To many, makeup is an essential beauty item used by women all over the world. And those very women are in no hurry to go without this daily necessity. While choosing to wear makeup may help enhance one’s personal appearance and or self-esteem, it also exposes you to a range of health concerns. Typically, when you think about living a healthier lifestyle, you think of ways to limit what you put in your body. But what about what we put on our bodies? That is just as important. You know by now that all those lotions and cosmetics that you slather on get absorbed into your skin. And if your makeup is loaded with impurities like lead, endocrine disrupting phthalates, and other toxins, that gets absorbed into your body too.
No Harsh Chemicals
Many of the chemicals used in non-organic makeup are very hazardous to the endocrine system. The most popular offenders are parabens and phthalates, two substances that have been linked to cancer, type II diabetes and infertility. But there are still thousands of ingredients used in skincare products and makeup that haven’t been thoroughly tested. Thanks to “trade secret” laws in the U.S., certain ingredients do not need to be listed on cosmetic labels if they potentially give away a “trade secret”. This means that companies can use any ingredients they want, and they don’t have to list them on the label.
Heavy metals, talc, asbestos, artificial colors and fragrances and genetically modified ingredients have been used in traditional makeup over the years, and they have the potential to wreak havoc on your skin and body. That’s why it’s so important to choose a natural brand that proudly uses non-toxic ingredients in place of hidden chemicals.
Nutrient – Rich
Your skin can absorb certain compounds; however, a protective barrier is able to keep dangerous compounds, to some degree, out of the body. Even then, research still concludes that personal and skincare products, when applied topically, can damage bodily systems and lead to untold health consequences. One of the key rules for makeup, and any beauty product is basic and straightforward: if you can’t eat it, don’t wear it.
Shea butter is one of the leading natural moisturizers out there, providing essential fatty acids for healthy, youthful skin. Shea butter is very thick and solid at room temperature but has a buttery rich consistency that makes it ideal for use as a natural eye cream, lip balm, or body butter. Many studies show that it is especially good at penetrating the skin and contains 60% fat, making it highly emollient. Organic makeup, especially liquid foundation, may have cocoa butter or various nutrient-rich oils to provide a smoother, more youthful look. Extracts of white tea, grapes, apricots, and pomegranate seeds provide antioxidant protection and may inhibit collagenase and elastase, two enzymes that break down the integrity and elasticity of the skin. Aside from allergies, you can’t go wrong when choosing a makeup that contains added nutritive components and herbal extracts
Gentle on Your Skin
Organic and natural skincare products or cosmetics are much gentler on the skin. Of course, this statement is just a summary of a few other reasons why you should choose organic cosmetics. Why in the world would you want to use harsh chemicals on your skin that are not only dangerous to both your health and the earth, but also rough on your skin?
How can it be beneficial or beautifying to use a product that dries your skin, making it look tired and dull? Even if there's a temporary benefit from chemical-based cosmetics, that benefit comes at a cost: your future body and healthy skin.