Makeup, the natural way
Awareness on healthy food consumption and better wellness is on the rise, and so must the awareness on what we put on our skin. We nourish our bodies with good food, organic produce and even green juicing but what our skin absorbs is just as important.
I’ve never really paid much attention to it until I embraced a more pro-active health and wellness lifestyle which is something all of us mamas can get on board with. If something as ordinary as birth control patches make your way through your skin to alter your body’s hormones, think of what all the chemicals found in our makeup and beauty products can do. Yikes!
Here are the top three toxic culprits you definitely want to avoid when purchasing skin products or makeup:
- Parabens. They are added to cosmetics as a preservative to avoid bacterial growth.
- Phthalates. They are compounds often used in plastic such as toys and food packaging but have recently been found in personal care products such as hair spray, mascara etc. It is used as a way to make products less brittle and more consistent.
- Formahldehyde. According to data from the federal Food and Drug Administration, nearly 1 in 5 cosmetic products contains a substance that generates formaldehyde, a known human carcinogen, reports Johanna Congleton, a senior scientist for Environmental Working Group. Their Skin Deep app that allows you to research thousands of listed products and ingredients for their safety.
With this in mind, I’ve been on the search for more natural (minimum harmful ingredients is key!) if not organic makeup and cosmetics. I was delighted to find a few in Hong Kong and have tested all of these myself. Click through our slideshow to find out my favourite naturally wonderful picks!
If you’re looking for that light coverage-second-skin look, then you’re going to love Bare Mineral’s Complexion Rescue‘s formulation. This is perfectly light and sheer enough to glide over your skin even on those sticky humid days.
If you’re looking for something that is vegan-friendly, then you’re going to love the Eyes of Horus brand. One of our picks for defining your brows is the Eyes of Horus Dual Eyebrow Pencil and Gel. The shape of this pencil that allows for light and natural strokes mimicking fine hairs for a natural finish. It comes with a mascara wand with gel on the other end that helps set your brows in place. Perfect!
For mamas looking for a fuller set of lashes, look no further than Avril Organic’s Mascara. The formulation helps thicken and lengthen your natural lashes for that flirty look.
It contains no harmful ingredients so it is perfect for sensitive eyes as it’s made with marula seed oil, jojoba, sunflower oil, and raspberry water.
This affordable French cosmetics line is all about proposing high quality organic makeup, hair care, body care as well as nail polish too!
In the cooler temperatures, we love a good lip treatment. This one from Freshmade Organics is a top favourite. The Rose Hip Lip Glow Treatment is a great primer base for lipsticks, but also fab for overnight treatments. It contains 100% organic olive oil, coconut oil, organic beeswax, rose hip oil and natural vitamin E.
When it comes to eyeliner, who doesn’t love enhancing their eyes with a bit of colour and subtle flair? The Copper Sphinx Liquid Metallic Liner from Eyes of Horus adds a pop of colour that will surely add some spice to date night. Where as the Goddess Perfect Eyeliner is great for tight-lining the upper and lower lids for a bolder look. Yes, please!
On the market for a new blush, mama? I love this one from Avril. The Pearly Pink Organic Blush is infused with pomegranate which illuminates and adds life to your cheeks for a subtly healthy glow. It is certified organic and made in France. Sounds good to us!
Who isn’t a fan of a good lippy? I discovered this perfect pink gloss from Human Heart Nature fell in love. Mainly because it’s made with vegetable derived ingredients, some special seed oils, and beeswax, this lipgloss passes as 100% natural. All natural so we can be worry-free when we pop this colour on!