Guide to Safe Cosmetics:

The Guide to Safe Cosmetics: 10 Answers to Your Questions

In Health by Editorial Staff0 CommentsLast Updated: October 5th, 2017

The best makeup a girl can wear is a smile, that’s a fact.—but a little touch of style never hurt nobody right?!— Makeup can’t be a bad thing as long as you’re aware of who you really are and satisfied with the natural you. It can be your fun additive but you should never treat it as an essential or some sort of basic element in your life.

Now, the most important thing with putting makeup on your face is not how you apply your eyeliner or lipstick—well, of course, no one wants to look like a clown after a long session of makeup! But you got to know what exactly you’re applying on your face.

In other words, you need to know if your make up contains any harsh chemicals or not, but, in order to succeed at being a smart consumer, you have to recollect and correct all your information about this topic. —Got to bust the myths!

Okay, First things first…

All you need to know about safe skin care products

What is regular makeup?

Regular makeup (or traditional or synthetic) is the makeup that consists of ingredients that have been chemically processed whether they derived from plants, animal or mineral sources. We call these ingredients synthetic substances.

Why is traditional makeup considered bad for me?

The main cause for the bad reputation traditional makeup is starting to earn is the unpleasant impact it leaves on your health. If you think about it, you’ll figure out that your skin is like a sponge. Any product you put on your face, your skin will absorb it (partially or totally depending on the nature of the substance absorbed).

These substances will later be deposed in your blood system. Now imagine how much toxins will be running through your veins if you tend to use makeup daily for long periods of time. Allergy reactions, skin irritation, acne and even breast cancer (on the long term) are some of the health problems your makeup can cause.

Most women believe that jumping into “Organic” or “natural makeup” is the best way to get a healthier body, however, that might be a little deceptive…

—Alright ladies, let’s get this straight.

What is organic makeup?

Organic makeup is the makeup that consists of ingredients that have been extracted naturally from non-genetically modified plants grown in ecological way and processed naturally; without the use of artificial pesticides, fertilizers or any other synthetics or toxic matters.

How do I know if a product is organic?

You can find out thanks to the labels put on each product, but be careful, sometimes the labels can be a little tricky. Some are labeled “Organic”, which means that all the ingredients were not exposed to pesticides. In other cases products are labeled “organic ingredients”, this means that not all the ingredients are 100% organic, some of them may be synthetic.

Can organic makeup be harmful?

The word organic doesn’t necessarily mean it’s good for your skin. Say, you’re allergic to some synthetic ingredients found in traditional makeup, then organic may be your best choice but that doesn’t mean it has a healing effect. Some people may experience a negative response to organic products; allergic reactions and skin irritation are possible.

Is organic skin care product better than a regular one?

To be honest, the difference may not be as huge as you thought it would be. Both organic and regular makeup have their pros and cons. Traditional makeup may have toxins and harmful ingredients, but the synthetic preservatives in it allows it to last way longer than organic makeup, plus, it’s generally more affordable.

On the other hand, organic makeup as we mentioned before is synthetic-free (partially or totally) but can be expensive and misleading sometimes.

Are there other types of skin care solutions other than organic and traditional?

Yes. Actually beauty industries began to follow different politics with makeup production; this gave birth to new types of makeup other than the traditional. You can find organic, natural and mineral makeup.

Natural makeup is the makeup that contains ingredients that derived directly from plants or minerals, these ingredients cannot be processed or should be minimally processed.

Mineral makeup consists of ingredients made from very fine minerals and inorganic pigments of natural origin; it doesn’t contain any chemical preservatives like mineral oil and dyes.

How do I take the right choice when buying skin care product?

Okay,—let’s cut the hype— making the right choice is not really about jumping straight into organic or natural makeup products. Organic, natural or even mineral makeup can be really good options, but they may not be your best choice at the end of the day. Your choice depends on the ingredients inside your makeup product, not on the label upon its package.

Trying to be a responsible person needs the will to make the change for real and not limit the experience to meager knowledge. So, what you have to do is to come up with a list of the ingredients you want to keep out of your system.

Every time you go for shopping, make sure to read the list of ingredients on the product you’re willing to buy, compare it to your own list and look for similarities. It will help you pick the right thing for you.

What are the ingredients I should be avoiding?

This is a list of three of the most controversial ingredients found in makeup:

 controversial ingredients found in makeup

You can also find:

  • Lead
  • Alimunium
  • Odium Lauryl Sulfate
  • Midazolidinyl Urea and Diazolidinyl Urea
  • Propylene Glycol
  • BHT/BHA
  • Benzoates
  • Parraffin
  • Talc
  • Tetrolatum

Etc…

Is there any safe cosmetic brands?

Sure. Many companies have decided to go for toxic-free products and they are plenty, which offers you a larger interval of choice. Brands like Lavera, Gabriel and green beaver claim to be toxic-free cosmetics brands. But don’t use any product that claims to be safe unless you’re 100% of its authenticity.

Final thought

Please remember that going for toxic-free cosmetics is your own responsibility and it requires a big amount of information and researches.

Don’t get fooled by the nice labels like “natural”, “organic” , “herbal” companies often put on the packages of their products, it’s just a trick to sell more without being completely authentic.

Useful sites:

http://www.cosmeticsinfo.org/

http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/

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http://www.altmedrev.com/publications/15/3/190.pdf

http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/

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