We all want to use skin care products that deliver results, but did you know that many popular beauty brands are pumping their skin care products full of synthetics? Many of us today are wondering what the synthetics in skin care are doing for our environment. The choices we make when putting together a daily beauty routine can not only affect the health of our skin. They can make or break for the environment, too.
What Are Synthetics?
Synthetics, put simply, encompass anything unnatural in your skincare. This includes everything from colours, fragrances and synthetic ingredients such as parabens, sulphates and phthalates. Many beauty companies will load their products with synthetics as these ingredients take less time to source and cost less money to use.
Much of what we place on our skin is absorbed into the body and bloodstream. While loading our body with toxins is a scary thought, arguably more frightening is what these synthetic ingredients are doing for our environment.
What Skin Care Synthetics Are Doing To Our Environment
Synthetic ingredients are particularly harmful to our marine environment and waterways, big and small. Chemicals are washed down the drain during both the manufacturing process and home use, and those chemicals have been known to pollute our waterways and, unfortunately, kill off marine life.
Common synthetics in skin care products, including BHA, BHT, phthalates, artificial fragrances and silicones have been proven to cause genetic mutations in marine creatures, severe damage to native coral reefs and plant plankton and overall waterway pollution.
Exfoliating microbeads are one of the worst offenders- they've been banned in several countries, however, Australia is relying on a voluntary phase-out by beauty brands, which means these microbeads are still in circulation. These beads, often used in facial and body scrubs, are made from tiny pieces of plastic, which means they don't disintegrate. Much like many synthetic ingredients, microbeads aren't broken down when they're washed into wastewater treatment plants, meaning they all end up in our waterways.
(You can rest assured that no Botani scrub contains plastic microbeads).
Not sure how these effects on marine life relate to you? Think of it this way - every creature on earth is dependant on our planet's water cycle. Chemical treated water will eventually become clouds, and then rain, so ultimately those chemicals end up back on land.
Synthetics Skin Care Solution
To do your bit for the environment, opt for skin care free from synthetic ingredients. There's a bit of a misconception that green, toxin-free beauty products are overly expensive given that sourcing natural ingredients require more time and money, however, this isn't the case!
Botani Beauty products are all free from synthetic ingredients (plus the packaging is biodegradable, so you're doing even more to save the planet), they're all backed by in-depth scientific research, and they're accessibly priced. Choose products that naturally care for your skin without compromising the health of our planet. You can do your bit by putting together a skin care routine comprised of products that have been ethically sourced, manufactured and distributed.
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