The skin is our body’s largest organ – so it’s vital we take good care of it! In this week’s Beauty Buzz column, makeup artist Anthony Adams teaches us what to look for when buying new skincare products.

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You may not be aware, but recently it was discovered that many of our favourite skincare products are exposed to testing on animals in an attempt to break the Chinese market. Why there are different standards in different countries I will never know.

I now have to say good bye to some of the products I have loved for years. Sure I love my skincare, but I’m not willing to let an animal suffer such cruelty to make me look a little younger.

There are still a plethora of companies that do not test on animals – meaning there are still a huge range of skincare products for you to choose from that are cruelty free. Many products now boast ingredients that are as natural as something you could make at home. The beauty of this is that we not only get to use something that is natural and gentle on our skin, but we can rest assured that no animal has been harmed in the making of these products.

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It’s important to be aware of the different types of chemicals that are often included in certain skincare products. Some products out there are literally just jars of chemicals waiting to invade your skin (and your immune system). I recommend you read the book Don’t Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me, by Paula Begoun. You will be shocked at the ingredients Paula’s group of experts find in our every day products.

Some of the ingredients found in skincare products are:

Araben, (also known as Methylparaben, IIsoparaben, Butylparaben and Propylparaben). Parabens are a class of chemicals widely used in the pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries. They can have an oestrogenic effect on the body, and high levels of this hormone may stimulate breast cancer.

Phthalates (Dibutylphthalate, DBP, DEP, also Butyl ester) are literally toxic, classed by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) as a “probable human carcinogen”. This assists the absorption of the product, making it sink into the skin quickly. Good quality skincare products should take a longer time to absorb.

I have compiled a small list of products and sorted them into two categories, one that is cruelty-free, the other certified organic. Take a look and do some research yourself to make sure you’re buying healthy skincare products. Or even take a look at my list next time you’re out shopping!

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Not tested on animals:

U Skin Solutions (a proud Adelaide brand!)
Aesop
Lush
Mum to be
Sukin Organics Pty Ltd

Certified Organic:

Origins
Vitale Organics
Eve Organics
Pure and Green
Kimi Organics

When shopping, ensure you read the ingredients list. Investigate online first and you will find most ingredient explanations listed. Stay away from products that have a long and complex list of ingredients.

So keep this in mind, as a fruitful life is what we all desire! Steering clear of things that can potentially damage our health can only do the best for us.

Remember, if you have any questions (beauty or skincare related), don’t hesitate to drop me a line at [email protected]

Until next time,

xx Ant