Clean Cosmetics


“These days everything will either kill you, give you cancer, or some sort of other illness.” That’s what people say when they’re trying to justify the toxicity of cosmetics in the beauty industry. 

The Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, isn’t obligated to regulate or approve cosmetic or skin care products before they are sold to the public. This doesn’t necessarily mean all beauty products are harmful, it just means that we as consumers need to be educated as to what ingredients we should and shouldn’t use on our skin.

Many large companies, like Sephora, have come out with “clean” cosmetic lines for those who are conscious about the ingredients they put on their face and body. Many other companies, like Beautycounter, The Honest Company, and Love Goodly, are also taking stances on the toxicity of the beauty industry.

Clean beauty is on the rise, and we’re fully supporting the clean beauty makeup movement. Keep reading for more on why our beauty regime needs a serious makeover.

Check Toxicity of Beauty Products

The approximate number of chemicals banned from or restricted for use in beauty and personal care products in the European Union and Canada are over 1,300. The total number of chemicals banned from or restricted for use in beauty and personal care products in the United States is only 30.

Something needs to change. In an industry that is supposed to have a positive effect on the confidence and health of people, we need to take special care to ban these ingredients. There are many different kinds of toxic ingredients that we should all avoid. Here are some of the basics and most common additives found in cosmetics, sunscreen, skin care, and more. Ingredients are found on the back of every beauty product.

  • Parabens
  • Phthalates
  • Fragrance
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate/ Sodium Laureth Sulfate
  • Formaldehyde
  • Triclosan & Triclocarban
  • Petroleum Distillates
  • Diaminobenzidine
  • Aminophenol
  • Polyethylene
  • Hydroquinone

These are the most common toxic ingredients found in beauty products. You will often see clean beauty products with the label, “formulated without parabens, phthalates, and sulfates.” This is a good sign, but make sure to check the rest of the ingredients, as some companies still sneak the poisonous ingredients in there.

Misleading Packaging

One of the most common things you will see in the beauty industry is packaging with words such as, “natural”, “pure”, or “free of”. These statements are not regulated by the FDA or any other organization. Therefore, companies can label their products however they please. Green beauty is on the rise, and companies are aware that consumers are becoming more ecologically conscious. This means companies will use target words to attract clean beauty consumers. Regardless of the true ingredients, people will still be fooled into buying them.

Again, this is when taking a look at the back of the product or box becomes crucial. Some products will have symbols stating they are USDA Organic or Non-GMO, for example. This means these products have passed specific guidelines to earn this symbol. This is a good sign, but it doesn’t always mean the organization approving of these symbols is trustworthy. Looking at the ingredients will always be your best bet.

It’s crucial you investigate the parent companies of those who are advertising as “clean” and “natural”. If their parent companies aren’t these things, you may be supporting the wrong cause or risking the possibility that they aren’t actually clean products.

Clean Beauty is The Next Big Thing

The natural beauty movement and the rise of safe cosmetic brands have opened the eyes of consumers. People are now educated on the results of toxic chemicals being applied to the skin every day. While each toxic ingredient I listed above have their own negative impact on the body, the main concerns are cancer, fertility and sperm production, hormonal disruptions, and respiratory complications.

Because the natural beauty movement has made waves in the news, on social media, and among your friends, companies are now being proactive against these toxic ingredients. Why? Because if they don’t, they could potentially lose customers to brands that are taking their audience’s concerns seriously.

Here are some of my favorite non-toxic beauty brands that put out high-quality products:

  • The Honest Company
  • Beautycounter
  • Love Goodly
  • Origins
  • Farmacy
  • Drunk Elephant
  • Tata Harper

Many of us have heard of The Honest Company, founded by Jessica Alba and peers, Love Goodly Foundersin hopes to bring clean beauty to the lives of everyday mothers and women. Beautycounter, founded by Gregg Renfrew in 2013, has become a leading competitor in the clean beauty movement. On top of fantastic products, she is passionate about cosmetic law changes. Love Goodly, is subscription service that delivers goods monthly to your door. The company only provides clean and natural beauty and skincare products.

It’s more difficult to find drugstore brands that are 100% non-toxic, but these brands do a pretty good job at keeping things green. As always, check the ingredients before you purchase.

  • Physicians Formula
  • Neutrogena

It’s important to note that just because a product claims to be “natural”, does not mean it isn’t toxic for your body. The same goes for man-made ingredients. There are natural products that aren’t safe for the skin, and there are man-made ingredients that are safe. Conduct research, read labels and go for the clean beauty products that won’t harm your body — from the inside, out.

Real MomDaily fully supports the rise of clean cosmetics. Be a part of the natural beauty movement and clean out your makeup bag and medicine cabinet. Show your little girls the ropes and let’s kick toxic products to the curb. Read more about health and wellness from other real moms!

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