Exploitation has corrupted the beauty industry for years. Controversial animal testing, unfair wages, and high carbon footprint have all fueled the industry’s spark to change.
Ethical skincare holds the producer up above the product itself. It makes sure that fair wages are paid, and no one (animals included) is harmed in the process. Moving away from traditional products and embracing the future all at once.
Organic and cruelty-free have become the core banner of conscious beauty. Here are our top tips for keeping your skincare ethical:
Why choose organic?
Organic products are a fail-safe way of avoiding harsh, artificial chemicals. Naturally sourced and with the environment in mind, organic products are more likely to be sustainable and more beneficial to your skin to boot.
What’s more, going organic doesn’t mean you are compromising on quality. If anything, you are investing in products that will improve your skin’s appearance. You will notice fewer breakouts or irritation, less redness and fewer lines or wrinkles.
Then there’s palm oil. Although naturally derived and used as a base for many skincare products, it is incredibly unsustainable.
As manufacturers have fought over palm oil, mass deforestation, and serious violation of human rights have taken place over the years. Villages, tribes and cultures have been stripped away, all in the pursuit of palm oil.
Make sure to look out for brands committed to sourcing certified palm oil, or even better, are entirely palm oil-free.
Higher nutrient levels
The beauty of ethical skincare is that it uses organically grown ingredients that often have higher nutrient levels. Long term harm to your body is avoided, as harmful chemical residues aren’t there in the first place!
Instead, you are using pesticide, paraben and synthetic-free products that enhance your skin without the consequences.
Reflective of Mother Nature’s bounty, you can rely on anti-inflammatories like horse chestnut and essential vitamins like C and E to moisturise and encourage collagen production. Reconnecting with nature all while reducing the damaging effects on the environment and yourself.
Powerful natural ingredients to keep in mind:
- Vitamin C: an antioxidant, anti-pigment and photoprotective ingredient that will promote elastin and collagen production. Perfect if you want firmer, smoother and more resilient skin
- Vitamin A: otherwise known as retinol – the key to speeding up skin cell turnover and thickening your dermis! In short, plumper, younger-looking skin and a brighter, more glowing complexion
- Vitamin B3: otherwise known as Niacinamide, helps to redefine skin texture prevents hyper-pigmentation
- Vitamin B12: an unsung hero, vitamin B12 boosts metabolism in your skin cells and speeds up cell recovery and regeneration
- Other superstars: arnica, allantoin, calendula, ginger, ivy
Complex ingredient lists are often signs that the product you have in your hand is full of toxins. So, stick to ethical brands to avoid long-lasting effects on your health and wellbeing.
The true meaning of cruelty-free
Despite significant changes in the use of animal testing for cosmetics in the last decade,
80% of the world still permits animal testing for cosmetics, including most of the USA. So unless the Cruelty-Free logo is present, the product has likely been created after vigorous animal testing.
Companies that rely on animal testing to ensure their products’ safety are not bound by the legislation we have in the UK. Instead, animals are used to assess new ingredients’ safety, which are usually found on that complex ingredient list we mentioned above.
Cruelty-free products are just that – completely cruelty-free. They haven’t been tested on animals and only use safe ingredients that will not harm the user.
It goes without saying that any product that holds a “vegan-friendly” label will have conscious beauty at the centre of the whole production process. Everything from honey to glycerin and animal-derived ingredients will certainly not feature!
Beauty doesn’t have to come with a cost. With that in mind, our health and beauty routines should reflect who you are as an individual. From the shampoo you use every day to the moisturiser that is absorbed into your skin, your choices shape your relationship with conscious beauty.
Knowing what is in the skincare products you use is the first step towards ethical skincare as a whole. It also allows you to make more informed choices about what you are letting into your body. Beauty is skin deep, after all.
Not only will adopting ethical skincare into your daily routine transform your skin, but it will also send the beauty industry a message. Are you ready to embrace conscious beauty?