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Clean Beauty

What’s all the Buzz about Clean Beauty?

By now you probably heard of this movement. But, what is its meaning and why are we promoting it?

Glowsy’s mission is to encourage everyone to Shop wisely and Glow safely. Safe and Clean Beauty is one of the most important feature we consider in a product to ensure we’ll offer you products that are safe to the skin and to the planet.

Hey, are you using CLEAN products?

Safe for people and the planet, Clean means that a beauty product considered both human and environmental health, used a nontoxic element as ingredient baseline and plant-based ingredients for active results. It is somehow similar with eating clean, where it rejects idea of processed foods and focus instead on nourishing, plant-based produce that delivers all the vitamins and antioxidants needed for a healthy immune and digestive system, the same is true for clean skincare.

For us, a product is considered Clean if it is free from these ten (10) most common beauty ingredients of concern. Check out and check why these ingredients are bad for you.

INGREDIENT

USE

WHY ITS BAD FOR YOU

Parabens

Preservative

These are used to extend shelf life of a product by inhibiting the growth of microbes, fungi and bacteria in order to. Parabens have been linked to increases in breast cancer by mimicking estrogen and causing endocrine disruption. It has been linked also to reproductive toxicity, neurotoxicity, immunotoxicity, and skin irritation.

Synthetic Fragrance

Fragrance

These chemicals are known irritants, allergens and hormone disruptors. Long term exposure to these chemicals may contribute to increased immunotoxicity and allergic reactions. Fragrances are considered as "trade secrets" so brands are not required to disclose the actual ingredient list. Testing has found an average of 14 different synthetic chemicals in most well known products with added fragrances.

Petroleum Jelly (petrolatum)

Emollient

There is concern that mineral oil hydrocarbons are considered as a contaminant of the human body. These are commonly found in 1 in every 14 personal care and beauty products in the market.

Silicone (siloxane)

Emollient

Used to help smooth and moisten products like moisturizers. But is suspected to harm the reproductive system, potentially impairing fertility, increasing uterine tumors and changing hormone compositions.

PEGs (polythelyne glycols)

Surfactants, Emulsifiers and Skin Conditioners

These ingredients are frequently contaminated by 1,4-Dioxane, a known carcinogen which penetrates the skin and has been shown to harm the nervous system. These are often found as cream bases because of their ability to thicken and soften moisture carriers.

Phenoxyethanol

Preservative

Toxic effects can occur through inhalation, skin exposure, and ingestion. When exposed, this ingredient Can cause skin and lung irritation. Also harmful to the kidneys, nervous system, and liver, and repeated, long-term exposure can cause organ damage.

Phthalates

Plasticizer and Skin Conditioner

Phthalates are highly toxic and are absorbed through the skin (and nails). They have been found to cause damage to the reproductive systems for both genders and affect the fertility and genital development in males. Phthalates is used in cosmetics to help ingredients penetrate the skin, extend fragrances shelf life and maintain flexibility in nail polishes.

Formaldehyde

Preservative

Even absent as an active ingredient it can still be present from the combination of chemicals such as Bronopol and Quaternium-15 which work together to form formaldehyde releasing preservatives. Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen, skin irritant and suspected to increase liver toxicity. It also can cause allergic rashes with long term exposure. These are commonly found in nail polish or hair smoothing products.

SLES (sodium lauryl ether sulfate), SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate)

Synthetic Antioxidants

These are synthetic antioxidants used to preserve cosmetics. Known to cause skin depigmentation, they have also been shown to cause damage to the liver and stomach. These two chemicals are usually found in lipsticks, moisturizers.

Triclosan

Anti-bacterial

Triclosan has been found to be toxic to water environment and may harm the reproductive system as it is shown to disrupt thyroid functions. Commonly found in toothpaste, antiperspirants and shaving creams.

 

These are the top must-watch ingredients in cosmetic products. Remember to check the labels every time you make a purchase decision or check our Glowsary to guide you on a product's ingredients and safety ranking.

Be sure to include Clean Beauty products and brands in your Must-Haves list.

Shop wisely. Shop Clean Beauty now.


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