Questions on Natural Makeup

After reading some of my articles and posts you may now be thinking to buy some natural makeup products. But you have questions? Here are answers to the questions about natural makeup that you didn’t want to ask, or that you didn’t know were important! The answers are the result of much research.

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Are natural makeup products just as good as commercially available ones? They are even better! Because there are no harmful chemicals in natural makeup, it’s much kinder to the skin and less likely to cause skin reactions.

Why are natural makeup products more expensive? This is because they don’t contain cheap ingredients that most of the commercially available makeup products contain. However, if you compare the more expensive commercial products to good quality natural makeup products then there isn’t much difference. At least you know that you are not risking your health by using makeup products with toxic ingredients.

If ‘usual’ makeup is dangerous why is still being marketed? Many of the individual ingredients haven’t been assessed for long-term health risks. The same poisons that pollute the environment, from dioxins to petrochemicals, can be found in the average bathroom cabinet. The makeup industry is worth billions of dollars and so profit put ahead of health. Loopholes in Government regulations are being exploited by manufacturers to allow banned chemicals into over-the-counter products. Some may remember a time when cigarettes were branded has healthy.

What is the shelf life for mascara? 3-4 months max. For eyeshadow and lipstick it could be a few years. Use this rule of thumb: if it smells bad or the texture has changed, it’s gone bad. You shouldn’t use any contaminated products in the eye area. When in doubt, throw it out.

What is mineral foundation? Mineral foundation makeup refers to foundations or base makeups that are usually powder and are produced from minerals like mica, bismuth oxychloride, titanium dioxide or zinc oxide. Be careful though, talc is also a mineral, so a mineral foundation that is talc-based could be marketed as a “mineral makeup” – so check labels thoroughly although most mineral make-up sold makes a point of being talc-free.

I have acne, can I use mineral foundation? Titanium dioxide and zinc oxide have anti-inflammatory properties and certain mineral makeups can also have a calming effect on the skin. So these can be used if you suffer acne or any other facial inflammatory problems.

Will mineral foundation protect me from the sun? Natural mineral foundation as a natural SPF of 15. However most doctors will say that this isn’t enough for good sun protection. So before applying natural foundation use a good natural sunscreen.

Is it possible to buy organic mineral foundation makeup? No. The term “organic” only applies to ‘organic matter’ and therefore does not apply to minerals, as they are a mined ingredient, from the earth.

If I have sensitive skin can I wear any type of natural makeup? You always have to do an allergy check because even some natural and hypoallergenic skin care and makeup products can cause a reaction. Of course because there are only natural ingredients there then the chances are much less.

How long do natural makeup products last? Check the labels. Usually though not more than 6 months. This is because they are free of nasty preventives like parabens.

What can I do so that my makeup doesn’t go bad? Never put your fingers in your products. Use a small spatula. Don’t ever share your cosmetics. Don’t use saliva or water to moisten brushes. Clean brushes weekly with a mild detergent (100% natural of course). Wash your hands before applying makeup products.

Are makeup products screened by the FDA? Makeup products and their ingredients are not subject to FDA regulation prior to their release into the market. If a product already on sale is found to violate Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) and Fair Packaging and Labeling Act (FPLA) then the FDA may start taking action against this violation.

Can I go to bed without removing natural makeup? All makeup should be removed before going to bed. Of course because it is natural it is less likely to irritate your skin. So remove it with virgin coconut oil. This will not only remove the makeup but also moisturize your skin as well.

Is there lead in lipstick? Some recent studies have shown that there can be lead in lipstick especially ones with a red pigment. The results have shown there can be as little as 0.3ppm to 0.65ppm. That may not be enough you would think to worry about, but imagine how many times you apply lipstick! Lead is dangerous because it’s a heavy metal and binds to key components in the respiratory chain rather than being digested. It sticks around and build up prevents the production of ATP (adenosine tri phosphate) which is the basic energy source all living things need in order to work.

Should I buy and use natural makeup products? Most certainly YES!

Do you have any more questions? Then feel free to ask them -the answers provided will help a lot more people who didn’t want to ask, or who didn’t think that they were important!

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