As we grow and change, the interest in and use of cosmetics develops, and while many select products based on their product claims of “anti-ageing” or “skin brightening”, some are drawn in by the wizardry of marketing – “a blush pink label!? That will go perfectly with my bathroom tiles!” or “$5 serum?!?! Give me 3 of those!”. But have you ever thought about what chemicals many of these alluring products contain?  

 

What’s so great about natural skincare? 

 

What goes onto the skin, also goes into the skin
Did you know that your skin is the largest organ of your body? It’s also very porous and can absorb up to 64% of whatever you put on it. Given that topical skincare products can be absorbed by the body, we really should think twice about what is actually inside the products we are applying. 

Greater for the environment
The manufacture of natural skincare products has a lot less of an impact on our environment than chemical based products. Chemicals and toxins enter the air and water systems during production and through our own personal use. These harmful ingredients can end up in our soil and waterways, and contribute to the detriment of healthy microorganisms and potentially, our marine life. The passion of manufacturers of natural skincare typically extends into packaging also. Opting to use sustainable packaging which is reusable or recyclable. If you are keen to explore more sustainable, and conscious living, natural skincare can be a good step to take!

Reduces the detoxification
One of the amazing functions of our skin is to expel toxins and nasty chemicals – our own personal elimination system. Which is why we have over one million sweat glands on our body. Contaminants enter our bodies via the air we breathe, the foods and drinks we consume, and through our skin – if we can reduce this exposure, why wouldn’t we?

Kinder to our skin
The skincare market includes many products that are packed with inexpensive synthetic ingredients which can trigger free radicals. These free radicals can wreak havoc on your skin, and long term use can surprisingly accelerate the signs of aging. Natural products are designed to effectively nourish and protect your skin, in the short term

 

what are these toxic ingredients my family should be avoiding?

 

A few no-go ingredients that we steer clear of include:

Parabens
Parabens are a group of ingredients used as a preservative to increase skincare product shelf life. They have been flagged as “nasty” as it is believed they trigger oestrogen disrupting hormones and have links to cancer.

SLS
Sodium Lauryl Sulphate is an ingredient that allows products to foam and lather (think of shampoo), and is used to help remove oils on the skin. We avoid SLS’s as they can strip the skin causing dryness and subsequent skin issues as a result.

Triclosan
Triclosan is an ingredient commonly used in antibacterial or antifungal claiming cosmetics. Linked to adverse health effects and is terrible for the environment. 

Oxybenzone
Oxybenzone is an ingredient commonly found in sunscreen. Unfortunately studies have suggested that Oxybenzone can cause skin allergies and works as a UV absorber meaning it actually takes in the rays instead of repel. Oxybenzone is also harmful to coral reefs.

Petrochemicals
Petrochemicals are ingredients derived from petroleum! Many skincare manufacturers include them as they moisturise the skin and deliver product smoothly and evenly across the skin. In their promise of hydration, they create a barrier on the skin which can trap dirt and oil, clogging pores and interfere with the skin’s natural ability to perspire. 

Artificial fragrances
Artificial or synthetic fragrances are often derived from Petroleum or Crude Oil, so as you can imagine, they can cause skin allergies such as psoriasis, eczema, and asthma. Artificial fragrances have also been linked to birth defects, cancer and nervous-system disorders. With the availability of natural plant extracts and essential oils, there is absolutely no need for artificial fragrance use in cosmetics. 

Natural skincare can be defined as products that are formulated using naturally derived chemical free ingredients such as herbs, flowers and plants (roots, essential oils and extracts), combined with naturally occurring carrier, surface active and moisturising agents, emulsifiers and preservatives. Think plant derived, nothing artificial or toxic.

 

What are some favourite natural, hero ingredients you use in your skincare formulations?

 

Kakadu Plum
An Australian native extract, very high concentration of Vitamin C (the highest of any single natural food source in the world). Kakadu Plum is hydrating, antibacterial, and packed with vitamins and minerals that reduce the likelihood of blemishes. 

Aloe Vera
Is known for its healing and soothing abilities. A great ingredient for sensitive skin, but wonderful also for those with inflamed and irritated skin. 

Quandang
Also known as the Australian Native Peach, offers a rich source of Vitamin E. It exfoliates, hydrates and reduces inflammation.

Native Snowflower
Reduces pigmentation and promotes brightness of the skin. Native Snowflower is an antioxidant and is anti-inflammatory.

White Willow Bark
Is a natural alternative to salicylic acid which clears pores, exfoliates and removes dead skin cells from the skin. A wonderful addition for those who have oily or problematic skin. 

Niacinamide
High in Vitamin B3, Niacinamide reduces redness and pigmentation in the skin. It also balances oil flow and evens skin tone. 

It’s Clancy Yo! is committed to using 100% natural ingredients which are safe and effective for young, delicate and sometimes sensitive skin. If it’s good enough for our family, it’s good enough for yours. 

Any questions? Flick us an email at hello@itsclancyyo.com.au.

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