Tuesday, 14 June 2011
Makeup has come a long way since the days of when Queen Elizabeth used to wear makeup and it contained lead.
But even today, makeup isn't regulated - so a lot of highly toxic chemicals go into our lotions, foundations, shampoos, food...everything!
But this is the price we pay for convenience and vanity.
Of course, in today's society it's impossible to avoid bad chemicals. It's just not possible because everything is contaminated with it, even air. It's pretty ironic. We put makeup on to either enhance or fake our beauty, but by doing so we are unknowingly making ourselves uglier.
Putting on some foundation to have a clean looking face? Well by doing so you're just making your skin worse and worse every time you do. Are you using concealer to hide those dark under eye circles? Well you're probably making those dark circles worse.
The end result of all this vanity is that your face will be aged a lot more than it should be. But the effects of these chemicals are not only superficial ones. The chemicals in our makeup get absorbed by our skin and enters our body. A lot of times these chemicals are carcinogenic or highly toxic. Take a look at a VERY short list of common makeup ingredients.
It may be a lost cause since there are toxic chemicals everywhere, but I decided that I'm going to cut down on the level of chemicals from makeup. There's a lot less variety but I'm going to go towards natural or semi-natural makeup. Some brands that I know of are Torres, Tarte, and Bare Escentuals. However, it's important not to shop by brand if you want to go more natural. You have to look at the ingredients yourself and decide if it is healthy/natural enough for you. I'm just happy that I have been too lazy to wear makeup 95% of the time.
Now that I am a bit more interested in wearing it, I want what's best for me. Of course, the best thing would be to not wear makeup, but I don't have a strong enough resolve for that.
Anyone else interested in using more natural products? Were you aware of the hazards of makeup products?
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