WHAT IS IN YOUR MAKEUP BAG
Over the last few years, I have had the opportunity to work with many different beauty products in Cosmetics, Skincare, and Hair Care. Many of these being natural which has been amazing! It has really opened my eyes as to what ingredients I am putting on my body. Now, I am not saying that every product I use is natural, but I have made a huge shift in being more cautious as to what I am putting on my skin. There are so many chemicals that are in our Hair Care, Makeup, Skincare, that aren’t good for us, but many of us aren’t educated on what these chemicals are. I am going to go over a few of these ingredients and hope that this helps you next time you are looking at the labels of your favorite products to determine whether you should buy or find a natural alternative.
PARABENS are used as preservatives in cosmetic products. Preservatives are used to prevent bacteria and mold in products. The parabens used mostly in cosmetics are methylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben, and ethylparaben. The concern is that parabens mimic estrogen, and research has linked parabens to breast cancer. Parabens have been found in many other tissues because they are in so many of the products we use on the daily.
PHTHALATES are a group of hormones that may disrupt the endocrine system. Their ability to mimic human hormones can lead to altered reproductive development. These chemicals are everywhere from cosmetics to fragrance to personal care.
SULFATES are cleansing agents that create lather in shampoos and soaps to remove dirt and oil. If you are switching to sulfate free hair care, don’t expect a lot of lather and bubbles, as sulfates produce little foam. Despite the lather, sulfate free hair care is still doing its job! If you have color treated hair, going sulfate free can help maintain your color.
BUTYLATED COUMPOUNDS (BHT, BHA) is another chemical used to extend the shelf life of our products. Research shows that BHT is shown to mimic estrogen and disrupt hormonal function in men and women. You will find BHA and BHT in your eyeliners, eyeshadows, lipsticks, lip glosses, moisturizers, to name a few.
SYNTHETIC DYES are labeled as FD&C or D&C followed by a color and a number. Example: FD&C Red (which means Food, Drugs and Cosmetics Red). Synthetics are mostly derived by coal tar. Coal tar is a skin and respiratory toxin considered a known human carcinogen.
I would like to give a shot out to all my LAS VEGAS NATURAL BEAUTY PRODUCTS!
BONUM VITAE: This facial oil is a light-weight blend of botanicals and essential oils. It helps balance skin pH, repair your skin’s surface, restore elasticity, and promote new and healthy skin cell growth while conditioning the skin. Available to purchase at http://www.skinalchemist.org
NATURAL EARTH COSMETICS: Founded to bring high quality and uniquely handcrafted Bath & Beauty products to your home. Using the most natural ingredients, quality butters and oils, spa salts, food grade botanicals, as well as recycled and reusable materials. Available at Francesca’s Boutiques!
KISS ME HONEY LIP BALM: Lip Balm made from only natural ingredients. Free of parabens, chemical preservatives and petroleum. Finally, a lip balm safe to use on yourself and your children! Available to purchase at: http://www.kissmyhoney.com
M.O.T.D COSMETICS: Makeup brushes that are PETA certified cruelty free VEGAN. These brushes are made of TAKLON; a high grade synthetic polyester fiber that mimics animal hair. Safer alternative for those who have allergies to animal fur. Bristles are soft and last longer than most animal fur bristles. Available to purchase at: http://motdcosmetics.com/
What are your favorite natural beauty products? I would love to know! Please leave a comment below.