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Colourant Free Beauty

A colourant (colour additive) is a substance that is added or applied to change the colour of a material, food or surface. In cosmetics, they can be found in a wide range of products, including hair care, skin care and makeup.

From the red tint in a blusher to the green hue of a mint-flavoured toothpaste, colourants are used to make a product look more appealing. They're to thank for the makeup palettes and lipsticks available today too.

In cosmetics, colourants fall into organic or inorganic, which can be both produced synthetically (in a laboratory). Hair and makeup lovers come across the terms dyes and pigments all the time, which are both different types of colourants.

See our colourant free guide to answer your questions like why is there a need for colourant free beauty products and what are the skin care benefits of colourant free beauty products.

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Elizabeth Arden Blue Grass Eau De Parfum
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Paula's Choice Clinical 1% Retinol Treatment
£47.63 £54.13
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Eucerin AtoControl Face Care Cream
£9.57 £15.50
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Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronised Multi-Recovery Complex Serum
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Elizabeth Arden Hyaluronic Acid Ceramide Capsules Hydra Plumping Serum
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Elizabeth Arden Vitamin C Ceramide Capsules Radiance Renewal Serum
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£41.03 £46.63
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£5.56 £9.00
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£26.50 £28.95
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£68.30 £69.75
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£89.00 £125.00
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£11.75 £16.00
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Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Supercharged Complex
£39.50 £48.00
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£11.00 £21.00
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Paula's Choice Resist Youth-Extending Daily Hydrating Fluid SPF 50
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DKNY Be Delicious Moisturising Body Mousse
£12.99
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Elizabeth Arden Retinol Ceramide Capsules Line Erasing Night Serum
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Jurlique Moisture Plus Rare Rose Lotion
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Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Nourishing Lip Balm
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Estée Lauder Pleasures For Men Cologne
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Paula's Choice Clear Pore Normalising Cleanser
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Paula's Choice Resist 10% Niacinamide Booster
Paula's Choice Resist 10% Niacinamide Booster
£36.63 £41.63
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£19.00 £20.00
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£39.00 £49.00
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T3 SinglePass Curl 32mm
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Isle of Paradise Hyaluronic Infused Self-Tan Mitt
Isle of Paradise Hyaluronic Infused Self-Tan Mitt
£4.92 £5.95
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Paula's Choice Clinical Niacinamide 20% Treatment
Paula's Choice Clinical Niacinamide 20% Treatment
£40.29 £45.79
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Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Lotion Exfoliant
Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Lotion Exfoliant
£27.83 £31.63
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Colourant Free

Frequently Asked Questions about Colourant Free products

Why is there a need for colourant free beauty products?

Despite the sparkle and attraction produced by colourants, there has been a number of cases where consumers have reacted badly to products containing colourants. Many synthetic colours used to contain a variety of poisonous chemicals like lead, arsenic, and tar – the latter of which has been known to cause cancer and hyperactivity in children.

Although colour additives are now tightly regulated due to the risks of these ingredients, some consumers prefer not to have any of these substances associated with their skin or hair care regimes.

What are the skin care benefits of colourant free beauty products?

Colourant free products do not contain any of the harsh ingredients discussed and are therefore safe to use. The absence of colourants in these products does not compromise the formulations' effectiveness either.

For example, not only do colourant free hair care products leave your tresses soft and manageable, but they are great for sensitive scalps and delicate on easily irritated skin as well. These comforting results can be seen in other colourant free products, such as makeup removers, serums and moisturisers.

What are the drawbacks of colourant free beauty products?

There are no negative side effects of using colourant free products; in fact, those with sensitive skin will likely experience positive effects when using colourant free skin and body care.

However, the use of colours in cosmetics canhave its pros. The shades and tints often have an emotional pull for many consumers and can add to the aesthetic effect of the product.

Who should use colourant free beauty products?

Those who have sensitive skin or are prone to allergies should consider using colourant free products.

What ingredients do colourant free beauty products go well with?

If you're using colourant free products, you're probably concerned about irritation. Fortunately, there are some colourant free products that are fragrance free too, giving you the ultimate peace of mind if your skin is extra sensitive.

How often should I use colourant free beauty products?

The restrictions on certain colour additives give consumers some peace of mind when using products with colourants. And in some cases, particularly with makeup, it's nearly impossible to find products that are colourant free.

However, when it comes to moisturisers, serums and balms, there is an abundance of colourant free options, making it easy to incorporate it into your daily skin regime.

Alex Bryson

Written by Alex Bryson, Beauty Editor

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