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Have you noticed that nowadays almost every skincare product on the store’s shelf is labeled clean, cruelty-free, organic, vegan, or sustainable? Oftentimes they have an icon of a green leaf, which makes you think right away that these products are safe for the environment. Am I right? Well, surprise, surprise: not all of those labels mean that a particular product is good for the planet.
As we are entering 2022, one of the main concerns our society is dealing with is obviously climate change. People are tackling this issue with various ideas: zero-waste movement, switching to veganism, or, what we are actually doing at Clean Beauty Spot, using skincare products that are safe for the environment. If you need help deciphering the meaning behind the labels put on skincare products, this article is just for you.
DON’T PANIC, IT’S ORGANIC
Before we begin with explaining what organic skincare product is, you need to understand how the ingredient lists are created. Manufacturers list ingredients from highest to lowest percentage. They can also list ingredients at random, or place ingredients under 1% in any order they choose. However, there is no legal definition or requirement regarding labeling a product as being organic.
Confusing, right? So what makes organic products different from the others on the store’s shelf? Organic cosmetics carry certification from USDA, which basically means that the product was made from ingredients produced, handled, and packaged to a certain standard.
Since veganism means avoiding animal by-products, the same holds for vegan skincare products. Vegan means a product has no ingredients such as beeswax, carmine, etc. The lack of animal byproducts does not always mean that the product is cruelty-free too. A product can be cruelty-free and not vegan, and vice versa. A lot of cruelty-free products still contain animal byproducts.
In order to make sure you are using both vegan and cruelty-free products is to look for the Leaping Bunny logo which is the only internationally recognized symbol guaranteeing no animal testing was carried out in developing the product.
What makes a brand sustainable? While the term itself is still very broad and unfortunately is very often used more as the means of marketing, I follow a couple of criteria that help me decide whether a particular brand or product is sustainable or not:
- The company practices ethical sourcing of ingredients (e.g. from sustainable plantations) and uses renewable materials.
- The packaging is eco-friendly.
- The brand has a recycling program.
- The brand has proper accreditations.
- The products are not tested on animals (aka they are cruelty-free).
Hopefully, I managed to help you decipher the true meaning behind the labels you see on skincare products. Each label on your product leads to a different story that every skincare brands want to show you. The only question that I will leave with is weather the brands tell us the whole truth about their practices?
Till next time!
Since I became a mom, I have met with a lot of understanding from my family. For holidays, I am no longer obligated to bring a home-cooked dish, because I am busy with my kiddo. For family gatherings in our house, I no longer get pity looks on how messy my apartment is: “you’re a full-time working Mom, you probably don’t have time to clean after work”. When it comes to being on time, no one gives me lectures on being late because you know…getting ready with a toddler is not easy, etc., etc. In the beginning, the thought of not having to cook/clean/be on time scared me. In the past, I’ve felt pressured to have all my life in order: health & beauty detoxed, diet on check-point, routines and active lifestyle on check, career deadlines on check. I was a multitasking type A personality, going to the gym, reading books, watching niche and independent movies, believing that this is what is EXPECTED from me… Suddenly, it all changed. It took me some time to realize, that no one expected anything from me, and this is when a full reset started. I finally stopped giving a sheet. Not fully, but I stopped living for perfection. Call me crazy, call me lazy, but thanks to this I learned how to let it go.
The reset influenced all major areas of my life: I no longer took part in an imaginary cooking show, where every dinner had to be a healthy masterpiece prepared under 30 minutes. I no longer felt obligated to organize and label things in my apartment (hello OCD!), and finally I no longer felt I need to look like a model. Of course, I like to take care of myself, but I no longer go on guilt trips when I commit “skincare sins”. What are my sins? Nothing major, I would probably get by in front of the skincare judges panel but remember that we are talking here about me - miss independent who had time for everything. Now, it’s not the case.
Sin #1: I DON'T SHAPE MY EYEBROWS.
Here, I said it. There is a funny story about my eyebrows from the time when I was 13 years old and I started discovering the secrets of the beauty world. I was completely fascinated with photos with models and their perfect eyebrows and for some weird reason, I figured that they must shave them to get that beautiful arch. So, I shaved half of my eyebrows. Yup. I looked like a weirdo and since then, the hair in the eyebrows area has been weak. They never grew stronger or darker. I tried tons of treatments; I went to estheticians who would help me grow them back, but nope. This is the way they are.
Sin #2: I DO ABSOLUTELY NOTHING ABOUT MY UNDEREYES DARK CIRCLES.
Don’t get me wrong: I use eye patches, but not with the intention of getting rid of my dark circles. I simply gave up on any sort of eye creams promising me to remove those panda eyes. Those circles are a result of many sleepless nights that I spent either studying, hanging out with my friends, or overanalyzing something until 3 am. Then you can add the motherhood which smashed me and left me severely sleep-deprived; Plus, the genes and we have a nice formula for something that is now a part of me, almost like my post-pregnancy stretch marks.
Sin #3: I DON'T ALWAYS DRINK 8 GLASSES OF WATER PER DAY.
Do you know what it feels like to wake up on Saturday at 6:40 am and chase your toddler from 6:41 am till 8:30 pm? I do. Sometimes, I barely have time to sit down so on some days drinking water becomes a challenge. I am completely aware of the importance of drinking water, but life happens.
Sin #4: I DON'T ALWAYS EXFOLIATE MY SKIN OR SHAVE MY LEGS.
Again: HERE, I SAID IT. I feel like this is something that a lot of women will understand. Especially in winter.
Sin #5: I HATE GETTING PEDICURES (and I don’t do one).
I know, I know: it looks corny when you only have a manicure done, but your toenails look like hobbits. I simply hate when someone does something to my feet. Plus, when you add filing, scrubbing, even the massage… it all gives me a weird feeling.
And that’s it. That’s the end of my confession and I hope I made you feel a little bit more relaxed about your own routine or no routine. Why I decided to share some of the very intimate details from my life? As a part of my therapy, I want to show you that it is possible to live with imperfections and accept them. My skin is always going to have its ups and downs. And I am accepting it. I am finally at peace with myself and my skin.