“Going green” is now an international movement and the global response has been positively fierce, leading the world of cosmetics to participate by launching Eco-friendly choices.
What constitutes “eco-friendly” cosmetics? According to the Certified Green Cosmetics, beauty products that are manufactured without “chemical cocktails” which damage both skin and the environment are considered “green.” In other words, makeup that has not undergone harmful chemical reactions and retain a natural balance of ingredients (as opposed to other bizarre and revolting ingredients discussed later) are safer for use.
Choosing to switch to either organic or more natural cosmetics is a wise choice for both the planet and the consumer. Eco-friendly makeup reduces the dreaded carbon footprint and lessens the negative impact of using an array of chemicals on the environment. Using hairspray is particularly known for having harsh effects on our planet, but the fabrication of all beauty products harms our world in various ways and must be considered.
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But what exactly goes into these beauty products that can damage your skin? The Organic Make-Up Company claims that many ingredients in our cosmetics are of a concern and conveniently listed several on their website. Some on the list are “known irritants and carcinogens.” The following substances are reputable for being in popular cosmetics:
- Aluminum: This is used in a majority of antiperspirants to block pores so sweat is unable to leave the skin. It is believed to be a factor of Alzheimer’s Disease.
- Fragrances: Along with artificial colors, these artificial smells are major causes of skin irritations, allergies, and hyperpigmentation. This is also used in just about all beauty products to appeal to consumers.
- Keratolytic Chemicals: An ingredient used in skin peels, this dissolves the outermost layer of skin and makes our skin more sensitive to sun damage. However, it also increases the production of dead skin cells as a result.
- Parabens: A petroleum product that causes skin irritation and possibly a contributor to low sperm counts and an increase in breast cancer. This is used in almost every cosmetic.
- Toluene: This is found in several nail polishes and nail polish removers and is a byproduct of manufacturing gasoline from crude oil or coal. It may cause tiredness, confusion, weakness, and nausea.
Imagine the long-term effects of these substances when in constant, direct contact with your skin. Still believe beauty is everything?
Thankfully, because of a more environmentally aware public, makeup companies have decided to pursue greener endeavors. Furthermore, as a result of the overwhelming popularity of natural and organic beauty products, there is a large diversity in choices. These products can be found in local drugstores or famous cosmetics havens like Sephora for a variety of prices. The following is a sample of the numerous places to find healthier cosmetics:
- Burt’s Bees: A company truly devoted to natural products, their brand is renown for its original, home-made beeswax lip balm. Now that they have expanded, Burt’s Bees now offers exfoliants, toners, shampoos, cleansers, skin care, and a plethora more for men, women, and young children.
- Future Natural: This brand fully embraces the green movement, offering both organic and natural cosmetics. They do not believe in trading up beauty for healthier options and their products show it. They offer lip care, masks, bronzers, face powder, foundation, body oils, and much more for everyone, all while promising safer, cleaner results.
- Josie Maran: The supermodel who launched this organic line (look for this brand in Sephora!) reveled in natural beauty. Her extensive brand offers illuminzers, matchmaker serum foundation, pressed powder, concealer, basic makeup tools, and more.
- Organic Wear: This line is part of the Physician’s Formula brand and guarantees no harsh chemicals, synthetic preservatives, and parabens (one of the harmful ingredients to avoid!). Instead, this line ensures quality, natural cosmetics at affordable prices. They offer eyeshadows, mascaras, lip glosses, and brow enhancers.
- PlantLove: As part of the Cargo cosmetics brand, this line is geared towards “eco-fabulous makeup.” All products are 100% natural and made of corn. This line is also endorsed by Ecocert, pushing their cosmetics well into the spotlight. The line offers basic makeup tools, such as lip liners, bronzers, and blush.
Remember, beauty can come with an unnecessarily heavy price to pay. Consider choosing cosmetics that are beautiful for you and the world you share with others.