Sustainable Skincare and Cosmetics
What about natural cosmetics and skincare?
Beneficial and environmentally friendly, natural cosmetics + skincare are gaining ground. What are the results provided by these beauty products produced from ingredients that nature provides?
The skin is the visible face of our body. That is why more and more people are choosing a healthy and sustainable lifestyle. At Eleven Eleven Skin Alchemy we have adopted this trend that is already a way of life.
As part of the skincare routine we use creams, concealers, makeup bases, balms, serums but we don't always think about what we are applying to our skin. For this reason, natural cosmetics and skincare is a movement on the rise, among other things, because its commitment to natural ingredients is suitable for all skin types.
With natural cosmetics we refer to beauty products produced from ingredients that nature provides, which can be of plant, mineral or animal origin that have undergone minimal transformation and are not harmful to the environment. The use of chemical ingredients is still allowed, but in very small quantities, as long as they are not harmful to humans and nature.
So, a vegan cosmetic is a product that does not contain ingredients of animal origin, or derivatives. A cruelty-free cosmetic is a product that has not been tested on animals. It is mistakenly thought that a cosmetic marked cruelty-free is automatically vegan and vice versa. But not necessarily: it may not have been tested on animals, but contain ingredients of animal origin. Similarly, a product marked vegan may have been tested on animals. It is essential to differentiate the two concepts and not confuse them. That is why if you want 100% ethical cosmetics, you must be both vegan and cruelty-free at the same time.
Deciphering cosmetic labeling today is much easier. There are applications that analyze the ingredients of cosmetics, such as Ingred or INCI Beauty. The first analyzes all the ingredients (it also works for food and indicates which ones are acceptable or harmful to health. Each element is accompanied by a detailed explanation and classified according to its level of danger. On the other hand, in INCI Beauty, each product analyzed receives a score that allows you to quickly understand if its components are good or risky. The interesting thing is that alternatives are proposed for each product consulted. The main ingredients are documented and classified according to their origin (vegetable, animal or synthetic) and level of risk/toxicity .
Maria Ines Hernandez, Staff Physician at the Dermatology Unit of the Doctor C O S M E Argerich General Acute Hospital, was consulted by Infobae about this type of cosmetic: “From my profession as a dermatologist, my priority is to make a correct diagnosis and look for the best alternative therapy for the skin of patients. This includes listening to and accompanying their concerns, since it is increasingly sought to incorporate responsible and environmentally friendly consumption habits”. Today, there are many laboratories that are aware of and consistent with the needs of today's world, so multiple skin care products can be indicated that are "cruelty free" or not tested on animals, as well as "suitable for vegans". “It is important to take this difference into account, since the cruelty free certification, very common in cosmetic products, means that it does not contain components tested on animals, but it does not exclude the presence of ingredients of animal origin. In other words, you can find products with said certificate but that contain inputs of animal origin, such as beeswax. Vegan products are free of ingredients of animal origin throughout the manufacturing process”, adds the specialist.
To take into account: prohibited substances
The prohibited substances are: organic-synthetic colorants, synthetic perfumes, ethoxylated raw materials, silicones, paraffins or petrolatum and their derivatives. It is not allowed to disinfect by radioactive radiation neither vegetable or animal raw materials nor the finished product.
Source: Information provided from Infobae, quoting" Maria Ines Hernandez, Staff Physician of the Dermatology Unit of the Doctor C O S M E Argerich General Acute Hospital.