Switch to Natural and Organic Makeup
Research shows that those who wear lipsticks consume between 1,5 – 4 tubes in their lifetime!
That's a pretty terrifying fact if you think about the number of products smeared and smudged across your pout up until now. And it's not just your lips…
The human skin, which wraps and protects our precious bodies, has the impressive ability to absorb up to 60% of the products we use, which are then deposited into the circulatory system. Studies have revealed that an average woman will absorb 30lbs of the ingredients in her moisturisers over 60 years! So, then, does it not make much more sense (and for a far healthier alternative) to be absorbing all-natural essential oils, plant oils, mineral pigments and waxes, as opposed to ingesting petroleum by-products and synthetic chemicals?
It's time to make the switch to Organic Makeup.
WHAT ARE YOU USING?
We here at The Organic Project (TOP) find it difficult to believe that the cosmetic industry is actually getting away with the bad things they are putting into makeup. Allegedly, cosmetics are the least regulated industry under the FDA. Even that 'trusty' foundation on your shelf could be causing more problems than you realise!
All those irritations you experience – including acne, contact dermatitis, sensitive skin, inflammation, clogged pores and redness, to name some – are usually a result of man-made products. What's more, recent research suggests that some of the ingredients found in non-organic products (both cosmetics and personal care products) could be linked to cancer, Alzheimer's disease, allergies, birth defects and type II diabetes.
Most conventional cosmetics use petroleum-based ingredients, which rely on a number of harsh chemicals, such as aluminium and lead, for the production process. To add insult to injury, these toxic substances require extensive mining, meaning a lot of land is being destroyed and stripped of significant wildlife. By switching to Organic makeup, you will not only be protecting your bodies from harmful chemicals, which can actually be poisonous to the endocrine system, but also helping the environment and reducing your carbon footprint.
DON'T PANIC, USE ORGANIC
'Natural' ingredients are derived from natural sources with no synthetic compounds. Certified Organic makeup take things a step further and should contain only plant-sourced ingredients that are cultivated without the use of synthetic chemicals, toxins or pesticides. Evidence abounds for the healing powers of handmade, natural products, which are also much gentler on the skin. Your body is more likely to accept and understand ingredients from the earth, like calendula, sunflower, burdock etc. Makeup and skin care products with natural minerals also provide antioxidant protection, and their vitamin C levels have shown to provide natural sun-shielding benefits. Caring for your body includes skin care choices that contribute to a healthy lifestyle. As well as being chemical- and toxic-free, organic makeup and skin care products reduce dry, tired and dull-looking skin. Remember, beauty comes from within so make sure you are absorbing the right stuff.
HOW TO CHOOSE
To be 100% organic, a product must contain only organically produced ingredients (excluding salt and water). Stay away from mainstream cosmetic brands since most contain harmful substances that are known irritants and carcinogens. Some ingredients to avoid include aluminium, artificial colours, benzoates, formaldehydes, fragrances, parabens, petroleum, paraffin, sodium laureth sulfate and sodium lauryl sulfate and more. Never trust a brand – if a cosmetic does not list its ingredients on the label, pop it back on the shelf!
TOP loves these Australian organic and natural makeup brands, all of which are available on our site: