Beauty / Feature

What is the difference between clean and natural beauty? An investigation

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Beauty is very personal. When trying to decide between ‘natural’ or ‘clean’ beauty products it's very important to do your research and see what is right for you.

Natural products differ from clean products as they use the highest quality organic ingredients sourced from the environment. These ingredients and materials are safe, generally for an overall holistic sense of well being. They are environmentally friendly, cruelty free and sustainable. However, just as people can be allergic to certain foods, some natural products and ingredients may not be right for you.

Clean beauty is defined differently by different brands and people. However, clean beauty usually contains some synthetic or active ingredients which makes them different from natural products. Which means product can be classified as clean if they fit any or all these categories:

  • Free from parabens, sulphates including SLS, SLES and phthalates, mineral oil, silicones
  • Synthetic fragrances
  • Eco friendly
  • Sustainable
  • Cruelty free
  • Vegan

However, no one can really regulate these claims and there is no scientific evidence that clean beauty products are any better for you.

I personally like to use a combination of both natural and clean products. I feel active ingredients like Vitamin A, Vitamin C and AHA’s which are present in clean beauty products, give excellent results for anti ageing, brightening and strengthening the skin's colour and texture.

The truth is that everything around us is a chemical! Just like there are good and bad chemicals, there are good and bad natural and synthetic ingredients. Therefore do your research and speak to a professional.

Mecca , Sephora and Net-A-Porter (NETSUSTAIN) have a sustainable, clean beauty platform to make it easier for you to find the perfect product. Be Naturally You have the most pure and effective products currently available. 

Some of my favourite clean beauty products are:

REN Ready Steady Glow is a great blend of lactic acid and salicin from willow bark for a glowing complexion.

REN Glow Daily Vit C gel with its powerful Vitamin C to hydrate and brighten the skin.

Biossance Squalane Phyto-Retinol serum contains a plant derived retinol alternative for sensitive skin or people who don’t want to use a synthetic retinol. 

Biossance Squalane + Antioxidant Cleansing oil is a great gentle oil cleanser.

Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day serum is a super potent vitamin C serum.

Dr Dennis Gross Stress Rescue Super serum with the barrier boosting wonder ingredient niacinamide which is a form of vitamin B3. 

Ultra Violette sunscreens.

Some of my favourite natural beauty brands and products are:

Tata Harper Regenerating cleanser gives a natural buff and polish cleanser.

RMS Beauty has great colours and textures.

Living Libations beautiful natural lip and cheek stains.

Josh Rosebrook Nutrient Tinted Day cream adjusts skin tone and brightens the skin.