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THE AUSTRALIAN · From Melanie Grant to Emma Lewisham: Skin experts on how hormones impact your beauty routine

Some of Australia’s most respected beauty founders have warned about toxic ingredients in skincare and fragrance that can disrupt a woman’s hormones. “Endocrine disrupters” are natural or man-made chemicals that “may mimic or interfere with the body’s hormones, known as the endocrine system”, commonly found in skincare and fragrances.

And the beauty industry is seeing a rise in “clean”, non-toxic products aimed at protecting wearers from the effects, experts say. Belinda Smith, the founder of Australian fragrance brand St Rose, said: “In underregulated beauty industry, we believe in transparent ingredient disclosure”…

For Melanie Grant, the Australian celebrity facialist whose clients include Victoria Beckham, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Dua Lipa, skin comes first – and she says its health is a “reflection of many of the body’s processes”.

“From hormones to gut health, sleep deprivation and stress,” Grant – who is based in London and founded her skin empire in Sydney – adds. “Hormones dictate the amount of oil our skin produces, the integrity of our collagen and elastin production and a potential for conditions like acne, rosacea and melasma.”

Grant’s approach is a well-rounded “360 degree” tactic that spans a “strategic home regime and treatment plan and takes internal and external hormonal influences into consideration if there are signs of an imbalance”.

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