Many factors affect your skin's condition and appearance. Between the temperature and humidity to the products you apply to your face, you want to always look at your best. However, you may have a tendency to not even looking at the labels of your skincare products.
What Is Clean Skincare?
Simply put, clean skincare is simply non-toxic beauty products which means that they won't harm your skin or overall health.
While it may be hard to believe that in the 21st-century beauty companies can still sell products made with ingredients that can harm your skin and health and are perfectly legal, it's the truth. However, this problem isn't looked at the same way across continents. For example, while in the United States only 11 cosmetic ingredients are banned by the FDA, in the European Union the list includes more than 1,300 ingredients.
So, American companies continue to pack products that we use every day (mascara, face wash, shampoo, etc.) with potentially harmful ingredients that can include known carcinogens, irritants, and endocrine disruptors.
The Top 10 Toxic Ingredients You Need To Avoid
Even if you live in the United States, you still have the option to buy non-toxic beauty products. After all, you just need to ensure that you look at the labels the same way you do read the labels of food before you buy it.
So, to ensure that you are only using non-toxic beauty products, you should avoid all that include at last one of the following ingredients:
- Parabens like Propylparaben and Iosbutylparaben
- Chemical UV filters Octinoxate and Oxybenzone
- Diethanolamine (DEA)
- Phthalates like Dibutyl phthalate
- Sodium laureth sulfate (SLS)
- Polyethylene (PEGs) like PEG-10 laurate
- Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA)
Your facial skin is already affected by factors that you don't control. So, when you are looking to improve it and to maintain good and healthy skin, you need to take over the control of the things you can master. So, you should always go for non-toxic beauty products.
How To Make The Change To Clean Skincare
It's normal that after reading this, you took a look at the labels of the current products that you apply to your face. If you saw that one or more include the ingredients that we mentioned above, you now know that you need to change them. However, you don't need to rush things out.
#1: Make The Swap When You Run Out Of Product:
When one of your current beauty products ends, instead of buying the same one again you can then replace it with a non-toxic beauty product. In case you have several that are running out, then you should prioritize. The most important ones are the products that are in direct contact with your skin throughout the day. These include your serums and lotions that are under your make-up. Besides, it's also important to not forget about lipstick. After all, this is the only beauty product that you are more likely to ingest. So, this makes it number 1 on your list.
#2: Use The 80/20 Approach:
While there are many non-toxic beauty products out there, you may be used to use one specifically. And it's perfectly fine. All you need to do is to keep the 80/20 approach in mind. This means that 80% of the beauty products you use should be non-toxic and 20% can have a harmful ingredient (but you're not willing to let go of that product).