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The Dirty On Clean Beauty

The Dirty On Clean Beauty

Heather Perry
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What is clean beauty exactly, and what should we be looking for in clean products? When it comes to clean beauty, it truly is what’s on the inside that counts. The ingredients are most important when looking for a product deeming itself as clean. With the FDA not regulating beauty and skincare products, it’s up to us to be mindful of what we choose to use on the largest organ of our body, the skin. 

Clean beauty equates to non-toxic, with these products utilizing ingredients that are safe and toxic-free. These ingredients should be free of harmful contaminants that pose a threat to our health and the environment. You want to be on the lookout for ingredients that are allergens, irritants, hormone disruptors, or carcinogens.

What should we be looking for in clean products? Similar to clean eating, we want to look for products that contain quality ingredients. Quality doesn’t mean 100% natural or organic because clean beauty equates to non-toxic beauty. The first step is to research companies to see what their standards are along with their moral compass.

The Good Face Project is a phenomenal resource on clean beauty products, and they compiled a list of the top 10 toxic ingredients to avoid at all costs:

  1. Parabens like Propylparaben and Iosbutylparaben
  2. Synthetic Fragrance
  3. Chemical UV filters Octinoxate and Oxybenzone
  4. Diethanolamine (DEA)
  5. Triclosan
  6. Phthalates
  7. Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLS)
  8. Formaldehyde
  9. Polyethylene (PEGs) like PEG-10 laurate
  10. Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA)
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