by Magdalena Durkin, 13 year old student writer
Clean beauty products are better for you and can help you bring your skin back to life in the spring. This article will include what is different about clean beauty products, what chemicals are bad in beauty products, clean beauty products brands and where to find them, and lastly how to make your own natural moisturizer.
What chemicals are bad in beauty products
Beauty products might make you look pretty, but the ingredients in them can be really bad for you. According to Business Insider some toxic ingredients are added during the making of beauty products, while product companies put other chemicals into the makeup to help with absorption, shine, shimmer, or a non-greasy feel. You may be surprised but toxic makeup is nothing new. The ancient Greeks used metals on their skin as makeup, and queens in Egypt wore black eye makeup that was made with lead. Some chemicals in beauty products are asbestos which is cancer causing, mercury which can damage your kidneys and your nervous system, phthalates which can mimic or block the hormones in females, and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) which can irritate your eyes, lungs, or skin. While it may be hard to believe that beauty companies would ever include bad chemicals for you in their products, it is a sad fact that they do.
What is different about clean beauty products
Clean beauty is different from regular beauty products. First, they don’t have bad chemicals, second, they are made with things that are good for the planet and lastly they will do good for your skin. According to goop.com, clean beauty products are good for your health and skin. It’s still common for beauty products companies to add bad chemicals for you in the products, and sadly it is still legal. Clean beauty can make your skin glow without having serious affects later in life, like cancer.
Clean beauty products brands and where to find them
Now that I have talked about clean beauty products you might want to know what brands make clean beauty products and where you can find them. Some examples are:
According to Almay, they are an effortless, clean, hypoallergenic makeup with nothing to hide brand.
E.L.F. Cosmetics Charcoal Hydrogel Under Eye Mask. Buy online at E.L.F.
According to honest brand reviews, “Elf Cosmetics is a makeup brand known for its affordable yet high-quality products. Standing for ‘Eyes, Lips, Face,’ this company has everything you need to get a glam or natural look”.
Burt’s Bees Daily Face Moisturizer for Sensitive Skin. Get at Burt’s Bees
Burt’s Bees says, “Our team has long advocated for clear natural standards and has helped advance the development of the first international consensus-based guidelines for natural and organic cosmetic products. [International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 16128 – Guidelines on Technical Definitions and Criteria for Natural and Organic Cosmetic Ingredients and Products].”
Other natural brands
Love Beauty and Planet Delightful Detox Charcoal Shampoo Scrub can be found online at lovebeautyandplanet.com. Method Body Wash which you can get online at Target and at some Target stores by you. The last one I will put on this list is Babo Botanicals Clear Zinc Sport Stick which you can get in person at Target or online at Babo Botanicals.
Babo Botanicals says, “At Babo Botanicals, we see each of our smallest actions as opportunities to live in better harmony with nature, and with each other. We believe in the cumulative effects of these everyday actions to make a positive impact on our planet, whether it’s recycling what we use, conserving water or using more natural personal care and household products.”
Natural face moisturizer recipe
Now that I have talked about all about clean beauty products here is a recipe to make your own clean face moisturizer.
Ingredients & materials:
- Olive or other oil (infused or not)
- Coconut oil
- Shea butter or coconut butter, or mango butter
- Essential oil
- Hand mixer or stand up mixer OR food processor
Natural Face Moisturizer Recipe Steps:
- Gather all of your materials.
- Put your mixing bowl in freezer or fridge to chill
- Melt your butter over low heat, then set aside to cool slightly
- Once the melted butter has cooled slightly our into chill mixing bowl and add your oil
- Put back in freezer or fridge for 5-10 min
- Use your mixer to whip your butters and oil 1-5 min
- Put back in freezer or fridge to chill for 1-5 min
- Alternate between mixing and chilling every 1-5 min, the mixture should change from transparent to milky to creamy
- Continue until it is thick, white and looks like whipped cream.
- When you reach the consistency you want, put in a container and put it in the fridge to cure overnight.
In conclusion these are some facts about clean beauty products and some reasons why they might be better than regular beauty products. I hope you enjoyed reading it and learned something about clean beauty products, too. I learned a lot about beauty products while writing this article and had a lot of fun but at the same time it was really hard to do the research and find information on clean beauty.