Clean Beauty Products 101

Clean Beauty Products

Your produce is not the only thing that you can buy organic. An increasing number of beauty products now boast the fact that they are organic, clean, or natural. But should you care?

We've answered some frequently asked questions about clean and organic beauty products for you to better understand what these claims mean so you can make informed decisions for yourself.

What are clean or organic beauty products?

Clean or organic beauty products are used to describe cosmetic products and skincare regimens that do not include harmful toxins in the ingredients. You don't want to eat toxins, so why would you rub them on your face?

So what's the difference between clean and organic?

Organic products refer to how the ingredients were farmed. If an ingredient is organic, it was grown free of pesticides and certain unnatural fertilizers. The ingredients are all-natural.

Clean product manufacturers use nutritious, plant-based ingredients as often as possible and ensure that the synthetic products used are tested to be safe alternatives. So a beauty product can be clean without being organic. It just means that its synthetic ingredients have been tested for safety.

Will the toxins even bother me if I'm not eating them?

There’s a robust argument on both sides of whether or not toxins in a topical product can reach the bloodstream. Regardless, if you use products that are made with less-than-ideal ingredients, those toxins are still going on your skin, which is the largest organ on your body. The ingredients in whatever product you choose are absorbing into your skin. You should be selective about the ingredients you put on your body; let the good stuff in.

Isn't this kind of stuff regulated by the government?

In Europe, there are over 1,300 ingredients that are banned from being used in cosmetic products because they are linked to cancers and hormone disorders. In the United States, only 11 ingredients have been banned. Because of the lack of regulations, companies have taken it upon themselves to choose what ingredients they will or will not use.

So then do I have to rely on companies to decide what's clean?

This is where research comes in. Study up on companies’ clean policies and on ingredients to help you decide what you will not be using on your body. Read labels carefully to detect any nefarious ingredients.

Unfortunately, since products that claim to be clean, natural, or organic are not regulated, there can be false advertising. Don’t just believe any claim you see on a package.

What toxic ingredients should I be avoiding?

There are many ingredients that have proved to be harmful. Research them for yourself, but here are 10 to start eliminating from your routine:

  • Triclosan
  • Formaldehyde
  • Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA)
  • Parabens like Isobutylparaben or Propylparaben
  • Chemical UV filters Oxybenzone and Octinoxate
  • Phthalates like Dibutyl phthalate
  • Polyethylene (PEGs) like PEG-10 laurate
  • Diethanolamine (DEA)
  • Sodium laureth sulfate (SLS)
  • Fragrance
How do I start changing my skincare routine? I use a lot of products every day!

If you're not sure where to start with transforming your skincare routine to clean, start small. Begin with addressing the products you use on your face. The skin on your face is thinner, especially around your eyes, mouth, and forehead, so it absorbs products (and their ingredients) more quickly.

Do organic or natural products even work?

Years ago, organic or natural products were laughable in the beauty world, as the products did not produce good results. This has changed markedly over the years. Now, you can get at least as good of results as you get from your drugstore counterparts, but without the toxins.

What does a product mean if it claims to be vegan?

Vegan beauty products do not contain any animal products. Ideally, they would also not be tested on animals.

How else are clean or organic products helpful?

Organic or clean products are better for the environment, too. So by switching to organic or clean beauty products, you're doing your part to help not only your own body but also Mother Earth. Organic and clean products are typically in environmentally-conscious packaging, too.

If you want to go clean today, start with natural, plant-based products form our CBD skincare line. Try our CBD-based Miracle Mask to rehydrate aging skin or our moisturizing, anti-inflammatory Beauty Butter. We believe in keeping the bad stuff off of your skin and out of your body so that you can look and feel your best.

At LUX Beauty Club, we pride ourselves on the clean ingredients we use in our products. You can read all about the ingredients of our products here. We care about you, the planet, and your skin. Check our online inventory to start making the switch to clean products, so you can take care of your body from the inside out.