Clean Skincare 101: What is “clean” skincare and will I still see the same results?

People have tried bizarre (and even harmful) things for the sake of beauty in the past. Thanks to advanced scientific knowledge and technology, achieving smooth and glowing skin can be totally harm-free and guilt-free. But not all conventional skincare products do away with potentially harmful ingredients, creating a growing demand for “clean” skincare products. What does “clean” skincare really mean? 

What is clean skincare? 

Together with the terms “green” and “organic”, “clean” is a word often used today in the world of wellness. “Clean eating” refers to a diet full of fresh, organic foods with no additives, chemicals and preservatives. Likewise, “clean skincare” refers to the use of skincare products that do not contain any toxic ingredients. Clean skincare uses nourishing, plant-based ingredients as much as possible and safe synthetic ingredients as needed for preservation or effectiveness. You won’t find questionable ingredients, carcinogens, endocrine disruptors or harmful irritants like parabens, phthalates, sulfates, PEGs and artificial fragrance in clean products.

You might ask if “natural” or “organic” equates to “clean” skincare. The answer is, not necessarily. There are some products that are marketed as organic but still contain toxins. It’s always best to check the list of ingredients before buying a product to make sure it’s free from any harmful or questionable ingredients. 

Will using clean skincare products be as effective as using conventional ones?

Some remain hesitant in completely abandoning their conventional skincare products, fearing that clean skincare might not work for them. Don’t be afraid to make the switch -- there is no shortage of high-quality clean skincare products on the market and they only continue to get better. Manufacturers of clean skincare products have made huge investments in research and development of natural and organic products that are not only as good as traditional ones (in terms of effectiveness), but are even better. 

Why should you switch to clean skincare?

Regular skincare products that you may purchase from a drugstore or department store are far from clean, meaning they are not safe for long-term use. This is supported by the results of the 2016 study about the toxicity of beauty products on human skin cells in vitro, conducted by the Department of Medical Biotechnology. According to the study, US and government reports show approximately 90 percent of the ingredients used within cosmetics, including skincare products like Nivea Visage Anti-Wrinkle Moisturizer are not safe for long-term use. The beauty and personal care industry remains minimally regulated in the US. The use of questionable ingredients (even those that are known to cause cancer) in skincare and beauty products remains legal. 

As mentioned previously, despite the proven negative effects of parabens, SLS, hydroquinone and other harmful ingredients to our body, manufacturers of conventional skincare products continue to use them. There is no good excuse to continue manufacturing products with these potentially harmful ingredients. While companies can’t be forced to stop using these questionable ingredients, you can choose to go all clean in your skincare routine. 

When switching to “clean” skincare, you are not only choosing what’s best for your skin but also what’s best for your health and well-being. Having beautiful skin should not come at the price of safety!

Final Thoughts:

Being conscious of what we put on our skin is as important as being conscious of what we put in our body. Even using small doses of potentially harmful ingredients found in regular skincare products can have negative effects over time. Make the switch to clean skincare – your body and skin will thank you.