Is Your Beauty Routine Kind To Animals?
We love animals at Oskyn.
We’d never test on them and don’t believe any animal should lose its life in our quest for great skin or the perfect lipstick.
Millions of animals like guinea pigs, mice and rabbits die every year in testing experiments for the sake of human beauty. It’s a cruel, ugly and totally unnecessary part of the beauty industry that goes on behind closed doors of beauty brands around the globe.
Here’s why we believe choosing ethical beauty matters.
What is animal testing?
A couple of clicks around PETA’s website and if you weren’t aware pain animals go through in testing, you soon will be. It’s shocking stuff.
When it comes to the cosmetic and skincare industry, the most common types of tests animals are subjected to include skin and eye irritation tests. Bunnies have chemicals dripped into their eyes or rubbed onto shaved patches of skin to look for reactions. “Lethal dose” tests are still practised too, animals are force-fed chemicals to determine what quantities result in death.
For brands who test on animals, these types of experiments are standard practice. Other brands choose to have their products tested on animals to stick to local laws in the country they’re importing too – like China. This means some companies who did have a cruelty-free status revoke this so they can sell products into international markets.
What does cruelty-free mean?
A product is only truly cruelty-free if the product and its ingredients have never been tested on animals.
There are two Australian NGOS which certify companies as being cruelty-free: Choose Cruelty Free (CCF) and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Australia.
Because accreditation is voluntary, there are Aussie brands which are cruelty-free but don’t appear on any of the official lists of cruelty-free brands put out by these organisations.
It’s always important to do your own independent research into a brand’s manufacturing and testing practices if you’re unsure about where they stand on animal testing. Knowledge is key when it comes to shopping cruelty-free.
What are the alternatives to animal testing?
It’s crazy to think we put our furry friends through the pain of laboratory experiments when animal testing isn’t actually necessary.
There are safe, alternatives methods that are not only completely animal free, but can be even more effective than animal testing. Cosmetic and skincare formulations and ingredients can be tested using options like in-vitro method, computer simulations or tested on actual humans!
There’s also a HUGE list of ingredients (thousands and thousands of them) that are already approved safe for human use. This means skincare and cosmetic brands have all these ingredients to choose from when creating new formulations, without needing to put animals through the pain of testing new ingredients.
One of the main reasons brands still test on animals is to come up with a new ‘miracle’ ingredient for an ‘improved’ formula.
Cruelty-free beauty explodes
The good news? The cruelty-free beauty movement has exploded in recent years. The plight of our gentle animal friends has been exposed through global campaigns and many of us are choosing to spend our beauty budget more consciously.
In fact, 85% of Australians oppose the testing of cosmetics on animals and as of February 2019, The Australian government passed the Industrial Chemical Charges Bill 2017 banning cosmetic animal testing in Australia.
According to the official press release,
“The Australian Government has committed to 11 substantial reinforcing measures to ensure that all cosmetic ingredients are captured by the ban, together with funding to support the development and uptake of modern non-animal test methods. The bill also includes measures to prohibit reliance on new animal test data for chemicals introduced into Australia for use as ingredients in cosmetics.”
The ban will come into effect from July 1, 2020. Australia will join a growing list of countries who have taken a stand against animal testing.
Swapping your skincare stash for more ethical options doesn’t need to be as overwhelming as it might seem. Take it a step at a time and try different products until you find which ones work for you.
We all have the opportunity to shop with our hearts, not just our heads. Every time we choose a beauty product free from animal testing, we stand up for our gentle friends trapped in labs and say ‘Animal testing is NOT ok!’
Does ‘not tested on animals’ play a role in your decision making when it comes to skincare and cosmetics?
Skin Tips To Get You Glowing This Festive Season
With the festive season slipping by in a blur of parties, frantic gift shopping and a few too many vinos, you might find yourself dealing with more skin woes than usual. Check out our tips for maintaining a healthy complexion throughout the silly season!
Avoid overindulging in salty food
Steer clear of nibbling on too many salty finger foods (fries, we’re looking at you) that are usually on offer in abundance during the festive season. We benefit from a little salt, but too much sodium leads to water retention. The result? A more bloated looking complexion, especially puffiness in the under-eye area where skin is the thinnest and more susceptible to visible bloating.
Balance out any salt sabotage by sipping plenty of water during the day and between cocktails at the work Christmas party. If that still doesn’t sort out puffy eyes, try a DIY cold chamomile compress. Super easy to make, just put a few chamomile tea bags in hot water to steep. Take them out, put them in the fridge to cool down and then pop them over your eyes for 10 minutes. A good way to fit in a little self-care downtime during the hectic festive season.
Sip on matcha green tea
Matcha green tea contains a type of antioxidant polyphenol called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). This tongue twister antioxidant fights cell-damaging free radicals that can lead to visible signs of ageing like fine lines and wrinkles. Matcha also contains chlorophyll, a gentle detoxing agent that promotes skin health and radiance. Chlorophyll is responsible for matcha’s bright green colour and studies have shown EGCG can even rejuvenate skin cells that are dying. It’s a great tea to sip during the festive season, providing your skin with a little extra support to stay healthy and clear.
Stay sun safe
Outdoor soirées = long, lazy afternoons celebrating in the sun. Sunscreen should be a vital part of your skincare routine every day, especially during the summer festive months.
Nothing accelerates the visible signs of ageing quicker than UV damage not to mention sunburn and a red, shiny face that could rival Mr Claus himself. Oskyn’s dual action moisturiser contains a broad-spectrum natural sunscreen to protect skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays.
It’s also fortified with antioxidant-rich Australian native extracts, anti-wrinkle peptide and high purity marine extract to rejuvenate the skin and help reduce the visible signs of ageing.
Schedule some early nights
It’s easy to get caught up with a few too many late nights in a row when the holiday season rolls around. Lack of sleep coupled with festive food and drinking is a dull, tired complexion waiting to happen. They don’t call it beauty sleep for nothing; your skin goes into makeover mode while you’re snoozing to rejuvenate itself in a process called cell mitosis; cell division that renews and repairs skin. While this process does happen regardless of whether you’re asleep or not, getting enough shut-eye allows this process to function at an optimal level.
Don’t pause your fitness routine
With a busy calendar over the festive season, it can be too easy to let your commitment to regular sweat sessions slip. For the sake of your skin (and waistline) try to keep to your routine where possible. Exercise is incredibly beneficial for skin, boosting circulation which nourishes your skin by delivering more oxygen and nutrients to your skin cells. It’s one of the best ways to achieve an all-natural glow.
Ideally, you should exercise without makeup and have a clean towel at hand to wipe away the perspiration and impurities you’re sweating out.
Guzzle H20 to combat the effects of alcohol
It’s probably safe to say many of us overindulge in a few too many drinks during the silly season. Because #christmas. But, we thought you should know what goes on inside while you’re downing your third mojito.
When our bodies metabolise alcohol, a byproduct called acetaldehyde is released which is toxic to body tissues. This leads to drier skin which causes wrinkles and fine lines to look more obvious and don’t be surprised if you wake up with a post-drinking breakout the morning after.
Help combat the effects of alcohol on your skin by sipping water throughout the day, especially in the lead up to a celebratory night out. At the bar, make every second drink a big glass of water and your skin will thank you….so will your head the next morning!
Add a serum to your routine
If you don’t include one already, the festive season is a great time to add a serum to your skincare routine. Serums are potent water-based formulations that deliver more nutrients to your skin than your usual moisturiser. The molecules of serum are tiny, which allows them to deliver goodness deeper into the layers of skin than other face products can. They’re a great way to provide extra support to skin that may be feeling the effects of a little too much festive cheer.
Our Anti-ageing Facial Serum is a blend of certified organic bioactive Native Australian extracts combined with a powerful anti-ageing peptide and marine extract to help reduce the visible signs of ageing. It is gentle enough to be used around the eye area so you won’t need a separate eye serum to address dryness and wrinkles.
Take care of your skin this party season and you’ll welcome the new year with a glow!
Powered by the first “True to Nature” cellular certified organic native extracts, Oskyn represents a new era of natural clinical grade skincare.
For too long we have relied on synthetically produced vitamins in our skincare which have inferior bioactivity compared to their natural counterparts.
We are very excited about our launch of 6 amazing products that feel wonderful on the skin and provide real benefit. Your daily beauty routine is covered with a gentle cream cleanser, serum and moisturiser all with powerful anti-ageing active ingredients.
Kakadu Plum – An Australian super fruit!
If you haven’t heard already the Australian Kakadu Plum (also known as Gubinge and Madoor) has set a new benchmark for superfood. It is the world’s highest source of natural vitamin C with more than 50 times the vitamin C concentration found in oranges!
This unique fruit grows wild in the remote northern and northwestern areas of Australia. It has adapted over thousands of years to store vital phyto-compounds needed to survive severe climatic conditions such as extreme heat, UV exposure, droughts, floods and high winds.
For centuries the Kakadu Plum has been an important food and medicinal source for the Australian Aboriginal people due to its incredible nutritional and healing properties.
When I first heard about the Kakadu Plum (roughly 10 years ago) I remember thinking “wow it’s exciting that we have this amazing fruit in this country that has so many health benefits!”. For several years the plum has been processed to powder form for oral consumption and more recently the extract has been added to skin care and cosmetic products. It was clear to me after extensive research on skin care ingredients that the Kakadu Plum and other Australian native plant species would form the foundation of the OSKYN brand.
We use a cellular Kakadu Plum extract in our range that delivers natural, active and stable Vitamin C for the first time. This has previously been unachievable due to the highly unstable nature of the Vitamin C molecule which quickly dissipates in solutions or when exposed to air. The beauty industry has had to rely on synthetically produced stable Vitamin C, which is inferior in beneficial activity to its natural counterpart. Vitamin C is essential for the growth and repair of tissue across the human body. It is not produced in the body or skin and therefore must be orally or topically applied. Vitamin C plays a vital role in the synthesis of collagen, an important anti-ageing protein responsible for the skin’s health, firmness and elasticity.
The Kakadu Plum also has powerful antioxidant properties that provide protection against oxidative stress caused by free radicals – a contributing factor to ageing skin.
The phenolic compounds in the Kakadu Plum such as gallic and ellagic acids are known to have strong anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and antimicrobial properties.
The certified organic cellular Kakadu Plum extract we use in our products provides all the benefits of the plum as it exists in nature. So why would you not want this amazing ingredient in your skin care products!?