Clean beauty products: let’s detox from harmful chemicals!
Consumers nowadays are becoming extra careful about what they’re putting on their face, hair and body; which is great! However, there is still very little knowledge about what “clean beauty” actually means. Let’s clear up all doubts once and for all.
You don’t have to be some kind of health guru to make an assumption on whether to stick to harmful chemicals or move away towards cleaner beauty choices. Duh! That’s pretty much a no brainer.
But while that’s an easy choice, understanding where to start and where to go from there is not as easy. Don’t worry, we are cosmetic manufacturers who have already committed to the clean beauty club. We can help.
What are clean beauty products, exactly?
There has been a lot of speculation about what clean beauty is. And while it is true that it can be a wide spectrum of things, it seems like everyone has their own opinion about it. Well, it doesn’t really work like that.
So here it is, finally, the ultimate definition for “clean beauty” that you were looking for: clean beauty products are formulated without toxic ingredients, which means that they are safe for humans and the environment.
So, “natural”?! Well, no. You have to be careful about that word: it’s often very misunderstood.
“Natural” doesn’t always mean clean. Something can be natural and still be toxic. There are natural ingredients that can be very harmful to our health, like talc and lead.
While, on the other hand, there are synthetic ingredients (that are not natural, but created in a lab) that can actually be safer and more effective. Which is confusing, since people automatically assume that synthetic ingredients are bad for them. Guess what: that’s not true.
(This is what I think you look like right now, by the way)
Clean beauty products for dummies
And while it’s true that clean beauty is a spectrum of things, however, there are a few ingredients that are just bad for you and that should be avoided at all times, in both your skin and hair products.
Here are a few bad boys you should always be on the lookout for when you’re shopping for clean beauty skin and hair products.
Uh-uh. Nope. This is what should go through your mind when reading this word on the label of a shampoo. And while it’s becoming widely known that parabens are bad for you, we often don’t really know why. Here it is: studies show that parabens mimic estrogen in the human body, which is linked to reproductive organ harm, thyroid disruption, hormone-related cancers and obesity. That should be enough for you to stay away from them. Always.
This is probably the most globally known preservative of all times. What you don’t know is that it’s commonly found in keratin smoothing hair treatments. However, the f-word is also widely recognized as a human carcinogen. And a lot of keratin treatments will say they are formaldehyde free, but most of the times they’re actually not, so be careful.
Petrolatum and paraffin. NOT COOL. They are sourced from petroleum and are widely used as moisturizing agents in lip balms and face creams. And while petroleum products are already bad from an environmental point of view, there are related health issues as well. Petroleum is the largest contaminant present in the human body, due to accumulation over time. And untreated or mildly treated mineral oils can actually cause cancer. I guess we’re just better off.
I know, it’s a lot. And it can make you feel like you’ve been doing it all wrong this whole time. But don’t worry, it’s always a good time for change! My advice is to not go all the way cold turkey on this one. Take your time.
Start your purge from one or two products and then expand to your entire beauty routine, little by little.
Marie Kondo would be so proud of you.
So, you know now that it’s definitely worth it to detox from harmful chemicals like parabens, talc, formaldehyde, petroleum, sulfates, PEGs and phthalates; however, it’s important to know which way to go from here and trust a partner who is specialized in the manufacturing of clean beauty products.
If you’re looking for a trustworthy partner to manufacture clean beauty products, you’ve found it! We are here to help you move away from harmful chemicals and join the clean family.