The movement toward clean beauty continues to grow. One of the primary reasons is increasing awareness and demand for transparency. Now more than ever, we’re more informed about the safety of our products. ✋if you scrutinize ingredient lists! By choosing clean beauty products, we’re saying yes to our health and wellbeing.
But clean beauty is more than what we put on our skin. Harmful ingredients in traditional beauty products can find their way into water sources and ecosystems, posing additional risk to wildlife and human health. Clean beauty, on the other hand, promotes sustainability and eco-consciousness.
Many clean beauty brands also strive to minimize waste and use recyclable or biodegradable packaging, as well as support an ethical supply chain. Clean beauty is more than just a passing trend. It represents a paradigm shift toward transparency, sustainability and personal wellbeing.
Looking to make a few small but meaningful changes in your beauty products? Though there is a long list of ingredients to avoid, here are a few quick wins
- Fragrances, which are often synthetic. Look for essential oil-based fragrance instead.
- Parabens as preservatives. Paraben will be found in the ingredient name (example: ethylparaben). Look for natural preservatives like vegetable glycerine instead.
- Sulfates such as sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium laureth sulfate can cause irritation and exacerbate skin conditions like acne.
- Phthalates such as dibutyl phthalate (DBP), dimethyl phthalate (DMP) and diethyl phthalate (DEP) have been linked to endocrine disruption, developmental and reproductive toxicity, and cancer.
- Oxybenzone, found in many sunscreens. It’s a potential endocrine disrupter and harmful to coral reefs.