For some people, the idea of leaving the house without their full repertoire of makeup in place is utterly unthinkable, while others view makeup as a once in a blue moon situation. Whichever end you are at or likely somewhere in the middle, the most important question may well be is can you buy eco-friendly makeup? Or what particular ingredients should you avoid? http://www.makeupchalet.com/ has some great reviews on helping you find the best makeup brush for you!
What to avoid
Recent research has highlighted some additives that are commonly used in makeup for their potentially unwanted side effects.
Parabens is one, a preservative that many of the best organic makeups now go to lengths to advise that they no longer contain. They were used to prevent microbial growth inside the makeup but have been found to contain a substance that acts as an endocrine disruptor, which has been implicated as a carcinogenic. There have even been some studies that suggest these substances are changing the very gender of the fish that live around outflow pipes of the sewer system.
Phalates is another substance that is found in nail polishes as well as some fragrances and have been found to have an effect on the reproductive system. The test have been done on lab animals but the same absorption can take place in the human body.
Other substances found in makeup that may have a longer term effect on both the body and the environment include mercury, of which tiny amounts are used in mascara and coal tar colours, often found in hair dye as well as makeup under the name FD&C or D&C. FD&C Blue 1 and Green 3 have been found to carcinogenic properties and some others cause skin cancer.
If you aim for organic makeup that is genuinely organic as opposed to just styled as organic, then this is good for you and the environment. Organic products have no pesticides in the production, which lessens the impact on the environment and also means you aren’t absorbing them into your system.
Not only that, but also many organic products are made in recyclable packaging and use printing methods such as soy-based inks.
While not strictly speak eco-friendly, buying products that have not been tested on animals is very much in keeping with other green concerns. Many companies now work hard to make sure their products aren’t tested on animals with a cruelty-free logo on their products. Some brands have taken it even further with an avoidance of animal products as ingredients and even some of the best makeup brushes will use synthetic fibres rather than anything made from an animal.
If you are unsure if a brand or company are cruelty free, you can check it out on the PETA website. This is the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and has a searchable database for this purpose.
Going green doesn’t mean you have to forego makeup or perfume, it simply means you need to be a little more aware of what things really mean. Make sure that organic is 100% organic not just the odd product and that ‘not tested on animals’ means cruelty free.