will help your skin and save our planet! Here’s how:

1. Look for organic certification from the world’s leading organic certification bodies who have a global organic and natural cosmetics standard otherwise known as COSMO – a product may claim its organic or natural so look for products certified by BDHI (Germany), Cosmebio (France), Ecocert (France, ICEA (Italy), Soil Association (UK) and ACO (Australia) to be certain. (Check out Zk’in Skin Care range which is COSMO Certified)

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