Clean Beauty Products For Beginners
When I was in my early 20s, I used and abused my skin and my bank account. Sleeping overnight without taking off my makeup? Check! Blindly purchasing super pricy products in an attempt to get more results? Check! Buying products without looking at the label of ingredients? Check, check!
Throughout the years, I’ve had to learn that I couldn’t just equate cost with quality. I had to do extra research on everything to make sure I’m shopping sustainable products, making environmentally-friendly decisions as a conscious consumer and supporting female-owned businesses, which is a cause that is near and dear to my heart.
If you’re looking to give a natural, healthy boost to your beauty routine, let’s first start with the definition of these popular terms used to define clean beauty:
Clean Beauty: Formulated without toxic ingredients (natural or chemical), this product is safe for human and environmental consumption.
Sustainable aka Green: The Ingredients were sourced sustainably and ethically, and the packaging is made of 100% recyclable materials that are biodegradable.
Vegan: Products are 100% plant-derived and formulated without any synthetic ingredients.
Organic: Ingredients were grown without the use of any pesticides or growth enhancers. Usually they are USDA certified.
Nontoxic: Ingredients can either be naturally derived or synthetic but do not pose any health or environmental threat.
Cruelty-Free: Products and ingredients have not been tested on any animals
Now, let’s talk about a few myths surrounding clean beauty.
“Natural products are not toxic.” – False. Natural can still be toxic. Take lead for example, which is found is some lipsticks. It’s natural but very toxic for human consumptions.
“Nontoxic means good.” – Also false. There are so many synthetics that aren’t harmful.
“Buying clean beauty products means spending more money.” – Very false! There are thousands of affordable, drug-store priced clean beauty brands like MyChelle, Pure, Shea and Ren! All you have to do is look online and the world is your oyster.
When it comes to making smart choices for your health, wellness, and our community, it is truly up to you. But I truly encourage everyone to look at the products you are buying. After all, it is your money and your health.