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In my case, our fate was not written in the stars but in the science. According to The New York Times, the chemicals found in many commercial beauty buys can break down our skin’s natural barrier – the acid mantle. So, while we think we are loading it up with ultra-rich, hydrating ingredients, they may be reducing its long-term capacity to retain moisture and increasing our dependency on a whole wealth of products. Chemicals such as sodium lauryl sulfate (commonly found in foaming face wash) as well as alcohol and parabens are some of the worst offenders, but are often present in many of our beauty cupboard favourites. “These toxic chemicals can cause a host of problems for our body and contaminate our waterways and soil, which can harm fish and wildlife,’ explains Kate, the founder of small-batch natural beauty brand Wild Source Apothecary.
So, by pampering our skin in the name of self-care, are we actually doing more harm than good? It’s about reading the signs – or even better, the ingredients list. Getting back to nature is key to restoring the balance, and by swapping harsh artificial chemicals for natural, non-comedogenic moisturising heroes like jojoba oil and shea butter you can help to support your skin without exposing both yourself and the planet to potentially harmful ingredients.
The secret to bringing out the best in my winter skin has been finding a select few natural, ethically made products. Here are some of the best out there, sure to provide the nourishment you need to rekindle that rocky relationship during the colder months.