Do you know what you are putting on your skin?
Do you know what ingredients are in your make-up? It is always a lot of fun to go make-up shopping and look at all the different varieties! Sure, this can be fun, but if you don’t choose clean products, you could harm yourself! In this article, I will delve into why you should choose organic cosmetics. First, I am going to delve into the benefits of choosing organic beauty products! Lastly, we will explore financial constraints and some of my recommendations!
What are the benefits of organic cosmetics?
1. You can avoid giving your body toxic chemicals!
Okay, so the number one reason you should change to organic cosmetics is YOU. Do you realize how many different, unidentifiable ingredients are in that name-brand, make-up that is so expensive? Who cares what designer lipstick you wear? If it looks the same, then why does it matter?
Even if you think things such as, ” Well, the organic lipstick doesn’t stay on a long time” or ” I like the coverage of this brand(non-organic),” then you need to ask yourself, ” Is it worth it to have lasting coverage to sacrifice my health?” Of course not! Even this being said they have improved organic products to better their coverage and last! I would rather reapply than not add any toxic ingredients to my skin!
Did you realize that many of the chemicals used in non-organic makeup are downright poisonous to the endocrine system 1? Parabens and phthalates are two common examples of substances that are used extensively in cosmetics. These compounds have been linked to cancer and type II diabetes, and the Environmental Protection Agency warns against their exposure1.
The dark side of cosmetic companies
Did you know that conventional cosmetic companies can add in whatever ingredient without going through an extensive approval process? Yes, it’s true! Cosmetics companies may use any component or raw material, except for color additives and a few prohibited substances, without government review or approval2. About one in eight of the 82,000 ingredients used in personal care products are industrial chemicals, including carcinogens, pesticides, reproductive toxins, and hormone disruptors3. What’s worse is that U.S. federal law allows companies to leave many chemicals off labels, including nanomaterials, ingredients considered trade secrets, and components of fragrance3.
2. Organic cosmetics are filled with nutrients
Another compelling reason to choose organic make-up is that it can fill your skin with nourishment. A lot of different organic liquid foundations do contain cocoa butter, which has proven anti-aging benefits! Score! There was a study that demonstrated that cocoa polyphenols improved elasticity and skin tonus4.
Also, organic cosmetics contain certain extracts of white grapes, white tea, grapes, apricots, etc., which can provide antioxidant protection! A recent study from twenty-three plant extracts ( which included white tea, cleavers, burdock root, bladderwrack, anise, lavender, and others) showed the benefits of anti-collagenase activities for the skin. 5! I don’t know about you, but I think it is lovely to have products like this available to us! Not only can we use it to help beautify, but it also helps with anti-aging! Such a no-brainer!
3. Organic cosmetics are better for the environment
Another great reason why to choose organic cosmetics is that they’re eco-friendly! Think about all the chemical waste that we already accrue on a day-to-day basis! It’s a wonder why our bee population is at stake, and our water contains toxic ingredients! Such a shame! When you choose organic make-up, not only are you helping yourself, but you are helping your environment!
Unfortunately, conventional make-up contains ingredients such as aluminum, petroleum, formaldehyde, lead, parabens, etc 6! All of these ingredients are proven to be destructive to you and delicate earth populations. For example, a recent study demonstrated how aluminum might be contributing to alarming bee deaths.7 This example is only one; there are plenty more!
4. Organic cosmetics have a natural fragrance, which means better for allergies
The last thing I want to mention about organic cosmetics is their natural fragrance. Have you ever been somewhere and noticed that a person has on entirely too much perfume? I have, and it makes me miserable. Not only is the fragrance way too strong, but it will provoke a severe allergic response in me! I start sneezing uncontrollably! I think it is selfish for people to dowse themselves in toxic perfume!
If you think for one second they don’t use chemicals in those designer perfumes, think again! There is a reason why some medical clinics and other places tell you not to wear perfume to your doctor’s visit. It’s because if they could trigger a significant asthma attack! Not good! Human-made aromas expose the body to several toxic effects, and some research has linked them to cancer, nervous system disorders, allergies, and birth defects8.
The good news is that organic cosmetics( which include perfumes and make-up) do not contain these toxic ingredients! Instead, they use natural fragrances from plants, such as essential oils. Natural scents come from plants, trees, or animals, and include everything from lilac to sandalwood to deer musk9. I don’t know about you, but I would much rather wear something that is made from the earth than from a lab! Another no-brainer, if you as me!
What about financial constraints?
I realize that many of us may have financial limitations, limiting our ability to purchase some products. However, that being said, when you look at organic cosmetics, look at it like buying organic food. Sure, it’s a little bit more money than a conventional product ( unless you are purchasing a designer cosmetic)! However, you are paying to prevent long-term health expenses in the future. Do you want to pay the price later for toxin-laden products by developing some health issue? Or would you rather pay a little more now for a better clean product? You make the decision.
Those of you who pay a lot for high-brand cosmetics( that are not necessarily organic)and are spending money on these items, then I recommend you stop and re-evaluate that decision. In this case, find an organic or clean company that can provide just as much coverage or beauty to you! After you do find a good company, then choose them! Not only will you benefit your body by not providing chemicals, but you will be doing a lot of good for your environment!
Where do I recommend purchasing organic and clean cosmetics?
Choose Naked Poppy to purchase your cosmetic!
There are numerous different places that you can purchase clean cosmetics. However, the one place I am going to recommend today is NakedPoppy. I recommend them because they have an intricate process in which they vet all of their cosmetic products to make sure that they are free from harmful chemicals! They emphasize the quality, applications, and procedures of their products! They also ensure that every brand they work with is aligned with their specific values. If you want to read more about their story, then click here.
I also like how they have skin assessment online, in which you can find out which cosmetics would work perfectly for your skin tone. I went onto Naked Poppy recently and was very impressed with the accuracy of this tool. If you are interested in having a skin assessment, then click here.
Why are organic products essential?
In general, it is advisable to switch to mostly organic in your life! Trust me, I know that the price you pay is higher now, but you will eventually avoid those medical expenses in the future! If you have to give up a habit(online shopping, etc)to have more money for organic food then do it!
I am by no means suggesting your make everything in your home organic all at once! However, I do recommend that you start slowly and then work your way up to that point. You can first start by trying to purchase your food organic! If you can’t afford to buy all your groceries organic, try to get it down to the foods you have to buy organic.
By this, I mean review EWG clean and dirty list, which you can click here. EWG stands for Environmental Working Group, and since its inception, in 1993, EWG has fought for consumers’ right to live healthier lives in a healthier environment. They have a list of fruits and vegetables that are labeled clean or dirty on their website. It is considered contaminated if the fruit or vegetable is heavily sprayed and clean if it is not. If you need to save money, you can turn to the clean list and buy non-organic products. However, any product that is on the dirty list needs to be purchased organic only!
After you start figuring out how you will purchase organic foods, then start switching to organic cosmetics, chemical-free cleaners, etc. A blogger friend of mine, Rebecca Huff, has written some great methods to avoid chemicals in the home. You can read more about that here.
In conclusion, choosing organic cosmetics is part of your health journey! There are several steps to achieving better health; if you want to find out more, please refer to my Start Right here page. On this page, I give you seven stepping stones towards achieving wellness! I genuinely believe that being healthy is more than a keto diet, exercise, or supplementation. It also includes emotional balance through aligning your chakras! If you want to learn more about this, you can listen to my podcast on the Keto diet and Chakra balance here on my blog or watch my video on my YouTube channel.
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- Gasser P, Lati E, Peno-Mazzarino L, Bouzoud D, Allegaert L, Bernaert H. “Cocoa polyphenols and their influence on parameters involved in ex vivo skin restructuring.” Int J Cosmet Sci. 2008 Oct;30(5):339-45. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-2494.2008.00457.x4.
- Tamsyn SA Thring, Pauline Hili and Declan P Naughton. “Anti-collagenase, anti-elastase and anti-oxidant activities of extracts from 21 plants.” BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2009, 9:27. doi:10.1186/1472-6882-9-275.
- United States Environmental Protection Agency. “Toluene.” EPA. Fact Sheet. April 1992.