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!