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How to buy sustainable beauty products

Article brought to you by Trilogy.

Love buying skincare because you know it’s ethically, environmentally and socially responsible? Trilogy have put together four tips for finding sustainable beauty products.

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Tip 1: Choose ingredients you understand

It may seem strange but, when buying natural beauty products, look at the ingredients and ask yourself, would you eat it? Of course, you wouldn’t literally but it’s a handy little question that will help you analyse whether you’d be comfortable putting it on your body or not. After all, skin is the body’s largest organ so what you put on it gets absorbed into the system just like food and drink. Read the label closely and examine the ingredients. If there are names that aren’t familiar, look them up online on a credible cosmetics ingredients database.

Tip 2: While you’re there, check for plastics

Plastic microbeads find their way into scrubs, body washes and shampoos, and end up washed down the drain into the ocean. This plastic pollution is completely unnecessary as there are plenty of biodegradable alternatives out there. The jojoba wax spheres in Trilogy’s Gentle Facial Exfoliant for example, are completely biodegradable, as is the rosehip seed powder in the Exfoliating Body Balm.

Check the ingredients list for polyethylene (PE) or polypropylene (PP), polyethylene terephthalate (PET), polymethlyl methacrylate (PMMA) or nylon.

Tip 3: Are the products are certified natural/organic?

If a product is certified natural or organic, it probably has to comply with soft manufacturing processes and environmentally friendly practises.

For example, the NATRUE stamp of approval means products stand by the following codes:

  • Natural and organic ingredients
  • Soften manufacturing processes
  • Environmentally friendly practises
  • No animal testing
  • No synthetic fragrances and colours
  • No genetically modified ingredients
  • No petroleum derived products
  • No silicone oils and derivates

Tip 4: Is it cruelty-free?

Trilogy is a cruelty-free skincare brand and are against animal testing. Trilogy does not test ingredients, product prototypes or finished products on animals. Trilogy also work closely with ingredient suppliers to ensure they are aware of their company values and policies. Both their BioGro Organic Certification and NATRUE Natural Cosmetics Certification guarantee that their cruelty-free beauty products are not tested on animals.

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