Bondi Beauty speaks to natural skincare expert Mukti, founder of Mukti Organics and author of holistic beauty bible ‘Truth in Beauty,’ about the dangers of Australian beauty products.
Living in Australia, many people take it for granted that cosmetic products are adequately tested, correctly labelled and honestly marketed.
But, according to author and natural skincare expert Mukti, the scary and unfortunate truth is that this isn’t always the case.
Mukti has been in the skincare industry for over 20 years, is educated in complimentary medicine and founded her own organic skin-care range Mukti Organics.
While Mukti loves her own range, her agenda is not primarily to sell products, but to educate Australian women so they are empowered to make the right choices for their own skin.
Mukti talks about her concerns surrounding regulations, chemical ingredients and marketing ploys in the Australian beauty industry.
“Australia tends to follow the footsteps of the US as far as regulations are concerned, and the big thing is that most people don’t realise that the skincare industry is completely unregulated,” Mukti said.
“80% of ingredients that are used in cosmetics have never been tested for safety on human beings. So we’re all partaking in this big experiment and we don’t know the long term compounded effects,” she said.
“I think one of the big myths is assuming that everything has been tested, and it hasn’t. I think that’s one really big thing. So you have to empower yourself and become more aware.”
A significant problem with the beauty industry, Mukti said, is how products are marketed, especially when they brand themselves as being organic or natural.
“When a label says ‘organic,’ unless that is officially certified there is no guarantee that its actually clean or that there are even organic components in the product, because that’s not regulated either,” Mukti said.
“So don’t trust ‘organic’ labelled packaging unless its certified from a third-party supplier, like Cosmos or ACO,” she said.
“Another thing is that companies can put organic ingredients on the front of a label as a marketing ploy, when there’s no guarantee that the ingredient is even in the product.”
“No one is going through with the red tape.”
Yet another important factor to consider is that when using multiple different products on your skin (i.e. a face wash, toner, moisturiser, sunscreen, primer, makeup), you don’t know what happens when the multiple ingredients of those products mix.
“At one event we did an audit on skincare, and most people had used 15-20 products on their skin that day, each with an average ingredient list of 15-20 components, so you do the maths and that’s 250 let’s say ingredients that are all interacting when you layer them all on top of each other,” Mukti said.
This is why Mukti recommends sticking to genuinely organic products wherever possible, and to limit the number of products you are using to avoid the possibility of bad effects caused by mixing different chemical ingredients.
To find out more about the dangers of unnatural skincare and beauty products, check out Mukti’s amazing book ‘Truth in Beauty,’ which is a complete directory of how to protect yourself from the dangers of the beauty industry and how to implement a completely holistic and organic beauty routine.
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