Is Makeup Harmful to Your Health?

Navigating the natural, eco-friendly makeup cosmetics world can be pretty daunting. Where does one start? What ingredients are safe? Do you have to shop at certain stores? What does natural even mean? To start you on your own quest for green beauty, we decided to present you with the most surprising facts:

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How your makeup products could be harming you:

  • Out of 1,000 carcinogens the EU has banned, the US has only banned 9 of them.
  • Scientists have only “improved” upon all of the chemicals used in our beauty products, making the particles both smaller and stronger. This means they’re more easily absorbed into the skin and past the protective layers that once served as a barrier to these toxins.
  • Safe beauty products should have an expiration date, just like the food you ingest. Most regular, non-natural products are like “bomb shelter food” in that they have extended shelf lives — just imagine what chemicals are in there to make them last that long.
  • Terms like “herbal,” “organic” and “natural” on beauty packaging aren’t regulated and have no actual meaning. There’s not one “herb” in Herbal Essences shampoo.
  • Not all natural sunscreens are created equal. Ingredients like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide might make your sunscreen safer and more effective at protecting against UV rays, but some leave more of a white residue than others.
  • When it comes to antiperspirant, you may want to consider going for the less potent, natural options. When you shave your armpits, you’re scrapping off a layer of skin — and then you apply the carcinogenic-filled deodorant right onto the vulnerable area right near your lymph nodes.

All these things may sound really scary, but there are natural beauty products, ones that are created from safe, non-toxic ingredients that are naturally occurring.

What you need to know about natural makeup products:

  1. The green world may not have caught up with the mainstream market world of cosmetics in all product realms, but natural skincare products are just as effective, if not more effective as the best regular products.
  2. The downside to committing to a green beauty cabinet? Just like with organic food, it’s generally more expensive to buy natural grooming products.
  3. Even though oils have become the crowd-pleaser when it comes to natural beauty, make sure you figure out the right system for you. Recommended is applying tea tree oil to a Q-tip and diluting with water, as to not kill cells.
  4. You don’t have to go green on every single product if you simply can’t find a green product comparable to your non-green favorite. Natural beauty companies face a tough challenge when it comes to competing with regular mascaras on the market.
  5. Most importantly, pick your battles. Don’t drive yourself crazy by overhauling your entire beauty regime. Start slowly and see what makes the biggest difference in your life and well-being.

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