Drops Of Youth Liquid Skin Peel From The Body Shop

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The Drops of Youth Liquid Skin Peel from the Body Shop and is a gel formula.

This product is amazing and has revolutionised my facial exfoliation skin care routine.

It’s gentle exfoliator and leaves the skin fresh and clean. The Body Shop have recently run an anti-pollution campaign helping to raise awareness the effect of living and working in the city can have on our skin.

Pollution can clog pores that lead to blemishes and breakouts. It can also accelerate cell oxidation, which brings on dull skin with uneven texture and greyish tones. Constant exposure to pollution can lead to dry skin and even premature ageing. To help combat all the effects of urban pollution it’s recommended to have a good nightly cleansing routine followed by a non-comedogenic moisturiser.

The Body Shop

 

How to use

Apply 2 -3 pumps worth of product on to the face spreading evenly. Leave for 20 – 30 seconds, using your first 2 fingers on both hands gently in circular motions rub the gel peel into the skin. Immediately you will feel dead skin cells and dirt be lifted from the skin. When the gel can no longer be rubbed in, take a warm flannel of water and remove the remaining residue and dirt from your face.

Use 1-2 weekly.

This liquid peel retails at £18.00 and is totally worth the money and using once or twice weekly will still last a long time.

The Liquid Peel Range has been popular with customers and they have created a Drops of Light Liquid Peel (also Vegan friendly) and a Vitamin C Liquid Peel which is not Vegan.

Ingredients:

Aqua, Alcohol Denat., Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, Carbomer, PPG-26-Buteth-26, Palmitamidopropyltrimonium Chloride, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Quaternium-80, Parfum, Behentrimonium Chloride, Linalool, Citronellol, Cetrimonium Chloride, Isopropyl Alcohol, Crithmum Maritimum Extract, Eryngium Maritimum Extract, Leontopodium Alpinum Callus Culture Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Citric Acid, Xanthan Gum.

Tip

Great at removing dead skin cells and dirt from the feet.

 

 

 

 

 

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Harmful Chemicals To Avoid In Cosmetics

For me the philosophy of being Vegan is ultimately about being kind and this means also to ourselves.

Now most companies will tell you that only a minute amount of the following ingredients can be found in cosmetic products. This is probably true but consider this, the average woman is exposed to at least 12 toxic chemical ingredients before they even leave the house every morning, over time this ultimately creates a build up of toxins in the body.

 

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Remember the skin is our largest organ and it’s the first to absorb toxins applied topically and also absorbs toxins and pollution from our atmosphere but it is the last to receive nutrients so it’s important to ensure we take care of our skin and be mindful about what we apply to it.

Here are some of the chemical ingredients that can be found in cosmetics that I recommend avoiding as much as possible.

Aroma compound – (aka odorant, synthetic fragrance, or flavour)

An engineered scent or flavouring agent. Synthetic fragrances are derived from petrochemicals and are toxins that are linked to cancer, birth defects, nervous-system disorders and allergies and can be found in the whole range of cosmetics and beauty products.

Benzalkonium chloride: (aka – alkyldimethylbenzylammonium chloride) : 

A disinfectant which is used in a number of disinfectant solutions and pharmaceutical products, it’s even used in outdoor cleaning products that remove lichens from paths so it’s somewhat worrying that you can find this in some cosmetic product such as deodorants and shampoo’s, it’s used for it’s preserving properties.

Long term exposure to this ingredient can potentially cause  asthma, chronic dermatitis and other immune system disorders.

In September 2016, the FDA announced a ban on nineteen ingredients in consumer antibacterial soaps citing a lack of evidence for safety and effectiveness. A ban on three additional ingredients, including benzalkonium chloride, was deferred to allow ongoing studies to be completed

Bismuth Oxychloride: (In cosmetics its name is C.I. 77163)

This ingredient has been used since ancient Egyptian times and it is a mineral that can be an irritant to the skin especially in people who already suffer from skin conditions such as acne.

Dimethicone or silicones: (aka – polymethylsiloxane) 

Prevalent in moisturisers, cleansers and primers, it’s used for it’s lubricant properties helping products to glide across the skin easier. It helps to fill in pores or fine lines which potentially can clog pores and worsen some skin conditions.

Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (aka -EDTA): 

Is a binding agent primarily used to sequester metal ions in aqueous solution, but it is also used in cosmetics, shampoo as an agent to improve their stability in air.

Ethanolamines (may also appear as below)

  • Cocamide DEA
  • Cocamide MEA
  • DEA-Cetyl Phosphate
  • DEA Oleth-3 Phosphate
  • Lauramide DEA
  • Linoleamide MEA
  • Myristamide DEA
  • Oleamide DEA
  • Stearamide MEA
  • TEA-Lauryl Sulfate
  • Triethanolamine

Used as emulsifiers, foaming agents and to control ph levels in a variety of cosmetic products such as soaps, shampoos, hair conditioners, dyes, lotions, shaving creams, eyeliners, mascara, eye shadows, blush, make-up bases, foundations, fragrances and sunscreens.

The most serious concern about these kind of ingredients is that there is evidence to suggest that it’s linked to cancer when used over a prolonged period of time.

Formaldehyde:

Acts as a preservative in cosmetics and can be found in  shampoo, body wash and bubble bath. A known carcinogen that has also been linked to cancer and a variety of other health problems.

Hydroquinone:

Used as a topical application in skin whitening to reduce the colour of skin found in skin-lightening creams and sunscreen. A chemical that inhibits the production of melanin and is linked to cancer, organ toxicity, and skin irritation.

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Parabens – (aka – methyl-, isobutyl-, propyl- and others):

Widely used as a preservative in cosmetics, it can be found in foundation, spray tanning products, shampoo, toothpaste and body lotions.

Parabens have been found to inter with hormone function (endocrine disruption) and can cause skin irritation, dermatitis and rosacea  in individuals who are sensitive skin.

Parabens main purpose is to extend shelf life of cosmetics.

Petrochemicals – (aka mineral oil/paraffin)

Can be found in perfumes and paraffin waxes. Petrochemicals are a mineral found in crude oil and really should not be used on the skin, paraffin is a by product of petroleum and a toxin strongly linked with cancer and birth defects.

Polyethylene glycol (PEG compounds):

Another of petroleum-based compounds that are widely used in cosmetics as thickeners, solvents, softeners, and moisture-carriers found in creams, sunscreens and shampoo.

PEGs can potentially be contaminated with ethylene oxide and 1,4-dioxane which are known carcinogens and linked with cancer. 1,4-dioxane doesn’t easily degrade and can remain present on the skin after you have showered.

PEG compounds are found not to be safe on damaged skin but despite this they are approved to be used in cosmetics.

Retinyl palmitate and Retinol (Vitamin A):

Vitamin A as we know is a natural nutrient but high doses of Vitamin A applied topically has been found to accelerate cancer and have been linked with causing skin tumours.

Talc: 

Is a mineral is used in some mineral make up products and talcum powder and is a known human carcinogen and has been linked to having similar properties to asbestos.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Skinny Tan

When looking for a self tanning brand for me personally it’s not only important to find a Vegan friendly brand, I also want a product that is free from harmful chemicals.

Our skin is the largest organ of the body and it’s the first to absorb topical applications  of both chemical and natural products in to the bloodstream but it’s the last to receive nutrients of vitamins and minerals and so we should give careful consideration as to what ingredients we apply to our skin. Especially when we are applying the product all over.

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Firstly I love the Skinny Tan story, two mom-trepreneurs Kate Cotton and Louise Ferguson who came together to create a tanning product that contained naturally non-toxic derived ingredients.  Skinny Tan has a natural tanning agent that is derived from the seeds of the Brassica napus plant which works naturally with the amino acids in the skin to create the darkening reaction for a natural-looking tan. The product also contains Guarana, a caffeine derivative which is considered an important ingredient in the most popular firming and cellulite creams.

Together these two ingredients help create a natural tan that is safe to use and aims to give a “Skinny” effect.

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(Photo taken from the Skinny Tan Instagram)

 Skinny Tan claims that the tan will last 7 days, results varying dependent on how much your skin naturally exfoliates.   

I purchased the Rose Gold Limited Edition online from Superdrug 

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For every purchase of the the Skinny Tan Rose Gold Edition, £2 goes to Marie Curie. I purchased the tan when it was on special offer for £9.99, the usual price is £24.99 which is quite expensive I feel for a 100ml tube which I got 2 full applications from.

The tanning cream is bronze in colour to help give you a colour guide and to ensure you don’t miss any areas. For me this was quite a messy experience as I applied the cream with my hands rather than a mitt as I personally don’t feel I have as much control applying tan products with a mitt. This means that you do have to be careful with clothes and towels, but if like me you do manage to get the tan everywhere it does wash out very easily. 

I left the tan on overnight to develop, Im always a little apprehensive to see how the tan turns out and with the Rose Gold Skinny Tan I looked like I had a really dark tan which worried me slightly. 

It’s worth mentioning that initially after applying Skinny Tan I could feel my skin beginning to heat up which felt uncomfortable to me I have however had this experience before with other products such as shower gels and body butters. Although Skinny Tan does contain natural ingredients it is still possible to have an allergic reaction so if unsure always do a skin test at least 48 hours before applying all over.

I needn’t have worried about the colour though because the next morning when I washed the tan off the colour was a naturally beautiful golden tan colour. Screen Shot 2017-09-16 at 23.05.04.png

It’s true most of us look healthier and feel better for having a tan. 

I was really pleased with the effect of this tan, I did have a slight streak on my leg but this was no fault of the product as it was due to a patch of dry skin. 

Skinny Tan didn’t last a full 7 days for me but it did last longer than most self tanning products I have used, I also didn’t use the Skinny Tan Afterglow to help maintain the tan.

 

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When I used the product for the second time I applied it 48 hours before going on holiday, naturally the tan quickly faded due to the chlorine in the pool and because the process is quite messy and I didn’t have much of the product left I didn’t bother applying it each night so it’s not a tan I would use pre-holiday again but overall I think it’s a great product. I wouldn’t pay the £24.00 for the Rose Gold Edition but I would certainly buy other products in the range that retail at £9.99. Superdrug often do buy one get one half price offer so I would definitely check out the afterglow gloss to see if this made a difference to how long the tan lasts.