July 15th is National Clean Beauty Day, and unsurprisingly we’re 100% this here at Little Soap!
But what does clean beauty actually mean, and how can we all clean up our beauty routines?
We answer these important questions, plus share a few of our favourite home-made recipes and eco-hacks to help you out on your clean beauty journey.
So, without further ado – here are five little tips for building a clean beauty routine!
What does ‘Clean Beauty’ mean?
There are so many hip and trendy buzz-words doing the rounds right now, and as consumers it can sometimes be hard to sort the meaningful from the fad. So what are we referring to when we say ‘clean beauty’?
Here at Little Soap, we believe clean beauty refers to products you can use without risking your own health, or the health of others around you. Products that are most definitely not tested on animals, and that contain ingredients that are not only safe to use but that are free from harsh chemicals and potentially harmful toxins. Products like the ones we produce and recommend.
How to build a clean beauty routine
Here are our five top tips for building a clean beauty routine:
- Research your products and brands carefully. Brands who are selling truly clean products will be transparent about the ingredients they use, their manufacturing methods and materials used for packaging. You should be able to find information on the company website, but if in doubt reach out to ask questions. Don’t be fooled by the use of ‘buzzwords’ or misleading claims – if you’ve done your research, you should be able to tell quite quickly whether or not a product is clean enough to be used in your beauty routine.
- Know your labels, in particular, the ingredients you need to avoid. While we don’t expect anyone to memorise and understand every single ingredient listed on their products, there are some that raise red flags and should be avoided. So look out for key words such as: parabens, synthetic fragrance, phthalate, sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), synthetic colours, triclosan.
- Look for products that do contain these ingredients: hyaluronic acid, glycerin, panthenol, zinc oxide, vitamin C, alpha hydroxy acids, beta hydroxy acids.
- Keep it simple. You don’t need to go out and completely replace your entire bathroom cabinet either. Use up what you have and replace them with cleaner alternatives as and when needed. Don’t try to ‘learn’ it all – the transition to a cleaner routine can take time, so be ok with that. Start with a gentle cleanser, follow with a moisturiser, apply a sunscreen and take it from there.
- Consider making your own natural skincare products! It’s really not as difficult as it sounds, we promise.
Here are our top three DIY recipes you can try with ingredients you probably already have at home.
This one is so easy to make, and an amazing exfoliator for the skin. Simply mix half a cup of fresh ground coffee with half a cup of brown sugar, half a cup of melted coconut oil and a teaspoon of vanilla essence. Trust us, this smells and feels amazing. Gently rub on the skin (avoid the eyes), rinse well and follow with a good moisturiser.
DIY whipped body butter
We love a good, luxurious all over moisturiser, and even more so when we can make it easily at home ourselves. This one, from Coconut Mama, is one of the best recipes we’ve found. Check out the tutorial here.
Cinnamon and olive oil facial mask
Cinnamon is probably one of the most underrated spices- yet it has so many amazing properties. When it comes to skincare, cinnamon is an amazing antioxidant. Mix a teaspoon (ground) with two tablespoons of olive oil and gently massage into the face. Take your time and enjoy it! Rinse with warm water and pat dry for super smooth and hydrated skin.