Lately there has been a movement toward anything “clean”. Clean house cleaning products, clean eating, and even clean skincare. Obviously, the concern here is taking the unknown “stuff” out of our products. Kind of like Marie Kondo-ing our skincare ingredients. But what does “clean skincare” really MEAN?

For example, did you know there’s a difference between natural, organic, and clean skincare? Not going to lie, I always thought those terms were pretty interchangeable. According to an article in Shape magazine here, “Natural is mostly used to describe the purity of ingredients”. Whereas with clean products, the ingredients can be synthetic, they just can’t include anything bad. Sephora states that in order to be listed as “clean”, they must be free of sulfates SLS and SLES, parabens, formaldehydes, formaldehyde-releasing agents, phthalates, mineral oil, retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, coal tar, hydroquinone, triclosan, and triclocarban.

Of course, people search for clean skincare for so many different reasons. Some have sensitive skin and get crazy reactions from certain products. Others are just trying to stay away from harmful chemicals in general. In fact, I have a friend who just had a baby and is looking to incorporate more clean and natural products in every way possible. She decided if products aren’t good for babies, they probably aren’t good for adults anyway. However, my journey to clean skincare products was a bit different. I fell in love with them by accident.

When I search for new products, all I care about is their effectiveness. Of course super cute packaging and amazing ingredients are a bonus. My first foray into clean skincare was with Drunk Elephant. I immediately fell in love with their entire line and have had the most wonderful results.

Another favorite clean skincare brand is Summer Fridays. I’ve told you guys about both their Jet Lag mask and their R+R mask before. (You can read about Jet Lag here and R+R here.) Jet Lag totally saved my skin this winter. It is so hydrating and amazing.

Herbivore is another fantastic clean brand. I’ve used their rose water spray, rose facial roller, and several different face oils. Plus. I’ve heard their Blue Tansy mask is fantastic.

Clean skincare isn’t just limited to your bedtime routine either. There is even clean sunscreen! And you know how I feel about wearing sunscreen every day. Not only is Supergoop my all time favorite sunscreen (again, more about that here), but it’s a clean brand as well! Who knew?

Ultimately, I am a huge fan of clean skincare. Not only because they are good for my skin and don’t contain scary stuff, but also because they work. What are your thoughts on clean skincare products? Do you use any? Let me know in the comments below!


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