You exercise regularly and eat right, taking care to avoid processed foods and limit sugar, but what have you done to clean up your skincare routine?
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If you're thinking about cleaning up your beauty routine, skincare is the perfect place to start.
Consider this: your skin is your biggest organ and covers the largest surface area of your body. Research shows that your skin absorbs what's put on it, and those ingredients can even end up in your bloodstream. So it makes sense that you'd want to put as much thought into what you put on your body as you do what you put in your body.
Decoding skincare labels isn't easy. Luckily, brands are stepping up to consumer demand and offering increased transparency around the ingredients they're using. The Clean at Sephora seal makes it easy to spot brands and products that are free of unwanted ingredients.
So what's out? There are the usual suspects like sulfates, parabens, formaldehydes and phthalates, but Clean at Sephora goes a step further to ensure products in this category are also free of questionable ingredients like mineral oil, retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, coal tar, hydroquinone, triclosan and triclocarban. Research on these ingredients is limited, meaning experts can't say for sure whether they're safe or not. Clean at Sephora helps consumers shop on the safe side, highlighting products that don't include these ingredients.
Ready to revamp your skincare routine? Get started with these clean skincare essentials.
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Clean essential: A refreshing facial mist
Use this toning mist to set makeup, tighten pores after cleansing or as a refreshing afternoon pick-me-up at the office. The limited edition pink frosted bottle features etchings of the formula's plant-based ingredients including pink roses, grapes, rosemary and mint.
Caudalie Limited Edition Beauty Elixir, $64Photo Credit: Sephora
Thanks to a surprise ingredient (clay!), this mist refreshes skin while keeping shine in check. Its unique liquid powder formula features skin-purifying Okinawa Clay, as well as Japanese wild rose and Japanese Seagrass to minimize the appearance of pores and balance skin hydration levels.
Tatcha The Satin Skin Mist, $62
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Clean essential: A retinol alternative
Want the powerful anti-aging benefits of a retinol, without the side effects? Enter bakuchiol, an all-natural, plant-based retinol alternative. Bakuchiol acts like retinol by smoothing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, but it has no sensitizing or irritating effects. Thanks to the addition of Tremella Mushroom, Herbivore's Bakuchiol hydrates and softens skin.
Herbivore Bakuchiol, $71Photo Credit: Sephora
This vegan, cruelty-free and gluten-free product combines the power of bakuchiol with two ultra-hydrating ingredients: hyaluronic acid and squalane.
Biossance Squalane + Phyto-Retinol Serum, $95
8 Simple Swaps to Clean Up Your Skincare, Source:https://www.besthealthmag.ca/best-looks/skin/8-simple-swaps-to-clean-up-your-skincare/