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Breaking Beauty Industry Myths

Today I’m taking a little break and handing over to  Emily Waddell, an advocate of simple and natural beauty.   We’ve all read the beauty magazines touting expensive chemical filled lotions and potions with fancy scientific names, and seen celebrities endorsing 10-step skincare routines, but are these things necessary for good skin, or are there other more environmentally friendly (and purse friendly) solutions?  Questioning some long standing beauty industry beliefs, Emily seeks to separate fact from fiction:

Don’t you just hate your skin sometimes?

You’re getting ready to go out on a date and bam, your skin decides that your acne from when you were fourteen was your best look. It’s your best friend’s wedding and bam, your skin is so oily your face looks like you’re working on a tan in Miami rather than being in a cold church in Sussex.  Sometimes your skin can be nice to you and you attribute it to your new skincare routine, or that £50 moisturiser you just bought, but how much of what you’re doing is helping your skin?  Are you actually hurting it and the environment?  Let’s look and see if we can separate beauty industry fact from fiction:

facial cleansing wipes bad for your skin

Myth or Fact One: Face wipes are okay as long as you use gentle/sensitive ones.

Face wipes are the lazy girls make-up remover.

I am 100% one of those girls.  There is nothing less appealing than coming home from a night of drinking and staring in the mirror at your blurry face and attempting to take your make-up off with a cleanser.  Grabbing a face wipe and preforming a circular motion and then immediately crawling into bed seems like a much easier and better option.

Unfortunately face wipes are awful for your skin, even the gentle ones. Face wipes contain very harsh chemicals that dry out your skin. Even the gentle ones shouldn’t be used around the sensitive eye area.   They’re also terrible for the environment as they contribute to landfill.  Lazy girls of the world, dump the face wipes and buy a cleanser and a flannel: your skin and the environment will thank you.  If you are a crocheter, you can even whip up your own reusable make-up remover pads that you can just pop in the washing machine when you’re done.

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Myth or Fact Two: You need to buy a whole range of facial skincare products for your skin to look it’s best.

Have you ever gone round a friend’s house and wanted to steal everything in their bathroom?

They have so many beautiful looking creams and potions you just want to ignore the dinner party and jump in the bath and use them all.  Then you look closer and realise that they’re all for their face.  Really?  This is just for you face?   A skincare routine should consist of two or three steps maximum, and that’s only if you have particularly problem skin.

Don’t spend your entire life in the bathroom.  As well as wasting time and money, you’re probably harming your skin using so many different products.  Pick one or two products that make your face look glorious and leave it alone!  Napiers skin care range includes natural based products that can be used for face and body and are my personal preference for glowy skin.  Keep it simple folks.

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Myth or Fact: Expensive is best

We know that beauty products can get ridiculously crazy expensive but it seems that some organic and natural beauty brands have cottoned on to the fact that buyers are willing to pay big bucks to go au naturale too.

Some people who tout the benefits of ‘natural beauty’ will never admit the price of some of their skin care products.  They don’t use the obviously expensive brands like Chanel, but instead the ones that chant the cause of a natural beauty regime.  This makes it okay to spend £60 on a facial scrub because it has beeswax in it.  “It’s natural!” they scream at me as they defend the price of the whole beeswax set they’ve just bought, not knowing that they are probably just smearing over-priced honey on their face, or paying big bucks just for fancy packaging.  Don’t feel the need to spend an awful lot of money on fancily packaged natural skincare products; the whole idea of them is that they are simple with little ingredients and in recyclable packaging.

What do you think?  Do you think expensive is best, or that you need several lotions and cleansers and toners for your skin to look it’s best?  Or do you agree with Emily?  And have we missed anything out?  Do share your thoughts in the comments section below.


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Health & Beauty, Life & Style

Eco Friendly Sunscreen Round Up

eco friendly sunscreen

 eco-friendly sunscreen

I’ve got holidays on my mind over here, thanks to a weekend of glorious sunshine, so today I thought I’d share some skin-friendly paraben free eco friendly sunscreen on the blog today.

Unfortunately, even in the eco-friendly market, not all sunscreens are equal.  Be wary of brands that say they offer “complete protection” without any further detail – this is  to get round marketing regulations.  Instead look for ones that specifically say that they give both UVA and UVB protection.

Also be wary of sunscreens saying they offer protection above SPF 50, as there is no evidence anything above SPF 50 offers increased protection.  This also fools you into thinking you can reapply less – you still have to reapply the cream every couple of hours regardless of the SPF.

To help you through this minefield I’ve done some research and came up with a few reliable eco friendly sunscreen brands, offering a good SPF, and with both UVA and UVB protection, that are safe for all of the family to use:

Eco Friendly Sunscreen Recommendations:

Badger SPF 30 Sunscreen

Badger Sunscreen is one of the best eco friendly sunscreens on the market, offering a sun protection factor of 30, and protection from both UVA and UVB rays.  It’s 100% chemical free, contains 87% certified organic ingredients, and is hypoallergenic – making it safe for every member of the family, even little ones.

If you’re planning on snorkeling or diving in coral reefs or other environmentally sensitive ecosystems, then it’s a great choice as it’s completely biodegradable and  won’t cause any harm to the reefs or waterways.  And for the final thumbs up, it’s not tested on animals, although it’s not vegan as it contains beeswax.

The downside is it is not readily available in the UK, however I’ve tracked it down on Amazon for £17.20

* for a handbag sized 87 ml.

Green People SPF 30 Sunscreen

Free from parabens, alcohol, Lanolin, phthalates, artificial perfumes, petrochemicals and colourants, Green People’s* 78% certified organic eco-friendly sunscreen packs great protection from UVA and UVB rays.  I’m not certain if it’s reef-safe however: it’s worth checking with Green People.

It’s suitable for the most sensitive of skin, even babies, and rubs in really well.  It’s not vegan however, due to inclusion of beeswax.

Available with free delivery from Green People for £22*  for 200 ml, a great size for holidays.

Jāsön Sun Family Sunscreen SPF 45

Free from parabens and SLS, the Jāsön eco-friendly sunscreen offers a hefty SPF45 protection from both UVA and UVB rays, making it great for all of the family.  It’s gentle and non-irritant and rubs in well.  It’s not tested on animals and vegan friendly, but not reef-safe.

It’s available from Holland & Barrett for £11.99* for 113 g, making it budget friendly, and a handy size for carrying around in your bag.  It’s often on offer at Holland & Barrett: when I picked up my tube it was 25% off, but at time of writing it’s currently buy one get one half price, so it’s worth checking out what the current offers are.

 If you’re after a reef-safe sunscreen then try the Jāsön Mineral SPF30 sunblock, which is £11.80 from Look Fantastic.

Invisible Zinc SPF 30 Sunscreen

Invisible Zinc is apparently the eco-friendly sunscreen choice of celebrities, from Elle MacPherson, Nicole Kidman,  to Cate Blanchett – all fair-skinned beauties.

Invisible Zinc is a light and non-greasy eco-friendly natural sunscreen offering very high UVA and UVB protection.  Unlike other creams, Invisible Zinc provides a physical (not chemical) barrier between you and the sun using only one active ingredient: Zinc-Oxide.  Zinc Oxide is a mineral reflector found in nature, which creates a reflective barrier on the surface of your skin.

As it’s low on ingredients it’s suitable for use on all skin types, and the good news is Invisible Zinc is also vegan friendly, and not tested on animals.  I’m not sure how it fares in sensitive waterways.  I would imagine it would be ok but it’s best to contact the manufacturer for verification.

UPDATED May 2017 – Invisible Zinc was available in the UK through Cult Beauty but they have stopped stocking it.  Selfridges stock it, but isn’t available to purchase online.  It’s also available on Amazon* for £17.32 but shipping is quite pricey (£8!) 

Have you found any other eco friendly sunscreen brands you love?  Do let me know in the comments!

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