Are our beauty routines making us miserable?

Are our beauty routines making us miserable?

While taking care of ourselves is essential for our self-esteem, the pursuit of beauty in the age of social media is starting to have the opposite effect on many. Today, the bar for being considered aesthetically beautiful has risen significantly. Past generations may have felt pressure to acquire the look of...

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Startup Sulapac develops microplastic-free packaging materials

Startup Sulapac develops microplastic-free packaging materials

Seeking to reduce our dependence on oil-based plastics, Sulapac is making bio-based packaging components using recycled and ‘side-streamed’ materials. It’s hoped to boost fashion’s circular economy. Anyone who is even slightly into skincare will be well aware that the environmental cost of beauty cosmetics is huge. Our buy, use, and bin approach to fad products and fleeting trends is a significant sustainability issue. Pumps, sprays, tamper seals, and everything else in...

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Why are toxic chemicals still in our make-up and cosmetic products?

Why are toxic chemicals still in our make-up and cosmetic products?

Along with ‘forever chemicals’ that will never break down in our natural environment, many beauty products still contain ingredients that disrupt our hormones and cause harm to our bodies over time. Which chemicals should we steer clear of and what is being done to make them disappear for good? You’d think that companies making products designed to be lathered, sprayed, and smeared on our bodies would make sure that their...

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Are AI-generated images perpetuating toxic beauty standards?

Are AI-generated images perpetuating toxic beauty standards?

Viewing photos generated by apps like Midjourney, DALL-E, and Adobe is no longer a novelty. Could frequent exposure to highly idealised – and unrealistic – images of human beings potentially reshape society’s beauty standards? If you’ve ever toyed around with AI photo-generating apps, you may have noticed a trend emerging – especially when asking the technology to depict realistic-looking humans. The trend I’m referring to is that all AI-generated humans seem...

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The latest TikTok trend points to Gen Z’s obsession with anti-ageing

The latest TikTok trend points to Gen Z’s obsession with anti-ageing

With more social media users buying into the idea that perceived flaws must be dealt with before they’ve even begun, young people have turned their attention to a new product which promises to offset any future lip creases: a straw designed to prevent wrinkles. It’s no secret that Gen Z is obsessed with anti-ageing. Earlier this year, a 14-year-old went viral on TikTok for sharing a multi-step skincare routine with the...

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