One of the latest beauty that is trending on the internet now is ‘clean beauty’. Now more so than ever – people are increasingly becoming more conscious about health and the environment. Naturally, this prompts us to question the content of the products and the source of these ingredients.
We talk to Dr. Gan Lee Ping, Medical Consultant of Radium Medical Aesthetics as she tells us more about this internet trend and what it actually means.
What is clean beauty?
Simply put, clean beauty is the careful selection of ingredients that are safe, non-toxic and are naturally derived as much as possible, for best results. In other words, products that are considered clean beauty should not contain ingredients that may harm our health, or our environment.
Why is clean beauty important?
The skin is the largest organ in our body and one of the most complicated. On an average adult, the skin weighs about 3.5kg and has an average area of about 22 square feet.
If we make a conscious effort to avoid processed foods containing food additive and artificial ingredients, all the more we should avoid beauty products with a ton of preservatives, synthetic fragrances, and stabilizers, which can irritate our skin or damage the skin barrier in the long run, subsequently, adversely impacting our skin quality and appearance.
How to go ‘clean’ with our beauty routine
It will be worthwhile to review your beauty routine once a year, especially if you have skin sensitivity issues. According to Dr. Gan, it usually takes about 6 months to reap the benefits and notice improvements in your skin.
Be patient and try not to switch out your products for something else if you have been using the products for less than a year.
For a start, do an ingredient check by reading the labels on your products. Common ingredients you should avoid are parabens, synthetic fragrances, sulfates, formaldehydes, silica etc.
It can be difficult to find skincare products in the market that don’t contain some sort of added fragrance. Very often, fragrance is added to skincare products to mask the unpleasant aroma of the products, especially if the ingredients are natural. Skincare manufacturers add fragrance to enhance the user’s experience and enjoyment.
In such cases, try to look for products that use naturally derived fragrances and essential oils so that chances of adverse reactions will be reduced.
You may also want to use nutrient-dense ingredients, while avoiding harmful chemicals, to support and nourish the skin’s microbiome for effective results.
A good example is Radium’s Serenity Skin Restoration Mask which is suitable for all skin types. It places emphasis on natural and botanical-derived ingredients.
This sheet mask is soaked in deep ocean water that contains rich minerals perfect for boosting dry skin. It is infused with the soothing scent of lavender, which really makes for a calming and relaxing experience.
It also has antioxidants extracted from Grapefruit, Morus Alba (White Mulberry) and Centella Asiatica (Pennywort), so that it can calm irritated, angry skin, as well as even out skin tone.
Most people burn a hole in their pockets by buying skincare from large brands. But all the ingredients in their products really beneficial for your skin? You may not experience the adverse effects from these products now, but in the long run, some of these products may do more harm than good for your skin.
As an informed consumer, you should decide what ingredients you want in your skincare, what brand’s philosophy you believe in. Clean beauty is a trend that is here to stay for a long time. Clean beauty is about conscious living and to be responsible for the environment and your health. So why not start now?