Now, I’m not promising long-term solutions to actually stop the cause of oily skin. Oil (also known by fancy people as sebum) is produced by healthy skin as a barrier for protection – basically, to keep the greeblies out and moisture in. It’s part of your skin’s natural moisturising factor. In fact, as we age, oil-production dramatically slows to a point where most of us develop dry skin – a lack of natural oil – and that’s not a good thing! But oily skin can be a real pain. Not only can excess oil contribute to acne and blackheads, that oil-slick shine isn’t cute when you’re striving to look effortlessly well-groomed. It’s hard to look ‘effortless’ when your shiny face makes it look like you’ve been slogging over a hot stove and are ready for a shower…in the middle of the day. So here are my fave ways to control and manage excess oil. • Avoid products where alcohol (Alcohol, alcohol denat., SD alcohol, Ethanol or Isopropyl alcohol) is listed in the first few lines of ingredients. First of all, SO MANY anti-acne and oil-controlling products use large amounts of alcohol to eliminate oil from the surface of the skin […]Read More
Walking past the pharmacy in Tauranga Hospital, I was (rather easily) enticed off my path and into the store when I noticed the pretty stand of NATIO cosmetics. A relatively new brand, NATIO is a reasonably priced “bridge-brand”; designed to fill the gap between supermarket and department store brands. Natio’s tagline is “Natural Australian Beauty”, although in the FAQ on their website you can read the following: Q: Are Natio products 100% natural? A: Natio creates skincare and cosmetics that combine the best of nature and science. We use botanical extracts instead of mineral oils, and pure essential oils to fragrance the products. We also avoid animal testing and ingredients derived from animals. However, we do use the best compounded stabilizers to ensure that our products reaches you without contamination and remains pure until your very last drop. In other words, the answer is ‘no.’ But that’s OK! ‘Natural’ doesn’t equal ‘better’ or ‘safer’. So let’s see what stabilisers they are refering to here… What they refer to here as ‘stabilisers’ are chemical preservatives they use in their products, predominantly from the group of chemicals called parabens. Parabens have gotten a bad rap in recent years-but most of it without […]Read More
What is Vegan Makeup & Fashion? When I was at Vegan Vibes last week I discovered vegan fashion and I met Lillybeth Melmoth who explains to me what vegan makeup is! Posted by Amy Schaeffer on Monday, 2 October 2017 Video: From 1:38, Amy from ‘Becoming Plant Based’ spontaneously chatting with me about vegan and organic makeup at Vegan Vibes Mount Maunganui 2017 If you’re a vegan or want to avoid harming or involving animals in your makeup routine, here’s what to look for in your skincare and makeup purchases. There are oodles of great vegan products out there. While this article’s not about how to determine if a product is effective, safe or will suit you (ask me about that in a makeup lesson), here’s how to determine if it’s vegan. Vegan means two things: 1) It’s from a cruelty-free brand 2) It’s made without any animal-derived products. Firstly: Cruelty-free. Looking for the leaping bunny or on PETA’s website isn’t always helpful as many brands choose not to pay the fee to use that or similar logos. But avoiding brands that export into China is an easy start. They cannot be considered totally cruelty-free as China legally requires […]Read More
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