It seems that everything we put in and outside of our bodies has a harmful effect. Makeup and skin care ingredients are no exceptions. As a former sales director for a major direct sales skin care company, I often wondered how safe my products were. I’ve since started buying “organic” brands to replace some of my other products as a precaution.
As we grow older and are more prone to diseases like cancer, why should we take chances? Still, the jury is out. We’ve been putting chemicals on our skin ever since we were teenagers. Has it jeopardized our health? We’ll probably never know for sure.
Our company convinced us our product was safe because it was rigorously tested in a lab and was a combination of scientific and botanical ingredients. However, it’s also a fact that there are more allergic reactions to “organic” skin care ingredients than with products that have the blessing of board certified dermatologists. A skin care program, in order to be effective, must be based on individual skin chemistry.
Play it safe with organic skin care ingredients
An example of a “truly” organic skin care program would be to slather your face daily with extra virgin olive oil or massage it with the pit of an avocado. It works and it’s cheap. To be legal to sell, an “organic” skin care product must be formulated so it does not become rancid or develop harmful bacteria. Even refrigerated products go bad in a short amount of time. Don’t buy into the hype that a product is organic just because the label says it is.
However, there are companies that sell reputable and effective skin care products made with organic skin care ingredients. 100% Pure Cosmetics and Skincare formulates their products with organic ingredients and do not add harmful chemicals like parabens, petroleum, pesticides, butylene glycols, phthalates, sulfates, PEGs, TEA, DEA, GMO, silicones, gluten, artificial dyes or synthetic fragrances. This company was founded in Napa, California and claims their products are 100% natural and 100% cruelty-free, all products are completely 100% free of artificial colors, artificial fragrances, synthetic chemical preservatives and all other toxins. Women over 50 may want to try their Super Fruits Concentrated Serum, which is a blend of super anti-aging power fruits. It’s filled with vitamins, antioxidants, and nutrients that will prevent wrinkles, increase skin firmness and make your skin glow. I love glow!
They also have a Red Wine Resveratrol Nourishing Cream that protects your skin from environmental damage as well as lines, wrinkles, and loss of elasticity.
Makeup tints are usually made with artificial dyes, carbon black (tar) and even lead. JuiceBeauty.com makes their eye, cheek and lip colors using intense plant-derived Phyto-Pigments. I love their makeup tints because they are subtle and perfect for women over 50.
The infographic below, shared by consumersafety.org, lists makeup and skin care ingredients, like formaldehyde and talc, that you should avoid. (Click on the image to view full-size and please share it on Pinterest)
How do you feel about the skin care ingredients that are in the products you use? Please leave a comment below.