Is there such a thing as clean beauty?
Let’s face it, there are a ton of harmful ingredients in our beloved beauty products. AND 80% of what we put on our skin (and scalp!) gets absorbed. It’s time to get selective about the products we use.
A common tactic is to head to the health food store or local pharmacy and buy anything that says “natural” or “organic” on the label and assume this means it must be good for us. Sadly this is not always the case.
There are two handy resources that can help guide your quest for clean personal care products:
- Environmental Working Group (EWG) site called SKIN DEEP
This site offers a database of hundreds of thousands of products and ranks their safety based on their ingredients list. You might be surprised to see what you find!
- A handy app called Think Dirty
Similar to Skin Deep, this app is a super handy tool that catalogues our commonly used personal care products with a couple additional features including the ability to scan products (ex in a store, or as a way to assess the “cleanness” of your beauty arsenal) and offers links to similar products that are cleaner alternatives
Switching to clean products is not only better for your health (many ingredients are known carcinogens and hormone disruptors) but is also better for the planet. Many health-conscious companies are now sourcing environmentally responsible ingredients and eliminating wasteful packaging. Valentines is around the corner! Assemble your clean beauty wish list.
And gents – let’s face it, you use personal care products too and there are tons of alternatives out there for you as well.
Our naturopathic doctor, Dr. Sarah Roth, has a keen interest in all things clean beauty. She can help answer your questions about all things clean beauty…
Will natural mascara really give me the look I want?
Is there such a thing as a natural shampoo that really works?
Can I still polish my nails?
What are the best clean foundations?
Do clean men’s hair products actually work? Or do they just make your hair greasy?
We’ve got answers to your questions!