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Using only the good stuff


You might think that what goes on your skin, stays on your skin. But it doesn’t, some of it may actually end up in your bloodstream,  what you put on your body and your face is important. The question you may want to ask yourself when choosing beauty and skincare products is: would I be happy eating this? It may seem like a strange question, but when you realise that women can expect to ingest over 2kg of lipstick in their lippie-wearing lifetime (seriously!), you’ll realise it’s worth considering.

How beauty products work

To really make a difference to your skin, beauty products really do need to be more than skin deep.  Depending on the product you are using, you may want to think twice about the the ingredients within. For example, a body lotion or sunscreen covering your entire body and left on the skin for hours will allow its ingredients far longer to penetrate the skin, whereas a handwash isn’t in contact with the skin for so long. This may mean that what you put on your skin ends up in your blood stream and your vital organs. Studies have found toxic chemicals in the umbilical cord blood of newborn babies. In the studies, they screened for more than 400 chemicals and an astounding 287 toxins were detected! So, if you don’t want potentially toxic substances lining your lungs and littering your liver, it pays to start reading the labels and understand exactly what you might be slathering on – and in – your body.

  Key things you want to avoid include;

  • Parabens (often used as a preservative)
  • Petroleum or derivatives of such as Propylene Glycol or PEGs
  • DEA, TEA and MEA
  • Formaldehyde
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (mostly used as a foaming agent)
  • Fragrance
  • Phthalates

Choosing products that I know are safe for my clients

I’ve been in this profession for a long time, and one of the things I most enjoy is sourcing the very best products for my clients, and staying on top of the latest research so I can be sure I’m bringing the latest and best products to you. And I wouldn’t dream of recommending products I haven’t tried and test myself.  

As most of you will know by now, the reason I’m such a fan of Arbonne products is because of the brand’s commitment to screening what it puts into the products. Over 2,000 ingredients are on the ‘Not Allowed’ list and, sadly – given what it says about the ingredients that are used in other products out there –  that list continues to grow. Arbonne states: “We’ve been on our green journey since 1980 and always will be. From botanically based ingredients to forward looking green improvements, being earth friendly has everything to do with who we are and how we choose to grow.” I’m happy to go on that green journey with them – and to encourage my clients to go on it, too – because its products work.


Top beauty products that are as good as they look

  • Arbonne’s Smoothed Over lipsticks  contain no parabens or gluten and are vegan-friendly. They combine all the moisturising abilities you’d expect of a balm with a vibrant range of colours, plus they have excellent staying power – what’s not to love?
  • Body butter  - if you’re going to slather something head to toe, you want to know it doesn’t come at an unforeseen cost. Arbonne’s sustainable shea butter is harvested with fair trade principles, contains Vitamins A, E and F, and a mix of botanical oils and richly moisturises without leaving your skin feeling greasy.
  • RE9 Advanced Prepwork Micellar Water  – as a concept this revolutionised how we take our makeup off at the end of the day, but this magic take-everything-off lotion generally comes with a whole cauldron of ingredients to make it effective. The beauty of Arbonne’s own take on this new beauty must-have is that is it just as efficient, but has no nasties and so is kind to you inside and out. And as it means fewer wipes going into landfill, it’s doubly good for the planet.

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