It’s not that the range of all-natural and organic cosmetics is nonexistent. In fact, there are more all-natural makeup possibilities nowadays than there ever were in the historical records of makeup.
Which by the way date back to the first Dynasty of Egypt. That’s a long time.
A bit of an exaggeration perhaps, but it’s definitely hard to keep track of everything natural and organic makeup brand related since there are so many of them.
So anyways, it’s not that the range of all-natural and organic cosmetics is nonexistent. It’s more about the fact that most organic makeup brands that are really worth it and truly organic, not just labeled as such aren’t very affordable. So, no matter how much we may love them, we simply can’t afford to buy from them on a regular basis.
If you’re looking to upgrade to a more natural makeup collection, you shouldn’t feel pressured to swap at once to everything organic in terms of personal care and make-up.
Instead, make your transition light and mainly look to avoid the most dangerous chemicals that cause skin irritation and that usually lead to other health related consequences in the long run.
Top 5 harmful chemicals to avoid when purchasing cosmetics and/or body care items
Here’s my list of top 5 chemicals to avoid when buying skincare and beauty products:
#1 The notorious SLS
SLS or sodium lauryl sulfate is most commonly found in face wash, shampoos, foundation, body wash and the list goes on. Over 90% of conventional personal care and cleaning items contain SLS. This means we are constantly exposed to the ingredient whenever we wash our face, our hair, our hands, and do the usual cleaning routine in our houses.
The good thing is that people have begun to take notice of the damaging effects that SLS has, and as such, more and more makeup brands look to exclude it from their ingredients list.
#2 The irritant formaldehyde
Formaldehyde was found to cause several allergic skin reactions. In addition, this chemical compound is also believed to cause nasal and nasopharyngeal cancer, as well as to have negative effects on the immune system. There is a longer list of health related issues linked to formaldehyde, and the best possible thing you can do is to avoid it altogether.
Formaldehyde is most commonly found in nail products, but some brands also include it in conditioners, cleansers, eye shadows and body washes.
If you get your manicure or pedicure done at a saloon frequently, make sure they use safer products or bring your own nail polish.
#3 The bad parabens
Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben – essentially, all things ending in “paraben” are bad and you should consider avoiding buying any skincare product that’s not labeled as paraben-free.
Parabens can be found in most conventional cosmetic products, the ones that you use on a daily basis, such as deodorant, body washes and makeup. They have long been linked to increasing the chances for developing breast cancer and causing hormonal imbalances.
#4 The sneaky fragrances
The list of compounds that enter this category numbers about 200 chemicals and often brands won’t list fragrance components because regulations don’t require them to do so.
When you see “fragrance” listed on a product ingredients list, know that this is just the name used to hide hazardous chemicals, usually more than one. Fragrances rank among the highest in harmful ingredients that you should avoid, having been linked to headaches, dermatitis and asthma among other negative effects.
#5 The disruptors know as phthalates
Linked to reproductive birth defects and increased cancer risk among others, phthalates still feature on the ingredients list for products such as body lotions, perfumes and deodorants although it is banned in manufacturing children’s toys.
Consider how damaging it is to the body if it’s been ruled out from something with which you only have superficial contact. Phthalates are included in fragrances, so you may not always see them featuring on the ingredients list, but if you avoid buying skincare and makeup that contains fragrances, you also rule out phthalates.
Remember that you don’t have to go searching some dark, obscure corner of the internet for more accessible natural options. Even Sephora, which isn’t known as a cruelty-free retailer carries some cruelty-free brands along with a good range of natural beauty brands.
I would like to mention Tarte Cosmetics as well, a leader in the organic cosmetics market.
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