The Essentials of Green Living- Part 1: Makeup

Be Kind, Be Confident, Be Beautiful Inside and Out

One morning I realized as I was on putting cheap drugstore liquid eyeliner that maybe that isn't the best thing for my skin. This was before I had investigated into anything and before knowing what chemicals and additives can do to you. I just thought about it on my eyelid and made that connection. This was the catalyst to something that would change the way I would live my life from here on out. I started to research ingredients in common make up and beauty products and was shocked by what I was finding out. I downloaded the app SkinDeep which is created by the Environmental Working Group (now they only have one app called EWG's Healthy Living, but still does the same thing). It allows you to search or scan your products. It gives you a rating and explains why. It tells you exactly which ingredients to watch for. In my early years of change, this was my guide. I began to scan everything I had and learn about the ingredients, how they were produced, which ones were tested on animals, which ones were fair trade and began to change over to healthier options. Now, many years later I have my favorite products and know enough about ingredients and chemicals, that I no longer use the app for much.

When I began to make this makeup switch, I was lucky enough to find an amazing beauty store called, Pure Organic Beauty about an hour away. I was able to go there and learn about some brands of makeup and other beauty and body care products. I was able to try them on and match my colors and best of all I was able to ask a ton of questions and learn all about clean beauty care products and why it should matter. Unfortunately this store closed due to the owner needing to relocate across the country.

Why does it matter???

Our skin absorbs 60% of any topical product we put on it. The average woman wears 515 chemicals on her face each day. The top 5 chemical ingredients to watch out for....

1. Formaldehyde- Found in nail polish, shampoo, body wash and eyelash glue. This carcinogen can cause lung cancer, leukemia and reproductive, developmental and neurological toxicity.

2. Sodium Lauryl, Laureth Sulfate (SLS and SLES)- Found in anything that foams; shampoo, body wash, face wash, soap, etc. This chemical can irritate the skin, slows the healing process and can cause hair loss and adversely affects new hair growth.

3. Parabens (anything that ends in paraben)- Found in many personal care products. This chemical can cause premature skin aging and DNA damage.

4. Petroleum, Paraffin and Mineral Oil- Found in makeup, body wash, baby oil and hair conditioner. These can cause premature aging, health and skin disorders (contact dermatitis).