How to Transition to a Clean Beauty Routine
Photo by Alesia Kozik
Having a clean beauty routine is becoming a new trend– and for good reason! Not only does clean beauty result in great skincare benefits, but it also does good for the planet!
But transitioning from your current skincare regimen to a clean beauty routine can feel overwhelming. Where should you start? What should you look for in clean beauty products? Have no fear! I’m here to break it all down for you.
First of all: What is Clean Beauty?
So, you keep hearing the words “clean beauty” over and over again, but what does that even mean? Well, first of all, there’s no one set definition for clean beauty. But at its core, clean beauty is all about returning to the basics. This means focusing on non-toxic, natural ingredients that don’t harm our bodies or the environment!
Removing harmful chemicals from our skincare helps avoid irritation and potentially longtime skin damage. For healthy, glowing, natural skin clean beauty is the way to go!
So, how should you transition to a clean beauty routine? Well, let’s get into it!
Take it Slow!
Above everything, remember to take it slow! There is no need to throw out all of your current beauty products all at once. That would be wasteful– and not to mention, expensive!
Start by taking stock of what you already have and get rid of the products you never use. Then, start transitioning to clean beauty products as you run out of the things you’re already using! Almost to the end of that moisturizer bottle? Great! Time to start looking for a clean beauty alternative to try next!
Do your Research
Before just going along with any brand that claims to have clean ingredients, do your research! Take the time to read ingredient labels and the fine print. When you can, look for companies committed to cruelty-free and vegan practices, as well as packaging that’s recyclable!
Remember to consider your own skin sensitivities too. Are you allergic to any ingredients? Do you have dry skin? Oily skin? These criteria can help narrow down your search fast!
There are also some common ingredients to keep an eye out for when reading your skincare labels. A good rule of thumb is if you can’t pronounce it maybe look for something else!
Some red-flag ingredients include:
- Parabens (like Propylparaben and Iosbutylparaben)
- Polyethylene (PEGs)
- Diethanolamine (DEA)
- Sulfates (like SLS and SLES)
Get to Sampling!
Unsure what brand to try out first? Pick up some samples! This way you can test multiple products on your skin without the investment or waste that comes with buying the full size right away. From there, you can learn what works well with your skin and stick to it!
Above all, remember to be patient with yourself! Switching to a clean beauty routine is not an instant process. It takes time to transition effectively and sustainably.
Practicing these simple steps over time will lead to lasting results and a positive impact on the environment. You can do it!