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Let Me Tell You the Secrets of Choosing Healthy Makeup

Updated on May 19, 2019
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Ivana is a writer who writes about topics that feel personal. Driven by her experiences she does research and writes helpful articles.


Let Me Tell You the Secrets of Choosing Healthy Makeup

What we put on the face and generally on the whole body in the form of makeup and cosmetics directly affects our general health. The skin is the largest organ in our body and it is our external link to the outside world. It goes without saying that taking care of it is essential. The cosmetics industry offers countless makeup products under different brands that have the power to make you look flawless but it all comes with a price. A great deal of these makeup products contains dangerous ingredients in their formula that can cause serious health problems. So, what can you do in order to be sure that you are using safe makeup products? Of course, you turn to natural and organic cosmetics, but is this good enough and convincing for you?

I believe that every one of us should know which the ingredients that pose the health threat are and try to avoid them completely. Opting for organic products is the ideal solution but, we are surrounded by brands that offer cheaper and more effective makeup products that we forget about the disadvantages that come with them. So, a steady start everything each of us needs – and that is a better understanding of what we must avoid. That would be the first secret of choosing healthy makeup. Therefore, here is what you need to know.

Avoid Sodium Lauryl Sulfate

This chemical can be found in shampoo, body wash, foundation, face wash, mouthwash and toothpaste and its effect is terrifying. It can irritate the skin, create canker sores and make a disbalance of the skins natural oils. You can add to the list of eye damage and the outburst of acne especially the most horrendous type – the cystic acne around the mouth and chin.

Avoid BHA

Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) can be found in exfoliants and in perfumes and it is a human carcinogen. Also, it can cause depigmentation of the skin and it might damage the liver as well as it might interfere with the normal reproductive system development and thyroid hormone levels. It is even forbidden by the EU to use it as an ingredient in fragrances.

Avoid Parabens

These are the common ingredients in makeup, moisturisers, shaving gels, spray tan products and personal lubricants. The scariest thing about this chemical is that it mimics the estrogen and leads to breast cancer, skin cancer and decreased sperm count. Moreover, it may disrupt the endocrine system and cause problems in reproductive and developmental disorder.

Avoid Petroleum Distillates

This chemical is part of almost every mascara. It causes contact dermatitis and bears cancer-causing properties. The fact that petroleum distillates are produced in the oil refineries where the automobile fuel, heating oil and chemical feedstock are produced at the same time speaks volume about their hazardous characteristics.

Avoid Everything under the Name “Fragrance” as an Ingredient

Since the law doesn’t require companies to name all chemicals they put in the formula of the product, companies take this advantage and hide important dangerous chemicals under the name “fragrance”. These secret ingredients according to research made by the Environmental Working Group and the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics have been proven to be dangerous and containing hormone disruptors.

Avoid Dibutyl Phthalate, Toluene and Formaldehyde

These are the three most harmful ingredients present in the nail polish and various nail products. They have been connected to birth defects, endocrine disruption, headaches and respiratory problems. It is even advisable that pregnant women should avoid nail products altogether just because of the harmful trio.

Avoid Phthalates

These are a group of chemicals that serve to increase the flexibility and softness of plastics and can be found in nail polish, perfumes, lotions and hair sprays. They also lead to breast cancer and early breast development in girls as well as reproductive birth defects in males and females.

What is the next step? Once you get familiar with the chemicals that you must avoid, you need to know how to pinpoint the products that will be beneficial to your body and health. Here are some more secrets spilled on how to do it.

When choosing a foundation for the face…

Make sure your foundation is gluten, paraben and nut free. Also vegan. The foundation should hydrate the skin do concentrate deep sea minerals will nourish the face as well as some supporting natural ingredients such as Calendula, Green tea and Cactus Flower. The foundation must protect and moisturise the skin and not close all of its pores, instead, it should let it breathe. Maybe you have noticed how your face with makeup becomes shiny and oily after a few hours of putting the makeup on and how you feel uncomfortable wearing it. Well, if you choose a foundation with natural ingredients, you won’t be feeling such discomfort.

When choosing mascara…

There are very few natural or organic mascaras on the market, thus it is even harder to find one that won’t cause you that burning sensation in the eyes. The most important thing is to check if the formula has petroleum distillates and if so, don’t consider buying it. Also, if it is vegan and gluten-free that might be an excellent choice. Furthermore, it is a good idea to pick a mascara that has peptide in the formula because it will repair and nourish your lashes.

When choosing lip products…

Lips are one of the most sensitive areas to be cover with a makeup product. Chapped, scaled, painful of sores, dehydrated lips are a terrifying nightmare. And all of this because there are parabens, propylene glycol, quaternium 15, and triethanolamine in the formulas. Avoid products with these ingredients and you can save your lips.

Also, many women today want bigger lips and decide to undergo a procedure for lip augmentation. Putting fillers in the lips can cause severe problems of which bleeding and swelling are the least dangerous. Also, the lips might remain red and tender for days and fever blisters, as well as cold sores, might appear or reactivated. And if you are still not scared of these, consider possible lip asymmetry, infection, tissue loss and, if the injection hits a blood vessel, ulceration, stiffening and scarring might be the result. And last but not least, allergic reactions might be very grave.

Think twice if this is what you want to risk to have fuller lips. If not, then, look for other options that exist on the market and are completely safe. Such products are the lip plumpers that make lips naturally bigger. Find ones that have no allergens or irritants in the formula and are tested on scientists and not animals. Also, they should have clinically proven ingredients that are safe to be used. Usually these products might cause tingling sensation because the ingredients increase the blood flow in the lip area, however, if the above-mentioned chemicals are absent from the formula, you don’t have anything to be scared of.

When choosing nail polish…

Lately, somehow it became popular for the cosmetic industry, especially the nail polish companies to take pride in the 3-free nail polish formulas (the three dangerous chemicals: Dibutyl Phthalate, Toluene and Formaldehyde) they create. Sticking this as a very important label on the bottles steers us away from the other harmful ingredients the nail polishes contain. To be perfectly sure that the nail polishes you are going to choose are safe, look for the 7-free label, which means that none of the harmful chemicals is present in the formula. These 7 chemicals are Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, Toluene, DBP, Camphor, Xylene or Ethyl Tosylamide.

A few final words

Opting for healthy makeup should always be our priority. Yes, with the chemically enhanced formulas you might look flawless for several hours, but the long-lasting effect these several hours of harmful makeup have on the skin and generally on the health is not worth at all. In fact, beauty doesn’t come from the makeup products you put on your face, but from within and as a result of how you feel. Your positive mindset and healthy well-being are the top two factors of beauty. And finally, it is far better to be healthy and naturally beautiful than forcefully beautiful endangering your health.

© 2019 Ivana Janakieva


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    • Amanda Richards profile image

      Amanda Richards 

      13 months ago from London, UK

      Absolutely love this! Excellent article. Looking forward to more similar posts like this one.

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      Ami Parekh 

      13 months ago from London

      thank you for showing us how to use makeup but in the more healthier way. Your an angel!!!! please go check out my article and leave any comments.. thank youuuu

    • Ilija Sekulov profile image

      Ilija Sekulov 

      13 months ago

      Thank you for the insights, raising awareness about healthy beauty should always be a priority. It is good that the natural and organic products are easily available nowadays, so all we need to do is to learn about them.


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