What Is Clean Beauty?

The term clean beauty has taken the health and wellness space by storm, but what exactly is it? If you’ve ever wondered if your products are considered to be a part of the clean beauty sphere, or are curious about cleaning up your beauty routine, explore the topic of clean beauty in today’s post! 

The Ingredients

The likely culprit of a product being considered a clean beauty product are the ingredients. This type of product is made without ingredients that have been shown to harmfully affect our health, so synthetic ingredients that are known endocrine disruptors (SLS) or carcinogens, are left out. 

Although it’s hard to believe that conventional products still use harmful ingredients, it’s a widely known practice and completely legal. To put things into perspective, the US FDA has only banned 11 ingredients, while the EU has banned upwards of 1,300.


Harmful Ingredients You May Find

If you’re wanting to clean up your beauty products, reading labels is highly important. While there is no set standard of what can and can’t be in a product, it’s in your best interest to do a little research to better understand the chemicals you’ll encounter. 

A few offenders to steer clear of include parabens, fragrance, phthalates, PEGs, BHT, BHA, and ethanolamines. The more ingredients you recognize, along with a shorter ingredient list, the better.


Environmentally Friendly

Generally, clean beauty products will also be more environmentally friendly. The more a product incorporates things found in nature — flowers, plants, etc. — the gentler it is on the planet and the soil and ocean it may absorb into. 

Synthetic ingredients, on the other hand, greatly damage the environment and disrupt fragile ecosystems.



While all beauty products require an ingredient label, clean beauty companies are often more transparent about things like sourcing and country of origin. It’s important to not only look for organic labels, but fair trade, and sustainably sourced products. 


Looking for super effective and luxurious clean beauty products? Connect with Urban Betty to learn more about our in-house salon practices and the products we carry.
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