So you’ve been hearing this phrase “clean beauty” quite a lot and you are probably still not sure of what it truly means. Well, thanks for visiting — we are here to give you the tea!
What is clean beauty? Clean beauty means a non-toxic products that are made without a long, ever-evolving list of ingredients linked to harmful health effects.
Did you know that the personal care industry is effectively unregulated? This means that companies are free to do whatever they want without government regulation. They are able to pack our everyday products such as face wash, shampoo, lotions, etc. with toxic ingredients, including known carcinogens and endocrine disruptors. Personal care companies can use adjectives like “natural,” “green,” on their products because there are no enforceable definitions. In actuality, what is labeled on the packages doesn’t have to reflect what the ingredients provide. WHAT!
Wellness encompasses all parts of our health, including skin health and we want to raise awareness of using cleaner products for your body. Let’s jump right into the 3 things you must know about clean beauty!
1. Carcinogens in beauty products? Say what?
Carcinogens are known ingredients to cause cancer and there are many that are frequently put into personal care products, and it’s completely legal to do so. Did you know that an ingredient called formaldehyde is carcinogenic and it is used as a preservative in many personal care products for makeup, body, and skin? Here’s something to know. Formaldelhyde is never listed on labels. What’s listed are the chemicals in formulas that release formaldehyde. Here’s what to look for: 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3 diol (Bronopol), diazolidinyl urea, DMDM hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea, sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, quaternium-15.
2. What’s the deal with endocrine disruptors?
Endocrine disruptors are chemicals that have the ability to mimic the body’s hormones. They include the ingredient class “parabens” which is a preservative. Be sure to look for words ending in paraben on labels like “butylparaben”. Endocrine disruptors can negatively impact the endocrine system which regulates our metabolism, mood and reproductive processes. Endocrine disruptors are super dangerous. They come in very tiny doses and impersonate their own hormones, altering the production levels of our hormones and the way they behave. Endocrine disruptors have been linked to severe, long-term health damage, including reproductive issues, birth defects, metabolic problems, and cancer.
3. Get the tea on “fragrance”- and “dye-free”.
Products that contain no fragrances or dyes are by nature better for the environment, as they use fewer ingredients, and people can have sensitivities to both. Fragrance from natural sources can even cause reactions. Also, brands aren’t required to list the ingredients in “fragrance” on labels, so in many cases there’s no way to know what’s in those products. SMH.
If you are interested in learning more about clean beauty, we recommend these websites:
Also, join us at our next event on October 5th, for a night of clean beauty + nutrition! It’ll be so much fun. See you there!