As a lead distributor of AEOS and holistic nutrition, Samantha Sargent has earned a reputation for being a respected advocate and leader within the Australian natural health and beauty industry.
And with over 18 years of training, research and working in the health and beauty industry, Samantha helps shed some light on the illusions and delusions associated with both chemical-free beauty products and beauty products containing some chemicals.
There is plenty of information out there about chemicals like parabens and sulphates and their negative effects on the body, but what about the new rising stars of beauty products like glycolic and antioxidants? Are they just as bad?
Samantha says yes, particularly with glycolic peels.
Any ingredient which is a chemical is bad for you, she claims. Your skin is an organ; it lives, it breathes. So any form of chemical, whether a small amount or large amount is bad, as your skin absorbs it into the body and eventually, the organs. They need to be broken down somehow.
Chemical facial exfoliant and peels, like glycolic are the worst according to Samantha.
Samantha says your skin acts as a barrier, so when you apply chemicals like a glycolic to your face, you are essentially peeling off that barrier and removing with it any fresh new skin cells developing, leaving the underlying skin exposed to any nasties like bacteria and pollution. Which can often lead to acne.
Look for products that contain high fruit enzymes as a natural substitute for the chemical Glycolic.
To help us stay away from chemical products, Samantha shares with us her top 7 beauty tips for a healthy glowing complexion:
Samantha’s expert beauty tip: When using a clay mask, never let it dry to the point where it cracks. Clay masks are designed to draw our impurities of the skin, however when you let it dry completely, it begins to draw out all the natural oils from skin, leaving it too dry and exposed to fresh bacteria. Try spritzing your face with water to keep the clay mask moist for at least 15 minutes before washing it off. This will stop it from drying out too quickly.
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