We begun the event with Natalie's enlightening and informative talk about the power of plant-based skincare and make-up, whilst also informing everyone about the dangers of conventional beauty products.
Tropic Skincare is an organic, plant-based skincare company based in Surrey. Their products are so luxurious and pure, and are made from 100% natural ingredients, which is so unusual in today's cosmetics industry. The vast majority of beauty products are packed full of extremely harmful ingredients. It honestly scares me that these products are even allowed in beauty departments, let alone that they are widely used by the majority of women.
Important facts which Natalie told everyone during her talk:
It is believed that over 60% of what we topically put on our skin is ingested in to
our bodies. (this is how nicotine and contraceptive patches work!), therefore, we should be just as concerned about the products we put onto our bodies as we are about the food we put into them!
The environmental working group estimate that more than 1 in 5 personal
care products contain chemicals linked to cancer, 80 per cent contain ingredients
that commonly cause hazardous impurities, and 56 per cent contain penetration
enhancers that help deliver ingredients deeper into the skin.
Harmful ingredients to look out for:
Parabens (which mess with your oestrogen levels!)
Mineral Oil (Don't be deceived by the name!) can trap toxins in the skin, and hinder normal skin respiration.
Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS), which has been linked to damage to the immune system, liver & lungs.
Phthalates - has been linked to asthma and decreased fertility in females.
... To name just a few!
Natalie also told us about some important nutrients which we should be sure to include in our daily diets to ensure healthy skin.
If you are deficient in just one of these primary nutrients, your skin health will suffer, and I don't just mean externally. If you are unhealthy on the inside but your skin 'looks' healthy, it doesn't mean that it is!
Protein: including fish, which you should try to consume 6x per week if you have problem skin, plus chicken, eggs, nuts, quinoa, and spirulina.
Skin fats: think avocado, coconut/olive oil, nuts and oily fish.
Vitamin A: butternut squash, sweet potato, liver, eggs.
Vitamin C: citrus fruits, berries, kale.
Zinc: seafood (particularly oysters), pumpkin seeds, lentils, ginger.
And perhaps most importantly - HYDRATE!
Keep skin cells plump and full or your skin will look shrivelled and dehydrated.
Here is a snap shot of what else we got up to at our event!
For example, their 'Face Smooth: Brightening Polish' exfoliator, which is my personal favourite product, contains:
Organic Shea Butter, Organic Coconut Oil, Sugar Cane, Organic Rice Flour, Ground Rice, Golden Jojoba, Macadamia, Cocoa Butter, Sweet Almond, Vitamin E, Acai Berry, Sweet Orange, Lime, Lemon & Camomile Essential Oils. And no nasty, crazy or unnecessary ingredients!
They use Acai Berries in many of their products, including their eyeshadow which includes freeze-dried Acai. How amazing?!
Natalie delivered her speech so that it was informative and engaging, the food was so delicious and we all left with very happy bellies, and of course everyone got to leave with lots of wonderful goodies!
I hope you enjoyed reading, and will take some of this information into consideration the next time you step into a beauty store!
Lastly, remember that
‘'There is no cosmetic for beauty like
happiness’’ - Maria Mitchell
Thanks for reading! :)