With all the news out there about toxins in makeup, putting on your face for work can be a little terrifying.
If you don’t know what news I’m talking about, do your health a favor and watch the HBO Max series Not So Pretty which shines a light on the prevalence of talc in cosmetics and the harm they can cause. If that’s not enough to convince you, head over to Environmental Working Group’s website “Skin Deep” which allows you to search thousands of cosmetics to get a safety rating and determine which products in your kit are making you sick (they don’t have everything but it’s an extensive database and they’re adding to it constantly).
If you do the homework above, you’ll find out that loads of cosmetic companies don’t give two sh*ts about ensuring their products are safe. Why? Because it costs them money.
Isn’t there any government oversight? Ha! The FDA turns a blind eye to a lot of bad juju – they still haven’t outlawed talc in cosmetics, and they allow perfume companies to print “Fragrance” on the label because they fought to keep their ingredients (which could be harmful) hidden, arguing it’s a “trade secret.”
It’s up to you to protect yourself.
But you’re not alone. In the first of this two-part series, I’ll share some products that I’ve already done the research on that I know are healthy.
As a sidenote – don’t be fooled by companies that use buzzwords on their products like “organic,” “not tested on animals,” “healthy,” “clean,” and other feel-good phrases – you really do have to check the ingredients, read their sites carefully, and/or look them up on Skin Deep.
- Mineral Fusion – Eyeshadow, blush, foundation and more.
- 100% Pure – Fruit pigmented makeup – non-toxic and the packaging is super cute.
- Everyday Minerals – Eyeshadows, face powders, and more. Plus, they have FREE samples – all you pay for is the shipping – no purchase is necessary.
- Rejuva Minerals – Eyeshadows, blush, mascara, eyeliners and more.
- Lavera – Out of Germany but you can find their products on Amazon. I love their Deep Darkness mascara. Their eyeliners are fabulous too.
- Broomstick Apothecary – Makeup pots that are really cool because you can use them on your eyes, lips, and cheeks. One tiny tin works for all – which makes it great for traveling.
- Milk Makeup – The product I use is their Lip Cheek tube. Like its moniker you can use it on your lips and cheeks. I’m a light redhead/brunette and the color “Swerve” is killer.
- Farmstead Apothecary – Best lip balm on the market. I know it’s expensive – but it’s worth it. They also have face creams -I like their Fig & Honeysuckle the best.
- Benefit’s Bad Gal Bang Waterproof Volumizing Mascara in Intense Pitch Black – Not all of Benefit’s items are rated low risk by Skin Deep but this mascara scores a 2 risk factor, and it’ll give you those long lashes you’re seeking.
- Ilia – Lipsticks and more.
Tune in next week for part 2, where I’ll cover non-toxic skin, hair, nail care and more.
Photo credit: iStock.com/Mizina
Alyssa Collins hails from Minnesota, where snowy days were the perfect excuse to stay warm inside and write. Over the years, she turned that joy into a career and has authored numerous articles for various publications (under pen names). Email Alyssa via firstname.lastname@example.org.