The cosmetic industry is capitalizing on the health trend, and the fact that women and cosmetic users are becoming health conscious. When buying organic cosmetics beware that there are some companies which add the words “derived from” to make an impression that the ingredients are natural and safe.
So, is all organic makeup safe? The answer is no.
Plants can have toxins and carcinogens which can produce harmful effects to the body. This would be the same for mineral makeup. To a certain level, minerals can contain high toxic content. Japanese geisha used white powder to make their faces pasty white, but unfortunately it had high lead content which led to poisoning. When choosing organic makeup, it is necessary to know if they contain any toxins and/or carcinogens.
It’s most important that you read the labels, and here are some ingredients that you do not want to see in your organic makeup:
• Sodium laurel sulfate – This can lead to skin allergies.
• Paraben- This is a common preservative used in traditional makeup.
• Hydrosols – Contains water which is often unpurified and can contain chemicals.
• Diethanolamine (DEA), cocamide and triethanolamine (TEA)- These chemicals or cosmetic ingredients are known to cause cancer.
Also be careful when using mineral makeup in loose powder form, make sure that the vanity or sink area for the makeup is dust free. If the makeup area has the mineral makeup scattered the dust can still be an irritant.
So if organic is unsafe why recommend it? Because most organic makeup is made from minerals and plant materials which have not been exposed to pesticides. They display protection, healing, and nurturing benefits which should be taken advantage of by women and cosmetic users. They also list a host of benefits which are good for your body and health:
• Mineral foundation evens out the tone of your skin and covers the facial flaws while letting the skin to breathe.
• There are no oil fillers which can block or clog your pores leading to a variety of skin problems.
• They use no talc, which can lead to dryness of your skin and even emphasize the face’s fine lines. Talc is also believed to