Skin is the largest organ in the human body and therefore what you put on your skin is just as important to your health as anything you are putting in your body. Your skin ultimately absorbs what you put on it so it makes no sense to load it full of the harsh chemicals and preservatives that you will find in many skincare lines. Anything that comes in contact with your skin may permeate through your pores and have an impact on your health.
With sooo many skincare brands out there toting radiant skin and transformative results, it’s hard to know where to start when making the best choice for not only your own health, but the welfare of the planet too. Below we’ve given you 4 key pointers to look out for when choosing your skincare…
There is a lot of injustice animals are subjected to when it comes to testing different skincare products. We recommend doing your homework around the production and testing practices of certain companies before purchasing their products. Protecting our animal friends is a great start to choosing the best skincare and a powerful way to be a voice for cruelty-free skincare products, as well as being an advocate for your own skin and overall health.
Choosing products that have the good old ‘Certified Organic’ label is key! Or if it does not quite meet the guidelines to gain this certification, read the ingredients label to make sure it is full of organic goodness, with most ingredients being of organic origin. If you stick to this rule, you can rest assured you will be purchasing pure, authentic and skin-nourishing products of the highest standard.
Skincare brands that have implemented a sustainable business model are very attractive if you’re looking for skincare that’s as good for the environment as it is for yourself. Companies that have full control over their entire manufacturing process are most responsible and sustainable, providing amazing benefits to global community, employees and the environment. Under this umbrella comes the use of recyclable packaging! Always opt for companies that use biodegradable or recyclable packaging with strong policies in place for recycling practices.
Here in New Zealand, we are lucky to have the beautiful Essano beauty brand available to us. With carefully selected plant-based, natural ingredients, as well as ethical and socially responsible practices, Essano can be trusted to bring you a range of beautiful, natural beauty products. We are huge fans!
Free of Parabens & Silicones
As ‘natural’ as possible is always the way to go! Many studies have shown the potentially harmful effects of large amounts of parabens and silicones on hormone imbalances and even cancer. Avoiding these compounds in your skincare is a great way to stay in prime health as they may get into your bloodstream and cause an utter riot.
You can learn more about Essano and their practices here. What’s your favourite natural & ethical skincare brand? We’d love to know in the comments below xo