The green movement prompted even the most hardcore makeup junkies to give organic makeup a second look. Unfortunately, the majority of mainstream makeup brands use harsh chemicals that can speed up aging and even cause breakouts. Organic and natural makeup contains mild chemicals so they are suitable to sensitive skin. And just like regular cosmetics, mineral makeup comes in an array of shades and textures to choose from. In today’s post, we are giving you five reasons to love organic makeup:
1. Zero Harsh Chemicals
Imagine dealing with zero breakouts on new cosmetics. That’s exactly what you’ll get when you switch to organic makeup. Organic makeup does not contain harsh chemicals that can trigger an allergic reaction or cause irritation. Conventional cosmetics are often made with synthetic chemicals to prolong shelf life. These chemicals include parabens and phthalates. These compounds are linked to cancer and type 2 diabetes. The Environmental Protection Agency also warns that parabens and phthalates are dangerous especially when applied on the skin! Good thing organic makeup does not contain any of these compounds at all.
2. Environmentally Friendly
Most beauty products contain petroleum-based ingredients and other chemicals. These compounds are not only irritating to the skin; they are also harmful to the environment. For example, petroleum, lead, and aluminum require extensive mining. Mining these chemicals alone destroys the forests, displaces thousands of animals and disperses tons of chemicals into the atmosphere. Studies show that mining is one of the main causes of global warming.
Common body care products – such as antiperspirant and deodorants – contain aluminum. This metal is linked to breast cancer and Alzheimer’s Disease. Most cosmetics contain traces of lead and petroleum, which are linked to cancer and mental disorders. Going organic limits your exposure to these dangerous minerals. You are also helping save thousands of square miles of forests from destruction every year.
3. No Irritating Fragrance
Mainstream makeup brands (and body care brands too!) use synthetic scents to make their products more attractive to customers. But the same scents that make these products a joy to use is wreaking havoc on your skin and body! Synthetic scents are made up of chemicals that irritate the skin. When inhaled, these chemicals can cause respiratory problems and allergies. Worse, pregnant women who are exposed to these chemicals increase their baby’s risk of birth defects, nervous system disorders and even learning problems.
On the other hand, organic makeup does not contain harsh chemicals that will harm you or your baby! These products are made from 100% natural ingredients such as essential oils as scents.
4. Skin-Friendly Nutrients
Organic skin care products and cosmetics provide skin-friendly nutrients. These nutrients maintain moisture and improve skin texture. They hydrate the skin deeply, preventing the onset of premature aging. Most organic makeup brands use cocoa butter white tea extracts, seed oils and nut butter to pump up the skin with nutrients. These ingredients are rich in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals that slow down the signs of aging!
5. Effective Protection
Did you know that mineral makeup helps protect the skin from the sun’s damaging rays? Organic sunblock contains titanium oxide, zinc oxide or iron oxide. These natural compounds protect from ultraviolet rays and prevent premature aging! Vitamin C, which is a common nutrient found in organic makeup, also neutralize the effects of oxidative stress. Oxidative stress is caused by free radicals, molecules that destroy healthy cells.