No matter your skin type or concern, there’s a clean beauty product out there for you. Are you wondering what constitutes clean beauty? Sadly, the skin care industry regularly uses ingredients that are linked to harmful health effects, ranging from hormone disruptors to carcinogens (substances that promote cancer), skin irritants and downright poisonous substances. Many of us have used products that caused a rash or redness and oftentimes, this can be because of the use of certain ingredients.
Here is a non-exhaustive list of some of the offenders: parabens, synthetic fragrances or colouring, BHT, BHA, alcohols, mineral oils, silicones, asbestos, phthalates and hydroquinone. Get into the habit of reading the ingredient lists of your skin care and makeup products so you can be aware of what you are applying onto your skin, and ultimately, what is getting absorbed into your body. You can and should always look up ingredients on the Internet that you are unsure about.
Clean beauty implies a mindful and non-toxic formulation of products. However, it’s important to keep in mind that there is no international body or association that qualifies products as clean. Different ingredients are banned in the USA than in Europe. In India, many companies don’t even state their entire ingredient lists, which is shocking and unacceptable. Instead, they only list “key ingredients” and thus products which contain just a few natural ingredients and a whole lot of non-natural and synthetic fillers get away with marketing themselves as natural. Awareness on the part of the consumers (that’s you!) will be a key factor in changing this.
Clean beauty products are created specifically keeping in mind both the health of the person using them, but also the environmental impact. For example, many products contain tiny plastic microbeads, widely known to have a disastrous impact on marine life as well as humans who in turn consume seafood that has toxic qualities brought about by the ingestion of these microbeads. India’s ban on microbeads will come into effect in 2020.
Health & Glow carries a wide range of clean beauty brands. Read on for our product recommendations by skin concern.
Indian brand Enn makes a lightweight and non-greasy rose and aloe face cream perfect for oilier skins. ENN Rose Ultra Light Hyderating Cream
This grapefruit face wash rejuvenates and thoroughly cleanses oily skin. PureSense Rejuvenating Grapefruit Revitalising Face Cleansing Gel
Cleansers can easily worsen dry skin. This macadamia oil cleanser cleans while providing effective moisturization. PureSense Relaxing Macadamia Deep Nourishing Face Cleansing Oil
Biotique has been doing clean beauty since way before it became a buzzword. Try out their quince seen moisturiser to deeply nourish dry skin. Biotique Bio Quince Seed Nourishing Face Massage Cream
Just Herbs is a natural, cruelty-free Indian brand. Their anti-blemish gel keeps skin clear and evens out skin tone. Just Herbs Blemigel Anti-Blemish Gel
Azafan’s anti-blemish soap is fortified with Australian tea tree, known for being a powerful anti-acne ingredient. Azafran Australian Tea Tree Anti Blemish Soap
Enn’s baby blue skin brightening mask makes skin smooth and radiant. ENN Illuminous Skin Brightening Face Mask
Khadi’s affordable sandalwood face pack helps even out pigmentation. Khadi Swati Sandalwood Herbal Face Pack
Korean brand Dot & Key contains a potent blend of natural ingredients that smoothens fine lines and wrinkles. Dot & Key Skin Essentials Night Serum
Just Herbs’ anti-wrinkle gel promotes firm and youthful skin. Just Herbs Plump Up Age Defying Anti-Wrinkle Gel
Biotique’s SPF 50 anti-ageing cream is suitable for all skin types. Biotique Advanced Anti Age BXL Cellular Protection Cream SPF40