The clean beauty movement is here to stay.
According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), people use around 10 beauty products a day which adds up to over 126 ingredients that come into contact with our skin. “We live in an environment where there are tons of chemicals everywhere, and it’s impossible to live a chemical-free life. Though I think it’s good to try to limit the number of chemicals we’re exposed to,” advises Rebecca Baxt, board-certified dermatologist based in New Jersey.
Growing awareness of ingredients formulated in cosmetics and concerns over the impact they may have on our health has rallied the beauty community to stand up against unsafe toxic chemicals. Research has shown that some compounds such as parabens and lead have carcinogenic properties and can disrupt our endocrine system. As such, we have put together 4 simple steps that you can take to build a safe and clean beauty routine.
Step 1: Declutter Your Existing Beauty Routine
Less is more. With high performing cosmetics offered by Luxury by Sofia, you can achieve stunning looks with minimal products. Your skincare routine essential should include a gentle cleanser, treatment serum, moisturizer and an organic sunscreen. Examine your current skincare steps and eliminate products if they deliver similar benefits to others. Toss out expired beauty products and clean up your vanity space so that no bacteria or dust is transferred to your complexion when you apply your products.
Using multi-action products is a great way to streamline your routine. For example, our Organic Anti-Aging Ceramide Serum not only reverses signs of aging with its breakthrough Ceramide technology, it also gently exfoliates your complexion which removes the need to use an additional exfoliator.
Choosing versatile multi-purpose makeup can reduce the amount of ingredients your complexion is exposed to. We recommend our All Natural Cream Blush For Lip & Cheek which can be used on your lips, cheeks and eyes. Our Royal Lipstick doubles up as a lip liner so you can skip an extra step!
Step 2: Avoid These Toxic Ingredients
Keep your skincare routine free of harmful chemicals by staying away from these common skin irritants. These skincare ingredients are known to cause skin aggravations, such as redness and stinging sensation, especially for people with sensitive skin.
- Synthetic Fragrances
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)
Read Clean Beauty Blacklist: Top 9 Ingredients To Avoid to discover a comprehensive list of toxic ingredients.
Step 3: Incorporate These Clean Ingredients
When building a clean beauty routine, keep an eye out for these clinically proven ingredients that do wonders for your skin without irritating it. Luxury by Sofia has got you covered as these transformative skincare ingredients are infused in our luxurious Age Defying and Vitamin skincare range.
- Matrixyl 3000
- Hyaluronic Acid
- Vitamin C
- Glycolic Acid (AHA)
Natural plant-derived skincare ingredients are safe and deliver a myriad of benefits to address your skin concerns.
- Jojoba Seed Oil
- Shea Butter
- Sunflower Seed Oil
- Aloe Leaf Juice Extract
- Coconut Oil
- Safflower Oil
Non-nano mineral compounds such as Zinc Oxide are good options as well. They are not small enough to be absorbed into your skin and bloodstream. Organic All Natural Zinc Sunscreen is one such product that is powered by non-nano Zinc Oxide which stays on top of your skin to diffuse light for maximum sun protection.
Step 4: Adjust Your Skincare Routine
Just because a set of products work well does not mean that they are suitable for you all year round. Monitor changes to your skin regularly to adjust your routine if need be. During colder seasons, you may find that a creamier moisturizer works better at keeping your skin hydrated than a lightweight gel moisturizer. You may also notice that you are breaking out more or have fine lines forming. In such instances, you may wish to include anti-blemish or anti-aging products into your beauty routine.
There is no one-size-fits-all beauty routine. Social chatter may be helpful in shortlisting products that people generally love but you will have to try it our yourself and pay attention to how your skin reacts. Starting a clean beauty routine is easy with Luxury by Sofia.