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I know this is a hard one. We love our make-up!!!!  But the same cautions should be taken on our face as with our skin care products for our body. Now, I will say I don’t always wear natural or organic make-up due to my job. But in my life off the screen when I Do wear make-up I look for all natural organic products. Listen, I know asking you to switch to an all natural organic make-up line is a bit much but read the article below and decide for yourself. And honestly if you decide to just switch to a lipstick that is organic that is a start. 

Also if you are doing all the rest of the things in your life, like eating right, using organic products on your body, and taking care of your spirit, your body may be able to deal with  the toxins in your make-up. I’m not saying use make-up that isn’t natural but I’m a woman and I know we love our make-up. I am sure that once you take the first steps to a healthy fulfilling life it will be more difficult to use those things that aren’t good for you.


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   The human skin wraps and protects our bodies.  It constitutes a living, dynamic tissue system.  It has the remarkable ability to absorb applied products, partially or completely, into the bloodstream.  In fact, up to 60% of the products we use on our skin are absorbed and deposited into the circulatory system (Fairley, 2001).  For instance, the average woman absorbs 30 pounds of the ingredients contained in moisturizers over sixty years (Dr. Hauschka).

   These new understandings of how the skin functions reveal concerns about the possible long term effects due to the combination of chemicals used in cosmetics, often termed the “chemical cocktail effect”.  Several chemicals which are used in common, popular cosmetics are known irritants and carcinogens. Concern stems from the knowledge that most of these ingredients are derived synthetically or from petroleum.  Avoiding these substances serve to decrease overall exposure to harmful or irritating cosmetic ingredients. 


Thought to contribute to Alzheimer’s Disease. Found in most all antiperspirants. Works by blocking pores so sweat cannot be released by the skin.

FD&C, derived form coal tar. 
- For example, Azo dyes are a risk to asthmatics, eczema sufferers and people sensitive to aspirin.  
-Causes hyperactivity in children, severe headaches, blurred vision and itchy/watery eyes and nose (Antczak,2001

Benzoates Benzoic acid, sodium benzoate or parahydroxy benzoate.
Used as a preservative in cosmetics and fizzy drinks. Causes gastric irritation, numbing of the mouth and aggravated asthma (Antczak, 2001)

Certain essential oils    Rosemary is harmful to epileptics.  Sage is not recommended for pregnant women.

DEA, MEA, TEA        
Causes allergic reactions, irritating to eyes and dries our hair and skin (Fairley, 2001)

Dibutyl phthalate         
- Found in all persons tested by the CDC (Center for Disease Control, USA) in 2000 Fall study. 
- Highest levels were found in women of reproductive age.  
- Causes birth defects in animals, and damaging to the male reproductive system (ABC News, Internet Ventures 2000).
- Used in cosmetics to assist the absorption of
                other ingredients.

Formaldehydes        A preservative.
- Causes skin reactions.
- Imidazolidinyl urea is the second most identified preservative causing contact dermatitis (American Academy of Dermatology: Fairley, 2001).
- DMDM hydantoin
- Quaternium 15
- Diazolidinylurea
- 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1
- 3-diol

Can contain up to 200 undeclared substances (Fairley,2001). 
Major cause, in addition to artificial colors, of skin irritations and allergies (Antczak, 2001).
- May cause dizziniess, skin irritations and hyperpigmentation (Fairley, 2001).

Genetically modified Organisms            
- Soy, Corn
- Effects still undetermined.

Isopropyl Alcohol        
-Drying agent, from petroleum.

Keratolytic chemicals    Such as hydroxyl acids, retinoic acid.
- Corrosive, used in skin peels.
- Dissolves the stratum corneum of the epidermis (outemost layer), making skin more sensitive to sun damage.
- Accelerates production of dead skin cells; the skin thickens to repair its surface so that vulnerable skin cells underneath are protected from the effects of skin peeling.(Antczak, 2001).

Methylisothiazolinone    Causes allergic reactions and irritations (Fairley, 2001)>

- Petroleum product.
Triggers skin irritations and maybe an xerestrogen (Fairley, 2001). 
May play a role in falling sperm counts and rising breast cancer rates (Fairley, 2001). 
- Used in 99% of all cosmetics (Fairley, 2001), and in many so-called ‘natural’ products.

- Derived from petroleum.
- In the form of wax, mineral oil or petrolatum
- Comedogenic, i.e blocks pores.

Propylene Glycol        
When derived from petroleum. 
Increase the amount of acid in the body, resulting in metabolic problems.
- Large amounts are needed to produce this effect (Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry of ATSDR, 2003)

Sodium Laureth 
sulfate, sodium lauryl
- Forms carcinogenic nitrogen compounds when combined with specific ingredients.
 - Irritating to eyes, skin and lungs (Antczak, 2001)
- Harmful if swallowed and may cause damage to eyes (Antczak, 2001).

- Animal fat.
- Not suitable for vegans, and may be a skin irritant.

- Found in many nail products and nail polish removers.
- Produced during the process of making gasoline and other fuels from crude oil or coal.
- Evaporated into the air when products containing toluene are opened.
- May affects the nervous system, and/or cause tiredness, confusion, weakness, nausea, or loss of appetite
- Symptoms disappear when exposure is eliminated (ATSDR, 2003)

(cont) Cosmetics do not stay on the skin without penetrating to some degree. Lipstick wearers, for example, consume 1.5 to 4 tubes in a lifetime (Aveda).  If one considers the ingredients being internalized by the body, absorbing plant oils and waxed, mineral pigments or essential oils is a healthier alternative than absorbing petroleum by-products and synthetic chemicals.  The ability to choose the right cosmetics for you depend on accurate ingredient knowledge, personal need and market choices.  Caring for one’s whole body includes skin care choices that support and contribute to a healthy lifestyle.

Natural cosmetic products and make-up are safer, healthier alternatives especially when these products are composed of all natural ingredients.  A natural product is described as one that contains mostly or completely naturally derived ingredients (Antczak, 2001).  It also indicated that the product is free from, or contains minute amounts of artifical chemical additives.  Caution is required when products claim to be natural.  For instance, they may contain small amounts of plant extracts, but the bulk of the product is petroleum based and loaded with fragrances.  Instead, consider switching to completely natural products, which perform to the same standard as their non-natural counterparts.

Switching to all-natural cosmetic products and make-up can help you to avoid feeding your skin harmful chemicals. Many skin problems, such as acne, contact dermatitis, irritations and allergies may disappear once petroleum or synthetic ingredients are removed from your skin care regimen.  Using fully natural products can contribute to healthy skin and healthy body in the long term. (SOURCE)

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