Are you the kind of person who likes to explore different skin products, unaware of the risks? Of course, we all know it is human nature to be drawn to all things shiny, new and nicely wrapped with an alluring out-of-this-world fragrance, or the premise that it is the next ‘must have’ thing. We have to at least keep up with the Joneses, but most of us would rather be the trendsetter than the follower. We are all culprits of this common human error, but didn’t your mother always tell you not to judge a book by its cover? Looks can be deceiving; it is very easy to forget that beauty products are not always made in an entirely ethical fashion or made with you, the consumer, in mind.
Be aware of what you put on your skin. Knowledge is powerful. It is time to update your knowledge of cosmetics and reading the label is one of the most fundamental aspects of your “cosmetic education”. Just think for a moment about what your daily skincare regime involves and make a list of each product you use, from shampoo, soap, lotion and toothpaste to makeup, deodorant and hairspray. The list is probably longer then you had imagined. Remember 64% of what we apply to our skin is absorbed into our bloodstream, and a shocking 80% of ingredients used in our daily skin care routines have never been tested for safety – scary thought isn’t it? We should be more pro-active and careful in choosing which skin care products to use.
When reading the ingredients, the actual order of ingredients is crucial as the higher the quantity of the component, the higher it is on the list. So if you see a product that goes on and on about the wonders of Aloe Vera and how great it is for your skin, have a little glance at where it is placed on the list.
If the product contains Aloe Vera, it should be one of the initial ingredients, however you may actually begin to notice that on some product labels the so called ‘main ingredient’ falls far down the end of the list meaning that there is probably only a tiny percentage of it used, so is your skin reaping any of the benefits from this wonder plant at all? In natural products, the active component is what makes the product. TanOrganic’s Original self-tan is 84% Aloe Vera based, so this is the products natural component as Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice is number one on its ingredients list.
To ensure you’re getting the most out of your product, look for ones that are naturally derived or are essential oil blends. Organic ingredients are defined as natural, plant based extracts produced from farms. Watch out for a certification stamp if a product claims to be natural or organic. For instance, TanOrganic is the world’s first Eco-certified tanning brand.
The Eco-certified natural and organic seal requires a minimum of 95% natural ingredients in the finished product with at least 10% originated from organic farming.
You now know that it doesn’t matter how much a brand waxes on in a poetic manner about their adoration for the earth and all its natural ingredients. This can sometimes be a veil to mask those villainous beauty sins hidden inside their beauty products, and can often be used purely as a marketing gimmick. When you really think about it, it’s not just your skin you are harming. For instance, if you use toxic products in the bathtub, it goes down your drainpipes and therefore into the earth creating a viscous toxic cycle.
Do you look at the ingredients at the back of the bottle?