I'm a total sucker for beauty products. In another life (or a few short years ago), my purchasing habits were dictated by a combination of pretty colours and smells, clever marketing and whatever brand was hip and cool - I was a shameless product junkie, and my bathroom cupboard was as well stocked as a cosmetic store.
As I began to take a keen interest in health, my taste in products began to change too. Surely what I putting onto my skin was also important as to what I was putting within my body? The last straw came after suffering a terrible reaction to a high-end super artificial skincare product, which left my skin both hypersensitive and photosensitive. For a while I couldn’t go into sunlight without erupting in a facial rash – I hate to think of my vitamin D levels at the time. A sales friend later confessed they used to use the product-in-question to wipe down their in-store beauty counter at the end of the day as the alcohol content was so strong it was practically a disinfectant *cringe*. It was a total “aha” moment - I take so much consideration around what I eat, surely what I'm putting onto my skin should matter too?
Fast forward, I've made a total switch to natural or organic products over the last few years– its become one of those non-negotiable things. My beauty cabinet now compliments how I approach diet and food - as natural as possible. This sits better with me, and in all honesty my skins never been better.
With this in mind I'm excited to have amazing Ashleigh Scott, holistic facialist, owner of Tribeca skin tonics and skin guru, sharing her expert advice on beauty from the outside in. To compliment this I have guest blogged over on her blog talking beauty from the inside out - click here to read my post. Over to Ashleigh...
Why Natural Products are Important for Skin Health
The cosmetic industry is a confusing one. Turn over the back of your cleanser and check out that ingredient list. Often upward of 10 ingredients listed, many of which you can’t even pronounce.
Now this is changing a lot more, with a wider variety of organic and natural ranges available. But there is still a grey area. What chemicals are ok? Are they all created equal? And what must you truly avoid when it comes to skincare.
As a general rule, what you can’t pronounce you shouldn’t use. Think about your food – would you happily consume food where the packets lists numerous unknown ingredients, or do you prefer to go for the ‘whole food’ options? Your skincare needs to be tackled in exactly the same way. Whilst we are not ingesting the products, we’re silly to think that they’re not actually being absorbed. You only have to look at how nicotine patches work to realize that what we apply to our skin is absorbed into our blood stream.
When it comes to your skin, its important to avoid skincare containing the following ingredients: emulsifiers, fragrance, colours, preservatives, silicones and mineral oils. These will not only serve no positive purpose to your skin, but they will irritate and actually cause more damage than good.
Granted not all chemicals are created equal – and a lot are vital for the cosmetic makeup of skincare, however we do prefer a more natural approach. Have you ever noticed how the skin on the inside of your arm or stomach is smooth, un-irritated and clear? Think about the amount of products you apply to these areas compared to your face. You only have to look at that to realise the damage that a lot of these products are doing to your skin. Often the more we do to our skin the worse it becomes! This is crazy considering the amount of money people spend on cosmetics to try and make their skin look better.
With that said, the use of organic plant based ingredients can support the natural structure of the skin and maintain a healthy, glowing skin long term. We love oils and Tribeca is founded on the principles of using good quality plant oils to care for the skin. We urge you to take things back to basics. Cull that cupboard full of skincare that can be doing more harm than good, and focus on feeding your skin. Remember your skin is perfectly capable of functioning normally on its own. Skincare is there to support this and keep it in optimal condition.
Ashleigh Scott – owner of the holistic facial clinic Ashleigh Scott in Auckland City and founder of Tribeca Skin Tonics – an artisanal skincare range of hand-blended, organic oils. Ashleigh has a passion for holistic skin health and educating people on how to achieve great skin – without the use of harsh products or invasive treatments. Visit www.tribecaskin.co.nz for more information or follow them on Facebook and Instagram @tribeca_skintonics for more holistic skin advice.