This month I have been lucky enough to collab with Emmily Banks. Here is an epic guide on all thing's natural beauty.
FACT: The average person applies a minimum of 10 products to their skin daily and absorbs around 130 chemicals through their bloodstream.
So here’s the lowdown:
That gorgeous skin you’re wrapped in is your largest organ.
Your skin absorbs up to 60% of the ingredients you place on it.
Within as little 26 seconds these ingredients are swimming around your bloodstream.
Everything your body absorbs and digests, impacts the way your body functions and feels, i.e. your health and wellness!
Many of the toxic ingredients found in mainstream beauty products can be directly linked to:
skin conditions and irritations;
impaired liver and other vital organ function; and
tumors and cancers
Here’s A Few Great Reasons To Make The Switch:
1. HEALTH + WELLNESS
Health and wellness is arguably our greatest asset. If we really want to be feeling and functioning our very best we need to care of ourselves from the inside out AND the outside in. This means being mindful of what we put ON our bodies, as well as in them.
2. ANIMAL CRUELTY
Would you still happily lather on that anti-aging night cream if you knew it’s testing process was sending bunnies blind? Shockingly, there are still many large cosmetic companies that partake in the inhumane practice of animal testing. We can make a conscious decision not to support these practices by choosing cruelty free whenever
By choosing natural products we’re reducing the demand for the production of toxic chemicals. This means less harmful residue is being disposed into waterways and landfill, cutting down the circulation of toxins in our precious ecosystem. Meaning cleaner air and water for us and the generations to come! Win, right?!
Ready To Get Started? Here’s Some Hot Tips To Get You On Your Way…
TIP #1 - Know Your Ingredients.
It’s time to start flipping over that pretty packaging and familiarise yourself with all those big words you can’t pronounce, ie. TOXINS! Check out the Think Dirty App! Simply download this baby and start scanning. Think Dirty will give products a rating from 1 to 10 based on carcinogenicity, developmental and reproductive toxicity and allergies and immunotoxicity. There’s also a full breakdown of the ingredients with their use and health impacts if you want to dive deeper!
TIP #2 - Don’t put anything ON your skin that you wouldn’t put IN your mouth.
When we apply nasty chemicals to our skin it’s actually more harmful than swallowing them. Toxins being absorbed directly through the skin are skipping the all important digestion process which aids in filtering out some of the nasties before they hit the bloodstream. So, if you wouldn’t eat it, don’t even think about applying it to that beautiful sponge like layer we call ‘skin’.
TIP #3 - Explore the alternatives.
The natural beauty industry has come a long way over the past few years and there’s no reason we shouldn’t be using nourishing, natural, organic, ethical and cruelty free products, for our health and the health of the planet! We are totally spoilt for choice when it comes to natural and organic products that are effective, affordable and accessible.
TIP #4 - Replace old nasties for new naturals.
This can be a little overwhelming so do it gradually, a few products at a time. As one runs out, replace it with a healthier alternative and little by little you can start building up a new collection of beautiful, natural and nourishing beauty and personal care products.
FIVE OF OUR FAVOURITE NATURAL BEAUTY MUST-HAVES
Mukti Organics Balancing Foaming Cleanser + Vital C Elixir
Isabelle's favourite skincare brand made using bioactive native Australian ingredients.
Vegan. Nut, gluten and palm oil free.
Even's skin tone, diminish discolouration
Soothe and hydrate
Minimise sunspots and freckles
Inika BB Cream
Inika's BB Cream is:
and performs like a
Yep, all in one! This product gives great lightweight to medium coverage and blends into the skin flawlessly using a foundation brush (or we just use our fingers too).
Edible Beauty Coco Bliss Intensive Repair Mark
This luxuriating mask doubles as a night cream, featuring some favourite nourishing and hydrating ingredients like:
We love Edible Beauty as their products are all made in Australia, Vegan and sustainably packaged.
Lily Lolo Sculpt and Glow Contour Duo
Beautifully compact and a two-in-one (meaning you get more for less!) - this duo acts as a bronzer AND highlighter, super easy for contouring and touch ups on the run.
Perfect on all skin tones, and featuring ingredient favs like Argan oil and Pomegranate Seed Oil for that lasting luminescent glow:
Ere Perez Cheek and Lip Tint
Our favourite cream blush for pigment and longevity!
Multitasking balm that acts as a lipstick and blush
Contains avocado and olive oil to nourish the lips
Vitamin E and Candelilla wax to moisturise
This mineral enriched formula doesn’t clump or bleed, is cruelty free and won’t irritate sensitive eyes!
NO harsh synthetic ingredients
NO animal-derived ingredients (Certified Vegan)
Conditioning ingredients to boost lash vitality and health (Vitamin E, Magnolia Bark Extract, Sunflower Oil)
For a more of our FAVOURITE au-naturale products, trialled and tested by the Depths of Beauty team - so you KNOW they are 100% natural, organic, cruelty free and ALL of the goods when it comes to value and performance, check out our natural and organic beauty basics here.
Emmily Banks is Australia’s leading natural makeup artist, eco beauty advocate and founder of Depths of Beauty. Emmily is passionate about sharing the importance of non-toxic beauty to inspire healthy and positive change for people and the planet. She is on a mission to help others discover conscious beauty and authentic wellbeing from the inside out.