Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Natural Makeup - Could Your Makeup Be Killing You?

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 are the 5 benefits of using only natural makeup?
Natural makeup is:
  • Anti-allergic
  • 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.

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