Skincare Buzzwords? Fret not, here are the 11 buzzwords of 2021

Publish DateJun 02, 2021

The natural skincare market has boomed in the last few decades.  

Concurrently, people have become more and more aware and conscious of what’s inside their skincare products to make informed decisions about what they put on their skin.   

With this, numerous skincare companies have emerged with their products to meet the new demands of safe and natural skincare ingredients.   

Consumers are now bombarded with a plethora of new information, claims, and options.   

To make your journey to the stores a tad bit easier, we scoured the internet to create a list of 11 natural skincare buzzwords of 2021.   

1. Organic    

The label ‘organic’ on skincare products refers to cosmetics using ingredients grown via organic farming. Organic farming refers to an agricultural method that includes no synthetic fertilizers, growth hormones, antibiotics, genetic engineering, and sewage slug.   

Different countries have different regulatory bodies for quality control of organic skincare products.   

For instance, in the United States, a brand must comply with the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Organic Program (NOP) for the “organic” level and FDA regulations for labeling and safety requirements for cosmetics.    

2. Paraben-free   

Parabens are chemical preservatives added to stop the proliferation of microorganisms like bacteria in our products.   

Traditionally, the beauty industry has used paraben extensively in its products. But with the increasing concern regarding the health and safety of everyday products, paraben-free has become a buzzword in the world of beauty.   

Paraben-free refers to products free of such preservative chemicals to address concerns regarding long-term exposure of such chemicals to our bodies.  

The scientific community hasn’t reached a consensus regarding this, and, at present FDA has no regulation regarding paraben use in cosmetics.   

3. Phthalate-free   

Phthalates are chemicals present in a wide variety of household items, personal-care products, household cleaners, fragrances, and food.      

Recent years witnessed a new wave of research highlighting the harmful impacts of paraben on our health and its link to diseases and illnesses such as cancer and obesity.   

Although regulations are not yet in place, those who wish to avoid it can easily explore the range of phthalate-free cosmetics available in the market.   

4. Sulfate-free   

Sodium lauryl sulfate is the most commonly used sulfate-based ingredient present in personal care products such as soap due to its deep cleansing and foam creation properties.    

Heavily used in products such as shampoo, toothpaste
, and so on, sulfates might cause various skin allergies and conditions due to more prolonged exposure.    

Sulfate-free refers to products without sulfates.   

5. Toxin-free or nontoxic    

The label “Toxin-free or nontoxic” is just a marketing claim. This term is unregulated and doesn’t guarantee safety. Companies usually use this term to suggest that a product is safe.   

6. Plant-based   

This refers to formulas made with ingredients derived from plants.   

7. Vegan  

Those with ingredients neither animal-derived nor tested on animals are referred to as vegan.     

8. Cruelty-free   

This indicates that the finished products are not tested on animals.   

9. Sustainable  

Products considered to be safe for people and the planet are labeled as sustainable.   

But take notice that any product can be called sustainable if one or some of the ingredients are sustainable, for example, just packaging.   

10. Chemical-Free   

This refers to products that are chemically free.    

This label is highly contested because, according to experts, nothing can be 100% chemical-free. 

11. Blue Light Protection   

Bluelight is a fresh buzzword referring to the blue light-emitting from any kind of electronic device that causes skin damage.   

Recent studies indicate that this can cause a 40% increase in photo-ageing.   

Author: Somrita Ganchoudhuri


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