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