ORGANIC MAKEUP: WHY YOU SHOULD SWITCH AND HOW

It is easy to feel like organic makeup is just a new, popular thing on the market, but that isn’t the truth. Now, as a generation, we are starting to pay more attention to what we put onto and into our bodies, and that contains makeup. As you grow you learn that better products definitely get better results –better for your skin, better staying power, and richer pigments and so on.

 

Over the past few years, I started researching more and more how your skin absorbs everything that is put on it and it goes directly into your blood. Your skin grips more than 60 percent of what is applied topically; whether it’s your makeup, shampoo, lotion, soap, deodorant, etc. This means your pores are drinking up a toxic cocktail that goes straight into your blood.

 

WHY YOU SHOULD SWITCH TO ORGANIC MAKE-UP?

 

  • Petrolatum

Petrolatum mostly in lip products, and forms a barrier over the skin, supposedly ‘locking in moisture’. In fact, this ingredient affects with your skins natural moisturizing mechanism, leading to dry skin and chapped lips.

 

  • Synthetic colors

These are best avoided due to the increased risk of skin allergies and sensitivity they can cause. Due to them being a synthetic chemical, and an unnatural ingredient that our bodies are not supposed to absorb, skin can develop irritation and allergies from using products with synthetic colors.

 

  • Mineral oil

Mineral oil is used in most foundations and makeup that are designed for dryer skin. When applied, it stops the skins ability to eliminate toxins from the body, by disturbing the functioning of the liver. It can also block pores and prevent skin from breathing.

 

  • Synthetic fragrance

Synthetic fragrance is a mixture of chemicals used to make the product smell enjoyable, but with many side effects that can cause problems for the wearer. Synthetic fragrances can irritate skin, cause allergies and are generally a little too harsh for our gentle skin.

 

HOW TO SWITCH TO ORGANIC MAKE-UP?

If you also want to switch to organic makeup but have difficulties with the change, whether it’s due to doubts or prejudices, then hopefully the following information and my personal tips can help ease some of your worries:

 

  • Start slowly

Many think that a change must be essential used up old products one by one and only bought something new after the old ones were finished. But if you want to sort out directly, no problem. But I think that this is the more complicated approach that can lead to frustration faster and also creates a lot of unnecessary waste. In addition, I first changed the products that I use daily, such as concealer and highlighter, and then later on found natural alternatives for products that I use less often.

 

  • Do not be directly put off by the price

Some products are certainly more expensive, especially if you before always bought only the cheapest but honestly, in the past I bought more and there was so much stuff laying around in the bathroom that I never actually used up.

As soon as I minimized my consumption in general, the higher price did not matter, because through my sensible consumption (only buying what I actually need) I ended up saving money. In most cases, the price is reasonable by the very high quality organic ingredients that really help and are grown sustainably and fair trade. Quality and beliefs also play an important role in organic cosmetics.

 

  • Check the ingredients

 Take into attention what the active naturals are and where they fall on the list. If the first ingredient is water, the formula isn’t going to be as focused and give you as much bang for your buck. If the obverse of the package touts rosemary and it’s one of the last ingredients, chances are only a drop went into the vat and therefore will not have a huge effect on your skin.

 

  • Adjust your expectations

Natural cosmetics are mostly chemical-free, but that means, conversely, that one cannot always expect the same performance from 100% natural mascara as that from a 48-hour long-stay super-waterproof mascara. The perfect natural mascara will certainly come around soon, but until then, I just look for the one with the best performance. The same goes for sunscreen. Here I have already written extensively about it. But otherwise, there is a suitable natural alternative for almost all conventional products.

 

  • Alcohol

Natural cosmetics supposedly always contain far too much alcohol. Even natural cosmetics need to be conserved somehow (otherwise I recommend, for example, pure oils that do not need preservers), but not all alcohol is the same. On the one hand, alcohol dissolves quite quickly when applying to the skin. Chemical preservatives however often penetrate into the skin, or stay on the skin throughout the day.

On the other hand, high quality alcohol is usually used in natural cosmetics – there are huge changes in quality here. Of course, if you have very sensitive skin you should pay attention and try to find products with lower alcohol content.

 

  • Potential allergies?

Many of my friends gave up on natural cosmetics immediately or do not even trust them because they allegedly immediately have allergic responses to the products. Of course, any material, as in conventional cosmetics, can cause allergies in individuals, this is not a particular problem of natural cosmetics, but exists in both areas.

In addition, there are also natural cosmetics products made particularly for people with sensitive skin and products specifically made without essential oils and perfume. So you should pay attention to these keywords in the product description.

 

In big cities, you can find the products in a big mall or in natural cosmetics stores to try them out on the spot. Or on the other hand, you can go to the website of the individual products and click. There you can find out in which shops the products are sold. Or the shop has a local showroom. Then you can test the products in peace and, in the best case, additionally receive advice.

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