Ready to ex­plore a new beauty rou­tine this sum­mer? Court­ney Reilly-Larke caught up with nat­u­ral skin-care ex­pert Tata Harper for her take on why mak­ing the switch to “clean groom­ing” is a good idea.


CRL: What’s the ar­gu­ment for switch­ing to clean beauty?

TH: Your skin is your largest or­gan and ab­sorbs ev­ery­thing you put on it. If you’re ap­ply­ing syn­thetic, po­ten­tially toxic chem­i­cals ev­ery day, they get ab­sorbed into your body and can lead to health is­sues.

CRL: How do you choose a nat­u­ral prod­uct?

TH: Make sure all the in­gre­di­ents are ac­tu­ally nat­u­ral. Some com­pa­nies la­bel their prod­ucts as nat­u­ral or in­clude a few nat­u­ral in­gre­di­ents, but still con­tain syn­thetic fillers or preser­va­tives. Check the in­gre­di­ent list thor­oughly.

CRL: Don’t we need syn­thetic in­gre­di­ents for better skin?

TH: Not re­ally. The ma­jor­ity of syn­thetic in­gre­di­ents that can pose health risks aren’t ac­tu­ally used to give your skin any ben­e­fit — they’re just fillers. Some of th­ese in­clude: BHA (buty­lated hy­drox­yanisole), which is a preser­va­tive found in many colour cos­met­ics, sodium lau­rel sul­fate, also known as sodium lau­reth sul­fate or PEG, which is an emul­si­fier that helps with a prod­uct’s tex­ture and syn­thetic fra­grances. Th­ese help a prod­uct smell good (they are even used to cover the smell of other in­gre­di­ents in prod­ucts that are la­belled “fragrance free”), and they are con­sid­ered trade se­crets, so man­u­fac­tur­ers aren’t re­quired to list their in­gre­di­ents. Up to 4,000 in­gre­di­ents can make up one “fragrance.”

CRL: What nat­u­ral in­gre­di­ents could you swap for th­ese harm­ful ones?

TH: We use fer­mented radish root as a preser­va­tive, saf­flower oleo­somes as emul­si­fiers, and pure es­sen­tial oils for fragrance. Th­ese al­ter­na­tives pro­vide the same re­sults with­out health risks.

CRL: How can we change our skin-care rou­tine for warmer weather?

TH: The key to good skin care in warmer, more hu­mid weather is to swap out heavy, rich prod­ucts for lighter ones. Some of my faves in­clude:

• Repar­a­tive Mois­tur­izer. This is so light, but still of­fers great hy­dra­tion.

• Hy­drat­ing Flo­ral Essence. This toner acts as a liq­uid mois­tur­izer, with hyaluronic acid and a weight­less blend of nat­u­ral sources of hy­dra­tion.

• Retinoic Nu­tri­ent Face Oil. Post­sun, this roller­ball prod­uct has a cool­ing sen­sa­tion and adds much needed nu­tri­ents to my skin. b

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