What’s in your makeup?
Do you know what ingredients are in your mascara, blush or lipstick and how they affect your skin?
For products that go directly on the skin and are absorbed into the body, many people know surprisingly little about the chemicals in their makeup. Many assume that the products they use are strictly regulated, so there is no reason to be worried.
In reality, there is little regulation. Only 11 chemicals are regulated by the FDA and cosmetics don’t have to undergo safety tests before they hit the store shelves.
That’s why more people are making a switch to natural makeup. It lacks potentially dangerous ingredients such as phthalates and parabens and contains enriching ingredients that are just as effective, if not more effective, as other makeup products in making your skin glow.
Here are other benefits of natural makeup.
1. Safe ingredients
While synthetic makeup is filled with chemicals that could cause many kinds of health problems, natural makeup products consist of safe and healthy ingredients derived from nature.
They don’t have chemicals that could cause both short term and long term health problems such as cancer, skin conditions and reproductive issues.
One major component of natural makeup is organic oils. These oils naturally moisturize and nourish your skin. Other common ingredients include activated charcoal, beeswax, cinnamon, nutmeg and vitamins.
2. Low risk of skin reactions
For people with sensitive skin, even synthetic makeup with no dangerous chemicals is not enough. It could still cause skin sensitivity.
For sensitive skin types, switching to natural makeup is one of the best things you can do for your skin. It will reduce the risk of reactions and ensure you can apply makeup with peace of mind.
But remember that even natural cosmetics can cause reactions. So be careful that the product you are buying does not have an organic oil or some other ingredient that you are sensitive to. Make sure you understand skin reactions.
3. Great for your skin and overall health
Most people who have switched to natural makeup and skin care report great results within a short time. Their skin feels healthier and more supple, their hair feels softer and stronger and they never have to be worried that they are putting their health at risk.
Whatever type of skin you have – dry, oily, sensitive, normal – there are natural makeup products that can help. Many of these products have ingredients that not only benefit your skin but also your general health.
There has been increasing concern lately about what impact makeup products have on the environment.
It is clear that the chemicals used in synthetic makeup are not always environmentally friendly. So some companies have created natural alternatives that are not just good for your skin but the environment too.
They use ingredients that have minimal impact on the environment when they are harvested and when they are disposed.
They Are More Expensive
It’s true that natural makeup tends to be slightly more expensive than synthetic cosmetics. That’s because of the added resources and work that are required to make these products safe and effective.
But the extra cost is worth it, for your skin, your health and the environment. And the good news is that as the number of natural makeup manufacturers goes up, prices are coming down.