Pick a bottle – any bottle – from your growing collection of skincare products and take a good look at the ingredients on the label. Can’t even pronounce some of them? You’re not alone. But what are all these and have you ever stopped to wonder if they are actually good for you?
Over the years, the beauty industry has been scrutinised for its use of ingredients that are potentially harmful to humans. Let’s take a look at some of them:
Sourced from petroleum, this moisturising agent is commonly found in lip balms and creams. Too much of it can accumulate in the body over time and has carcinogenic (potentially cancer-causing) effects.
Used as preservatives, some parabens can be harmful as they mimic the hormone oestrogen. Studies have linked them to reproductive organ harm, thyroid disruption, hormone-related cancers and obesity.
These may help fragrances last longer but studies have linked them to obesity, type 2 diabetes, breast cancer, reproductive malformation, infertility, and cardiovascular problems.
Added to products for its lathering effect, sulfate is not only drying but also a likely carcinogen.
There are over 1,000 banned ingredients which we do not use, including:
We do, however, love using pure and purposeful ingredients that are safe and efficacious, including:
That’s great but what about harm to the environment? Clean beauty needs to be safe for both people and the planet we live on.
When it comes to business, it’s common for companies to prioritise profit in their methods. The truth is, it is possible to derive safe and effective botanical ingredients using environmentally friendly chemicals and mechanical processes. That’s how we harvest our Nutrilite/NutriCert botanicals.
Clean extraction such as that used by ARTISTRY utilises green technologies, such as water and ethanol extraction, for the least environmental impact. Also, we continue to explore new technologies to bring the most efficacious ingredients using the cleanest extraction methods possible. Watch this space.