Natural makeup has been around since the start of time. There is documented evidence that cosmetics have been used since 4,000 BC. However the Romans and Ancient Egyptians created cosmetic products using materials with dangerous properties like mercury and white lead. So in the past 6,000 years has anything changed? Or should we view natural makeup as just a fad?
What has changed in the makeup industry?
Basically nothing! Of course it's now much easier to buy makeup products and many cosmetic companies would have us believe that all their cosmetics are perfectly healthy. It's also become very popular to label makeup and skincare products with having 'natural extracts', 'contains organic ingredients'. But take a look at the ingredient lists on your make up and skincare packaging. Do all the ingredients sound 'natural' and 'organic'? In essence - not much has really changed in the production of cosmetic and makeup products. Companies are still using dangerous properties in makeup and cosmetics. Did you know that 99% of the skin care and cosmetic products on the market just now have never been evaluated for safety by the US Food & Drug Administration?
Toxins are still used in makeup!
For example lead is still found in some red lipsticks! (So has much really changed in the makeup industry in 6,000 years?) As you know lead is a toxin and can cause serious health problems. But you may say - "I only use a tiny amount of this on me, surely the small amount of this can't cause me any health problems." Of course that is a valid argument. Let's use an example to illustrate what happens over years: when you are visiting a museum where classic works of art are on display you will probably be restricted to use a flash to photograph paintings. Why? Because the constant exposure will over the years affect the painting. By the time a woman is 40 she has probably been using makeup for 25 years.
Why should you care about using natural makeup?
Actually this should be written as a statement rather than a question - why you SHOULD care about natural makeup and skincare. We usually take good care with what we eat - we check labels, look for the freshest items and try to eat nutritious food. So what happens when we apply makeup or some cream to the skin? The skin is the largest organ in the body and it protects us against toxins. It also breathes and absorbs many things (good and bad) - in fact did you know that up to 60% of what we put on our skin is absorbed by our body? Using makeup and skincare products that interfere with the function of the skins natural defenses can cause skin problems, like itchiness and dermatitis.
What are the 5 benefits of using only natural makeup?
Natural makeup is:
Mineral makeup acts as a natural sunscreen
Won't hurt your skin
Has naturally occurring vitamins
Contains no dangerous ingredients
Anti-allergic properties: This means that natural makeup doesn't adversely affect those with sensitive skin and who suffer from acne problems.
Natural sunscreen: Zinc oxide or titanium dioxide are used in natural makeup foundation. They provide a natural barrier against sun damage because they work by sitting on top of the skin. UV rays are then deflected away from the skin and preventing any harm. Provides protection against UVA and UVB rays.
No skin-damage: Most makeup contains substances that block pores, irritate your skin and cause allergic reactions. So what happens then? You buy more makeup to hide those skin blemishes but the makeup up makes it worse - and thus starts a vicious cycle.
Vitamin rich:Natural ingredients contain vitamin A, C and E.
Dangerous ingredients: Some of the most common top ingredients used in makeup are: mineral oil, talc, isopropyl alcohol andsodium lauryl sulphate. For example mineral oil acts as a plastic wrap on the skin and blocks the skins natural function. It can promote acne, other disorders and cause premature skin aging. The main reason for using many of these ingredients is because they are cheap. You will notice that the cheaper the makeup product or skincare cream the more dangerous ingredients are in it.
But in saying that, it doesn't mean that the more expensive the product, the more 'natural' it will be. Big companies are interested in profit, so they will still use cheap ingredients in their top of the range makeup and cosmetic products.