Makeup chemicals you should avoid

Just because the bottle says so, we believe it. "100% natural" is what we see as we continue to slather it onto our faces everyday. If your really looking to improve your skin, or keep it from getting any worse (as the continous use of these products will do in the long run) you should start checking out the labels on the back of products to see whats really inside.

What stunned me the most is that going from drug stores to high end beauty suppliers, there is a consistency in the falseness the front label is showing to people. "Contains lavender and avacado oil" one stated, but upon looking at the ingredients list on the back there was not even a drop of this in the actual product.

In Canada and the US the FDA doesnt need to approve personal care ingredients by health studies or pre-market testing. They are allowed to write whatever they'd like on the front label as long as all the ingredients are listed on the back of the product. Many chemicals found in these products are linked to things like birth defects, eczema, liver cancer, breast cancer, and so on. Here's a link to the Skin Deep Safe Cosmetics Database, where you can search the products your currently using. http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com

There is really no way for you to completely avoid these chemicals from being in your products, but you can begin to become aware of them and begin to avoid them as much as possible. Here is a list of the chemical ingredients you should avoid the most.

  • Any color pigments
  • Fragrance
  • Petrochemicals
  • Paraben preservatives
  • Mineral Oil
  • Sodium lauryl sulfate
  • Glycerin
  • Peg 100 stearate
  • Pabaparaben
  • Methylparaben
  • Stearic acid

Basically, if you cant pronounce the name of the chemical in your product it should be avoided.

There are many alternatives to skin care aside from purchasing the products which seem most appealing to us through their advertisements and the look of the bottle. Many products can be found at natural food stores which contain ingredients that are good for you. There are also alot of natural products you can make at home yourself.  People forget that once lotion absorbs into your skin it goes into your blood stream and body, and if you wouldnt consider eating it why would you let your skin.

Begin to look for products that are made from certified organic oils (examples of these are avocado oil, coconut oil, etc.) and natural colours (blueberries, paprika, etc.), herbal extracts and botanical resins.

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