Why Make Conscious Skincare Choices
More than ever before, the world is in a state of flux, and people are realising that their choices on what they buy matter. As a result, you see people changing up their lifestyles and making more conscious buying decisions. This trend can be seen in the growing incidences of people choosing to become vegetarian and forgo meat in their diet1, as well as in people’s buying habits tending towards products with environmentally friendly packaging. This trend naturally also transcends across to the skincare industry, with more and more people making conscious skincare choices and looking towards buying cruelty-free skincare.
How to make conscious skincare choices
Skincare that fits within people’s more stringent ethics is harder to come by than you might imagine. There can be a whole host of common animal-derived ingredients in cosmetics including; beeswax, animal derived lactic acid, animal derived squalene, lanolin, carmine (a red dye often used in makeup), animal derived glycerin, and silk extract. So making sure that the skincare you’re using adheres to your ethical choices might range from reading the ingredients list carefully to contacting the manufacturer directly and asking them about their product ingredients.
If you are thinking about changing up your lifestyle – whether for moral, health, or environmentally conscious reasons, here’s a skincare regime with no animal derived ingredients which isn’t tested on animals, sure to please anyone considering their buying choices.
Here are the basics of a conscious skincare regimen:
For a cleanser we recommend QV Face Gentle Cleanser – a creamy daily cleanser designed to gently remove makeup and dirt. It’s also enriched with Vitamin E to leave your skin feeling fresh, soft and moisturised.
Follow your cleanser with a day moisturiser like QV Face Ultra Calming Moisturiser or SunSense Daily Face SPF50+* if you’re after some sun protection (and you always should be!). For night time we recommend Elucent Anti-Ageing Night Moisturiser for a helping of exfoliating alpha hydroxyl acids (AHA’s).
The skin around your eyes is some of the most delicate on your body, so we recommend using an eye cream morning and night. Choose QV Face Revitalising Eye Cream to help improve skin elasticity and reduce puffiness. Or if fine lines and wrinkles are your primary concern try Elucent Anti-Ageing Eye Cream to help visibly reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
QV Gentle Wash is our tried and true classic, suitable for the whole family. It’s a soap free cleanser formulated without common irritants such as fragrance and colour.
Moisturising after cleansing is a must. Elucent Anti Ageing Body Moisturiser contains 12% AHA’s and exfoliates while moisturising. It’s also great to use for a couple of days before getting a spray tan for the smoothest application of your life!
QV Cream is another moisturising option that is formulated to help maintain skin hydration and a great for the entire family.
And don’t forget about your feet. QV Feet Heel Balm is formulated with an exfoliating AHA to help slough away the rough skin on your feet while helping to nourish them with a thick moisturiser.
QV also offers deodorants; QV Naked Deodorant Spray and QV Naked Anti-perspirant Deodorant. These come in both a spray and a roll-on form so that you can stay feeling fresh easily and however you like.
Lastly, sun protection. SunSense offers a range of non-animal derived sun care products to suit every need, including a face range suitable for all skin types. Our favourite all-rounder is SunSense Ultra SPF50+*. It’s newly reformulated, light weight, and offers four hours water resistance.
1 Roy Morgan. The slow but steady rise of vegetarianism in Australia [internet]. Roy Morgan. August 2016,cited 20 March, 2019. Available from: http://www.roymorgan.com/findings/vegetarianisms-slow-but-steady-rise-in-australia-201608151105
*Always read the label. Follow the directions for use.
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