We use beauty and personal care products as a form of self-care — it makes our skin softer and younger, and can give us a feel of spa luxury at home. Unfortunately, many cosmetics and personal care products contain ingredients that are potentially harmful to our bodies such as artificial colors, sulphates, parabens and pesticides. I don’t know about you, but none of those sound like self-care luxury to me.
What many don’t know is the law doesn’t require FDA approval of cosmetic product ingredients, meaning companies are not required to disclose all of the ingredients. This information has lit fires in celebrities and everyday consumers who are now joining the clean beauty movement.
The clean beauty movement promotes cosmetics that are free from toxic and harmful ingredients, and therefore helps consumers stay conscious of what they put on their skin. Three popular type of beauty products that fall within the clean beauty movement include organic, vegan, and fair trade.
Organic beauty cosmetics are regulated by the FDA and contain cruelty-free ingredients. It’s worth noting that even with the USDA Organic seal, the product contains 95% or more organic ingredients. Supermodel Miranda Kerr has a line of organic skincare products called KORA, which she launched as a result of not being able to find products that were free of harmful chemicals. Some common organic ingredients Kerr uses are green tea, coconuts and noni fruit.
Vegan beauty cosmetics and products are not tested on animals and don’t include animal bi-products. Many people who purchase vegan products do so for the cruelty-free aspect that they promote. Enjoy clean and healthy skin while helping animals live happier lives — who doesn’t love that?!
While most people think of coffee and food products when they hear “fair trade,” it applies to cosmetics too! Fair trade beauty focuses on paying farmers and producers fair prices for the ingredients they grow and source. More people are becoming aware that developing countries are being exploited for their cheap labor and it doesn’t sit well with millennials. In fact, about 85% of millennials purchase responsibly sourced products.
Whether you trade your current cosmetics for an organic, vegan or fair trade alternative, joining the clean beauty movement will make you feel confident about the products you’re using!
If sustainability is important to you, consider creating a DIY body or mask recipe. Hola lists a few DIY recipes, including a delicious sweet almond oil body scrub and banana face mask in this guide all about clean beauty from Hola!. Pay attention to what ingredients are in your cosmetics and help your skin remain healthy!
What do you think? Which one will you try first?