Most of us know by now that the majority of conventional makeup is bad for our skin and health. They contain artificial colorants, fragrances, and other potentially harmful chemicals. The beauty industry is one of the most unregulated industries, there is no approval needed from the FDA for cosmetic products to enter the market, can you believe that? You can only imagine where the opportunity presents itself to use artificial and harmful ingredients in the name of convenience… There have been many recent studies that show negative health effects like cancer and skin irritation stemming from makeup.
If you’ve read my previous blog post, You know I am always here with positive answers and solutions! So not to worry, if you are concerned about using harmful makeup products, you’ve come to the right place! I will be talking about the benefits of switching to non-toxic cosmetic products and touch on some of my favorite ones!
Let’s dig in!
NATURAL MAKEUP IS MADE WITHOUT HARMFUL CHEMICALS.
Many people use toxic makeup on a regular basis without realizing that your body is absorbing the harmful chemicals and how this can negatively affect your body in the long run.
Your skin is one of the largest and highly intricate organs you have. The top layer of skin is called the epidermis, and it consists of five different cell layers. The top cell layer is the stratum corneum, a healthy stratum corneum can absorb about 20% of its volume. The longer a product sits on your skin, the more ingredients can pass through the stratum corneum and make their way through your body.
On the other hand, natural makeup typically does not contain harmful ingredients such as: perfluorochemicals, acrylamide, styrene, phthalates, parabens, 1,4-dioxane, heavy metals, hormone-disrupting chemical sunscreens or Triclosan. Non-toxic cosmetics can also be free of BHA and BHT, DEA-related ingredients, formaldehyde-releasing preservatives, fragrance, petrolatum, and siloxanes. Making it safe for everyday use into your makeup routine!
PROTECT FROM PREMATURE AGING.
Makeup made with natural minerals provides a certain level of sun protection. As we know, the sun is one of the most major factors of premature aging. Using a mineral rich, organic cosmetic product helps support healthy, youthful looking skin. Many organic products provide antioxidants like our “No Makeup Foundation Serum SPF 20” from Perricone MD that's filled with powerful bisabolol, a skin-brightening antioxidant (my favorite non-makeup look foundation honestly). You can’t go wrong when choosing a makeup that contains added nutritive components and herbal extracts.
GENTLE ON YOUR SKIN
And as a holistic esthetician, this one hits home. Non-toxic makeup is gentler on your skin! This is one of the main reasons for advocating organic cosmetics. Why would you want to choose harsh chemicals on your skin that are not only dangerous for both your health and the earth but also rough on your skin? In my opinion, that would be the cherry on top for me! I personally have very sensitive skin and opted to not wear makeup in the past because of how negatively my skin would react to it. Wearing foundation or a simple blush would result in breakouts or skin rashes, very unpleasant if you ask me!
In the last couple of years, I have switched all my makeup to natural, non-toxic makeup and my skin couldn't be any happier. My ultimate go-to brand for natural skincare is Mad Hippie. Their concealer is filled with peptides & antioxidants, these minerals in this concealer actually work to help rejuvenate and reduce the appearance of skin dislocation over time!
Another one of my favorites that I wear on a daily basis is their Cheek & Lip Tint. It has jojoba and shea butter to keep your skin hydrated while the sea buckthorn berry & blueberry provide antioxidant support.