Do 'Clean Beauty' companies have a dirty secret they're not telling us?

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Many beauty companies now offer products without toxic or suspicious chemicals, but some of these ‘clean’ products have a dirty little secret. 'Clean Beauty' doesn’t have an official definition, and its meaning varies from having vegan, natural, or sustainable ingredients.

According to HuffPost, this vague definition makes it confusing for customers to truly know what’s going into products they use on their skin. So, it's a good idea not to rely on a company’s own claims of safety, and rather think twice about trusting claims like “100% natural” or “paraben free”. 

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Products like essential oils can sometimes trigger allergic reactions for some individuals, while other makeup products contain toxic metals. If used over time, these metals can build up and cause problems that may even affect the organs over time (in extreme cases).

HuffPost also notes that some products contain filler ingredients or plasticisers connected to endocrine disruptors or carcinogens. To avoid being fooled by the clean beauty bandwagon, check a product’s ingredients before buying it. The Guardian reports that a French cosmetics firm created an app that scans an items’ ingredients to inform you of controversial chemicals. 

Sources: Huffington Post, The Guardian

Compiled by Afika Jadezweni 

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