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This Beauty Brand Is Restoring the Forest

June 9, 2021

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In today’s newsletter, we’ll be discovering which mega-brand pledges to restore forests in Indonesia and what the leading beauty experts have to say about apricot scrub.🌲🍑

There are also some sweet deals to add to your shopping cart this week — you don’t want to miss out! 🛍🛒

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Dove Joins Forces with Conservation International To Restore Forests in Indonesia

In line with World Environment Day on June 5, Unilever brand Dove unveiled the Dove Forest Restoration Project. The project is a large-scale effort to protect the forest land and people of Northern Sumatra, Indonesia. The project aims to:

  • Protect and restore forests
  • Protect the habitats of endangered species
  • Improve the livelihoods of 16,000 people

Dove Forest Restoration in Indonesia

Over five years, Dove will be partnering with Conservation International and with The Ministry of Environment and Forestry (MoEF) to protect and restore 20,000 hectares of forest (an area approximately double the size of Paris) in biodiversity-rich North Sumatra, Indonesia.

The Dove Forest Restoration Project is estimated to capture over 300,000 tons of CO2 from the air and avoid the release of over 200,000 tons of CO2e emissions. These projected impacts will be monitored and evaluated per Indonesia’s articulated carbon policies. This initiative also builds upon ongoing plans. Dove is accelerating to achieve a deforestation-free supply chain by 2023 and net zero emissions from its products by 2039.

As a global brand with care at our core, we have a responsibility to use our platforms to drive change and positively impact the world around us. The Dove Forest Restoration Project builds on our commitments to caring for our planet and caring about how we make our products and what goes into them. With this long-term initiative, we extend this care to improving the health of the planet, striving for a more sustainable way of being. - Alessandro Manfredi, Global Executive Vice President, Dove

More Than Just Forest Restoration

In addition to capturing and avoiding vast amounts of carbon, the Dove Forest Restoration Project will protect biodiversity in the region and strengthen communities’ sustainable management of the forests.

The project will help:

  • Support local communities with the mission to improve the livelihood of 16,000 people.
  • Protect and restore the habitats of many endangered species, including Sumatran Tiger, Sunda Pangolin, Sumatran Clouded Leopard, Malayan Tapir, Black Sumatran Langur, and Sambar Deer.

The Dove Forest Restoration project is the first major initiative from the €1 billion Unilever Climate & Nature Fund and aligns with the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration.


Beauty Experts Chime in on Apricot and Walnut Scrubs

If you’ve been a skin care junkie for some time now, you’re most likely aware of the heightened reactions you get when you admit to using or having used an apricot or walnut scrub. Please don’t beat yourself, though, because there was a time when they were all we had in terms of physical exfoliation products.


Over the years, our beauty routines have come a long way. In researching and trying these new routines, we’ve become hesitant about physical exfoliants for many reasons, a major one being that they can leave micro-tears in the skin, resulting in more skin issues, namely acne. Byrdie tapped into their network of beauty experts to finally put this debate to rest.

When you rub the scrub on your face, the pieces of shell or pit scrape off dead skin cells. Unfortunately, they can also create micro-injuries in your skin, as the fragments are often too large and abrasive for the skin of the face. - Dr. Dendy Engelman

While apricot and walnut physical exfoliants work for some people, they’re not the ideal method for exfoliating your skin in today’s beauty verse. Experts and beauty gurus prefer chemical exfoliants or sometimes opt for a gentler physical exfoliant. If you really want to keep using physical exfoliants, try products with softer exfoliating ingredients like oatmeal or rice:


Tatcha The Rice Polish: Classic, $65

A water-activated exfoliant of nourishing Japanese rice bran and silk protein that transforms to a creamy foam for smooth, polished skin with a healthy glow.

Eczema Honey All Natural Oatmeal Scrub, $31

Eczema Honey Premium Oatmeal Scrub is the perfect solution that provides the exfoliation, moisture, and nutrients your body needs in one convenient, all-in-one scrub.

LUE by Jean Seo Erase Exfoliate & Brighten, $15

ERASE, is a cleansing, exfoliating & brightening powder. Made with non-fat milk powder, finely milled whole grain oats, and a touch of magnesium carbonate, this perfectly pH balanced gommage clears complexion, balances skin, and leaves it radiant and smooth.

Chemical Exfoliants

On the topic of exfoliants, let’s take a quick look at three of the most widespread and beloved chemical exfoliants. AHA/BHA, bakuchiol, and retinoids!

Everything You Need to Know About AHAs and BHAs According to Science

Excerpt: AHAs are water soluble, so they stay very close the skin’s surface. Glycolic acid in particular works to exfoliate the top layer of dead skin cells that accumulate. This is why AHAs are ideal for people with dry skin—they remove the buildup that contributes to dry, flaky skin, allowing moisturizers to absorb deeper to properly hydrate the skin. BHAs are oil soluble, so they can travel deeper into the skin’s layers because natural oils and sebum exist deep within the skin. This is why BHAs are ideal for people with oily and acne-prone skin. Salicylic acid is the most common BHA, and its anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties make it an effective acne treatment.


What is Bakuchiol? Everything You Need To Know

Excerpt: Bakuchiol is derived from the Babchi plant and has a different chemical structure than retinol. Though structurally different, it is considered a true retinol alternative because clinical studies show that it functions similarly to retinol when applied to the skin. The upside is that bakuchiol does not cause the same negative side-effects as retinol. Some of retinol’s most common side-effects include redness, irritation, dryness, sun-sensitivity and peeling.

Do retinoids really reduce wrinkles? - Harvard Health

Excerpt: Retinoids reduce fine lines and wrinkles by increasing the production of collagen. They also stimulate the production of new blood vessels in the skin, which improves skin color. Additional benefits include fading age spots and softening rough patches of skin. However, it takes three to six months of regular use before improvements in wrinkles are apparent—and the best results take six to 12 months. Because retinoids can cause skin dryness and irritation, doctors often recommend using them only every other day at first and then gradually working up to nightly applications. Wear a sunscreen during the day, because retinoids increase the skin’s sensitivity to sunlight




Good Molecules Overnight Exfoliating Treatment, $6

This blend of 10% alpha and beta hydroxy acids helps to resurface and renew, smoothing away dead skin cells and unclogging pores to reveal visibly radiant skin.

Key Ingredients: Glycolic Acid, Propanediol, Glycerin, Lactic Acid, Salicylic Acid

cocokind resurfacing sleep mask, $22

Our alternative to retinol mask gently resurfaces skin overnight to smooth texture, even tone, and reduce the appearance of dark spots. Plumps skin with hydration and helps to reduce signs of stress and fatigue. Reduces dryness and promotes a more even looking tone.

Key Ingredients: Cucumber Fruit Water, Radish Root ferment filtrate, Squalane, Bakuchiol

Honest Beauty Honestly Pure Retinol® Serum, $27.99

New to retinol? Less is more. Start once a week, ease into it and always listen to your skin. Try using it after cleanser and before moisturizer to start — don’t layer or mix with other serums.

Key Ingredients: Tapioca Encapsulated Time Release Retinol, Two Types of Hyaluronic Acid, Squalane


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