Clean Beauty-saving your skin and the planet

What if we looked at beauty products the same way that we looked at food?  You are what you eat philosophy you should look at the products in your daily beauty routine.

“Clean beauty” is a concept quite similar to clean eating – no harmful chemicals and no-nonsense ingredient lists that take hours to read. As the world is slowly becoming more aware of the current environmental situation, it comes as no surprise that the beauty industry has begun to branch out into the “eco-friendly” field.

Made popular by Gwenith Paltrow and her magazine Goop in 2008 more mainstream companies such as Wella and Clarins have picked up the batten and are running with it by introducing vegan and plant-based products such as Wella’s “Care elements” plant-based hair-styling range and Clarins’ “Re-boot” vegan range – the clean phenomenon has well and truly taken off.

Words such as “organic” and “natural” are commonplace, products are paraben-free, sulfate-free and phthalate-free are increasingly popular. Nothing can stop the clean beauty movement now. But why should you choose clean beauty you may ask?

Well if you are like me and you have sensitive skin, you might be aware that products containing synthetic ingredients are more likely to cause irritation and do more harm than good.

The more “natural” and “organic” products use ingredients that are minimally processed and contain fewer contaminants, leading to a happy environment and happy skin. Who wouldn’t want to save the environment and look fabulous while doing it?

You could go to the big brands but we picked the best of value products with big core values, here are some products that you can look at if you are interested in beginning your journey into the “Clean Beauty” world.

Boscia Detoxifying Black Cleanser(£16.98)

If you are looking for the right starter product that is affordable and works, look no further than Boscia and their cleansers. With ingredients such as activated charcoal and artichoke leaf extract, this cleanser both detoxifies and removes excess oil all while reducing and minimising the appearance of pores.

If you are looking for a 100% vegan, cruelty-free and sensitive skin-friendly cleanser then this is the product for you. Grab it on Amazon and browse Boscia for their range of vegan products.

Elemis- Nourishing Omega-Rich Cleansing Oil (£33.00)

This company is fab when it comes to reliable clean products. Their packaging is made from a plastic resin derived from corn to the soy-ink that they use for printing – this product is as clean as it comes.

A combination of Winter Rose and Omega-9 along with some chia seeds, creates a cleanser that both soothes and softens the skin revealing a nourished and radiant complexion.

Bare Minerals- original foundation SPF15 (£28.00)

This foundation is a miracle worker. Designed for all skin types and ethnicities, this powder foundation definitely takes the biscuit.

The lightweight formula makes it breathable and buildable allowing you to choose the coverage that you need based on the occasion.

Bare minerals have an extensive range of earth-friendly products so wander on over if you feel like treating yourself to some top-notch products.

Burt’s Bees- Natural Satin Lipstick (£7.95)

Long-lasting, moisturising, 12-hour coverage, all-natural and comes in 18 shades. What more do you want?

This product is the bees knees-pun intended and should definitely be added to your Amazon wishlist. This company is squeaky clean and brags cruelty-free, sustainable packaging all on top of responsibly sourced ingredients.

RMS Beauty- Luminizer X Quad (£46.00)

Founded by Rose-Marie Swift, this organic make-up line definitely deserves brownie points for the lengths they are taking to save the environment with clean beauty products.  This quad palette offers 4 beautiful highlighters. With the options of Luminizer nude in a beautiful copper gold, Champagne Rosé a gorgeous blush colour, Champagne fizz with a lovely shimmery shade and the original Luminizer X, you are bound to find your new favourite highlighter for your next holiday in the sun, date night or even movie night at home.

Grab yours on Amazon and wow the girls next time with your gorgeous, eco-friendly, shimmering cheekbones.

So why not climb aboard the “Clean Beauty”  train and order a few products- they will do nothing but good for your skin and the environment and you will be on-trend.

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