Today’s post is another guest post!
The lovely Peter Minkoff contacted me a couple of weeks ago about featuring on my blog and after reading some other articles that he’s written, I couldn’t decline!
I don’t write much about make up as like I’ve said before I’m not very experienced in make up, so I was more than happy for write a post on make up!
One of the hottest topics today is the green initiative: eliminating all toxic and environmentally threatening objects from our lives and turning to natural solutions. A few year ago, there was a wave of new consciousness about the importance of organically grown crops and today we’re witnessing another wakeup call – whether or not is our personal hygiene threatened by synthetic products? Are organic beauty products healthier for us?
The first thing we need to determine is: what does organic exactly stand for? The American Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) doesn’t have a unified formulation of organic cosmetics. As it is stated on their website: FDA regulates cosmetics under the authority of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) and the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act (FPLA). The term “organic” is not defined in either of these laws or the regulations that FDA enforces under their authority. So, what does organic mean today?
How it’s made
Organic produce is made entirely from naturally grown ingredients. If a label states that a product is 100% organic it means that all ingredients (excluding water and salt) are organic; if it says that the product is organic that means that 95% of the ingredients have to be organically produced, while the rest has to be approved by USDA (US Department of Agriculture); if the label says that the product is made with organic materials that means it must contain at least 70% organic ingredients and the label can list up to three of the organic ingredients or “food” groups on the principal display panel. However, an organic product does not automatically mean that it is safe for your skin. That depends on the ingredient structure.
What is it made from (and what to avoid)
Have you ever read the ingredients list of your most common toiletry? Could you understand at least two of the many complex formulas? The thing is – if you can’t pronounce it, it’s probably synthetized in a lab. That wouldn’t be a problem if those ingredients weren’t linked with various cancers (most commonly skin and breast). One such ingredient is polytetrafluoroethylene. Doesn’t seem familiar? How about Teflon®? Ah yes, this non-stick ingredient found in blushes and foundations has been associated with delayed menstruation, later breast development and cancer. The same goes for parabens (linked to breast cancer), phthalates (potentially harmful to the reproductive system) and talc (linked to ovarian cancer). Avoiding these ingredients will lower the risk of dangerous diseases.
Make a smart choice
Is the situation so hopeless that we can’t trust anyone with our beloved makeup items? Not all hope is lost, there are a few names in the industry that stay true to the organic business model. First of all, you should shorten your list of cosmetic must-haves. I tend to stick to the essentials: a black-tea based mascara, a jojoba oil based lipstick (with natural fruit dye) and, of course, an organic naked palette ideal for ultra-precise contouring. You could introduce a blush and perhaps a concealer to this set, but this should be enough to make you shine like a star.
Besides a few chosen brands that still keep the organic values afloat, you could put in an effort to make your own makeup in your very own kitchen. For example, for a simple foundation you would need the following ingredients: arrowroot powder as base and one or a combination of cocoa powder, ground cinnamon and/or nutmeg. Depending on your tone of skin, you should experiment with the amount of pigmented ingredients. You can find all sorts of DIY recipes for mascaras and lipsticks online. It’s the safest, healthiest and cost-efficient makeup concept.
As you can see, there is a way to remain trendy, keep your chic style and still preserve nature by lowering health hazards in your basic skincare.
Peter is a fashion enthusiast and an editor for HighStyleLife magazine located in Brisbane, Australia.
After graduating from Australian Institute of Creative Design, he worked as a trend forecaster and a stylist for few fashion events in Brisbane. Besides writing, he loves cooking exotic meals and making DIY cosmetics. He plans to create his own business for beauty and style advising.
Thank you so much to Peter for getting in touch with me to feature on my blog.
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