THE SKIN IS THE BODY’S LARGEST ORGAN

IT EASILY ABSORBS CONTAMINANTS, WHICH ENTER OUR BLOOD STREAM

WHATEVER YOU PUT ONTO YOUR SKIN ENDS UP IN YOUR BODY.

MY SKIN CARE

SELF LOVE IS THE ULTIMATE BEAUTY ROUTINE

By far the biggest change for my skin has been adapting a vegan diet, your skin will never appear bright, vibrant and beautiful unless the foods/drinks you are putting into your body are exactly that. Diet is truly the key, everything else comes after. So start here if you havent already and eat foods as close to nature as possbile 🙂

I have been making the switch to all vegan / cruelty free skincare for a while now and although its taking a while for me to fully make the switch, I am finally getting there.

FIRST THINGS FIRST

Ingredients to avoid with all your heart.

1. Sodium lauryl sulfate

Found in: shampoo, body wash, foundation, face wash, mouthwash and toothpaste

SLS has been shown to cause or contribute to: skin irritation, canker sores, disruptions of skin’s natural oil balance and eye damage. It is also widely believed to be a major contributor to acne (especially cystic acne) around the mouth and chin.

2. BHA

Found in: exfoliants, perfume

The National Toxicology Program classifies butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) as “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen.” It can cause skin depigmentation. In animal studies, BHA produces liver damage and causes stomach cancers such as papillomas and carcinomas and interferes with normal reproductive system development and thyroid hormone levels. The European Union considers it unsafe in fragrance.

3. Triclosan and triclocarban

Found in: toothpaste, deodorant, antibacterial soap

Triclosan was all the rage as antibacterial products became ubiquitous in the 1990s. Even the FDA agrees that there is no health benefit to humans who use triclosan, and in 2013 ruled that manufacturers using it had to demonstrate that there were no long-term detrimental effects. Triclosan (in liquid products) and triclocarban (in bar soaps) have been linked to hormonal disruptions, bacterial resistance, impaired muscle function, impaired immune function and increased allergies. Instead, use naturally antibacterial and antiseptic agents like tea tree oil.

4. Aminophenol, Diaminobenzene, Phenylenediamine (Coal Tar)

Found in: hair dye, shampoo

Coal tar, a byproduct of coal processing, is a known human carcinogen, according to the National Toxicology Program and the International Agency for Research on Cancer. Hair stylists and other professionals are exposed to these chemicals in hair dye almost daily. Europe has banned many of these ingredients in hair dyes. While FDA sanctions coal tar in specialty products such as dandruff and psoriasis shampoos, the long-term safety of these products has not been demonstrated.

5. Parabens

Found in: makeup, moisturizer, shaving gel, shampoo, personal lubricant and spray tan products

The FDA acknowledges several studies linking parabens, which mimic estrogen, to breast cancer, skin cancer and decreased sperm count, but has not ruled that it is harmful. According to the European Commission’s Scientific Committee on Consumer Products, longer chain parabens like propyl and butyl paraben and their branched counterparts, isopropyl and isobutylparabens, may disrupt the endocrine system and cause reproductive and developmental disorders. Look for ingredients with the suffix “-paraben” as well—paraben-free products will be labeled as such.

6. Polyethylene/PEGs

Found in: scrubs, body wash, makeup, toothpaste

Those tiny plastic beads in face or lip scrubs and exfoliating washes are made from polyethylene (used because they’re gentler on the skin than natural exfoliators like walnut shells). These synthetic chemicals are frequently contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, which the  government considers a probable human carcinogen and which readily penetrates the skin. Polyethylene has been noted as a skin irritant and should never be used on broken skin. Polyethylene beads in scrubs and body washes also are not filtered by our sewage systems, meaning they can collect pollutants and travel into waterways, where they’re consumed by fish and marine animals.

7. Retinyl palmitate, retinyl acetate, retinoic acid and retinol

Found in: moisturizer, lip products, sunscreen, anti-aging products

Retinol products (often found in anti-aging products) have the opposite intended effect and become carcinogenic in sunlight, making it extra important to only use them at night and to avoid any sunscreens containing retinol-derived ingredients.

8. Petroleum distillates

Found in: mascara

Petroleum-extracted cosmetics ingredients may cause contact dermatitis and are often contaminated with cancer-causing impurities. They are produced in oil refineries at the same time as automobile fuel, heating oil and chemical feedstocks.

9. “Fragrance”

Found in: moisturizers, deodorant, lotion, face cream, shampoo, conditioner

Federal law doesn’t require companies to list on product labels any of the chemicals in their fragrance mixture. Recent research from Environmental Working Group and the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics found an average of 14 chemicals in 17 name-brand fragrance products, none of them listed on the label. Fragrances can contain hormone disruptors and are among the top 5 allergens in the world. Our advice? Buy fragrance-free wherever possible.

10. Oxybenzone

Found in: sunscreen

Oxybenzone is one of the highest-risk chemicals found in sunscreen. It acts like estrogen in the body, alters sperm production in animals and is associated with endometriosis in women. Studies on cells and laboratory animals indicate that oxybenzone and its metabolites may disrupt the hormone system. Opt for sunscreens with zinc oxide or titanium oxide or avobenzene instead.

11. dibutyl phthalate, toluene and formaldehyde

Found in: nail polish and other nail products

These chemicals, known as the “toxic trio,” have been linked to birth defects, endocrine disruption, headaches and respiratory problems—especially concerning for nail salon workersand those who frequently get manis or pedis. It’s advised that pregnant women avoid nail products altogether. Brands like OPI and Zoya have pledged to remove these chemicals from their products.

12. Hydroquinone

Found in: skin lighteners

The FDA warns that this skin-bleaching chemical can cause a skin disease called ochronosis, with “disfiguring and irreversible” blue-black lesions on exposed skin. Illegally imported skin lighteners can contain mercury, which can poison adults and children and is especially toxic during pregnancy. Be wary of imported skin lighteners, don’t buy products without ingredients clearly labeled, and always avoid products with “mercury,” “calomel”, “mercurio” or “mercurio chloride.”

 

I do NOT use perfumes in any way anymore – they are full of harsh chemicals and do not need to be on the skin.

MY SKIN TYPE

Dry + dehydrated with acne scaring (hyperpigmentation)

WHAT I WANT FROM MY SKIN CARE ROUTINE

  • Cruelty-free and vegan
  • Moisturising
  • Hydration and moisture
  • No acne causing ingredients
  • Lightening of hyper-pigmentation from sun damage

 

Cleansers

I use either an all natural, unrefined, organic coconut oil such as the Biona Organic Coconut Oil

which is perfect for an all rounder makeup remover. Biona Organic Coconut Oil is cold-pressed from the flesh of organic coconuts and has not been refined, bleached or deodorised.

I also use this Dr Organic Virgin Olive Oil Soap with pure Organic Virgin Olive Oil is a nutritious deeply moisturising oil rich in Oleic Acid.

Serums

I have two incredible serums that I switch between and sometimes even mix together.

The Odacite Papaya Geranium Serum Concentrate – Specific Skin Concern: Hyperpigmentation

Its such a beautiful product and my dark spots has really help fade the look of brown spots and prevent the appearance of further skin pigmentation while visibly slowing signs of aging.

Tropic – Good Skin Day Resurfacing Serum –This serum not only smells gorgeous but it resurfaces the top layer of skin to reveal a brighter, more youthful looking complexion overnight. Basically it  is a super restorative serum that resurfaces the top layer of skin to reveal a brighter, more youthful looking complexion overnight without the harsh beads. Also has hyaluronic acid which is super hydration for the skin delivers a boost of skin hydration.

• Lime pearl extract, glycolic acids and willow bark BHA exfoliate for a softer, smoother skin surface
• Papaya enzymes and AHA fruit complexes refine and tighten pores
• Concentrated hyaluronic acid delivers a boost of skin hydration

Moisturising

For a lighter day cream I use –

Tropic Day Skin Revive cream is a lovely simple cream for ever dayuse. Packed with 20 different skin-loving fruit, flower and seed extracts, this nutrient-rich daily moisturiser hydrates, protects and nourishes your skin.

I also use Sukin Fascial Moisturiser which is a really good basic, fast absorbing and deeply penetrating moisturiser. Infused with aloe vera, horsetail, nettle and burdock to soothe with skin healing rose hip, wheat germ, jojoba and avocado oil to promote healthy skin. Paraben Free.

For a richer/ nourishing cream I love –

OdaciteTime Release Delivery Crème is one of my favourite nourishing rich creams. I use this mainly at night time when I feel like my skin is a little dry, it is also formulated with Aloe Vera for maximum hydration, antioxidant-rich tea extracts to help slow down the signs of ageing and Hyaluronic Acid to plump up the skin (in a good way hehe)

Every other night I use this beautiful Moon Fruit Supernight cream, its a multi-tasking night treatment that feeds skin with superfruits, gently resurfaces with fruit enzymes and hydrates deeply with a blend of exotic butters and bio-identical vegan Hyaluronic Acid all while you sleep. Its bright purple which just adds to the fun!

For my acne scaring I use – MICRO-PORES REFINE CREAM

Pevonia Micro-Pores Refine Cream is a beautiful cream to fight acne scaring. The ingredients have been proven to decrease sebum production and accumulation by inhibiting melanocortin-5 receptors in sebaceous glands. It also contains red clover flower extract, an ingredient that has a long history of uses to treat psoriasis, eczema and other rashes. I use this every other day at night time and I <3 it!

I don’t put on a full face of makeup every single day to give my skin a break and let it breathe so most days I use this gorgeous natural skin tint by Pevonia. Its a tinted cream with an PF 30, an extraor-dinary 5 in 1 Daily Defense Cream! Lightweight and ultra-hydrating, this age-defying formula is infused with a unique flash action microspheres: micro liposomes that deliver saccharides, lemon, and cucumber extracts for immediate skin brightening and optimum luminosity. It is super subtle  with a natural tint and reduces the appearance of enlarged pores for an effortless, flawless look.

I have never really used eye cream but this Pevonia eye contour has actually changed my life – no joke! I have started to see a huge difference in my lines around my eyes since using this – I know its a little pricey but use it sparingly and it last you forever!

Oils

Bar coconut oil I have this gorgeous Phoenix Facial Oil from Herbivore. Loaded with these beautiful botanical oils and skin-cell-renewing CoQ10. This oil has dramatically rehydrated and rejuvenate my skin, although I DO use it sparingly as its pricy!

Mask

This mask is one of the lesser know beauty secrets of mine and its super cheap! This Aztec Secret Indian Healing  Clay mask I have honestly had for like a year and a half and its still not half way gone! Its only £10 and is a life safer for acne prone skin. All natural too!

Teeth Whitening / Tooth Paste

Ok so I am not really one for whitening my teeth but I have been oil pulling for a while now which has helped with the making my teeth much whiter.

OIL PULLING WITH COCONUT OIL

Since I began, my teeth looked whiter than every before I’ve also noticed that I rarely ever had bad smelling breathe and that my gums appear healthier and bright.

Oil pulling has been shown to promote…

  • Whiter teeth
  • Cavity + gingivitis prevention
  • Better breath
  • Stronger teeth and gums
  • Less jaw pain
  • Alleviation of common sleep problems + sinus issues
  • Alleviation of headaches, hangovers and skin issues (Reports have even shown improvement in chronic acne, psoriasis and eczema)

TIPS + TRICKS FOR OIL PULLING

When you wake up in the morning, take a large tablespoon of coco oil and swish it around your mouth for 10-20 minutes. Start slow and do not swallow as if you do then you will be bringing the toxins into your body.

I have also tried the Botanical Teeth Whitening Kit– ( non peroxide – vegan formula) a few times and I have to say it is really effective.

Toothpaste I use ones WITHOUT any fluoride – Cali White ACTIVATED CHARCOAL & ORGANIC COCONUT OIL TOOTHPASTE is actually SO good! I love it! It is infused with antiseptic and the remineralising properties of Diatomaceous Earth, Tea Tree Oil, Coconut Oil, Xylitol and Peppermint Oil.

So there you have it, the best vegan products I have been using over the past few months, my skin is glowing but that is a mix of diet and skincare. Diet & lifestyle will always play a major part in your skin, so make sure you are treating these before splurging on any expensive skincare.

Catch my Youtube video here for my information <3

Love & Light ,

Jess

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