Living Uncomplicated. Lipstick Health.
Synthetic products have made our lives complicated.
Companies go to great lengths to mimic what is otherwise a nature-al sensation to our senses. Our five senses, touch - taste - hear - see - smell. They all feed our brain info through our neurons. When it's synthetic it still has that heightened response but comes with baggage.
Reducing our exposure to synthetics reduces the baggage the body has to deal with. Synthetic defined = noting or pertaining to compounds formed through a chemical process by human agency, as opposed to those of natural origin.
It is a very complex world because not every synthetic ingredient is bad and not everything natural is good. However, the 99% rule, avoid synthetic ingredients and check things out.
HOW HEALTHY IS YOUR LIPSTICK?
There’s no quicker way to boost your confidence and polish an outfit than applying lipstick. Even if there’s no time for a full face of makeup, lip colours brighten your look in an instant, but you’ll undoubtedly end up ingesting most of that product by the end of the day, no matter how long it may claim to stay on. Many of us can recall that distinct chemical-y smell and taste as we tried our mother’s lipstick on as a child, so what has changed? Generally, very little aside from added fragrance. The cosmetic market is still marginally regulated throughout the world and most consumers remain naïve to the hormone-disrupting chemicals and known carcinogens they are putting into their bodies each day.
Most of the natural skincare fans I encounter simply don’t wear makeup, which is definitely the best way to avoid regularly slathering yourself in undesirable chemicals, but unfortunately isn’t an option for those of us who feel the need for a little cosmetic assistance before we leave the house each day. So how can we keep ourselves well-presented without risking our health? Like any other organic overhaul, research is key.
For those who are time-poor, most organic health stores stock a variety of cosmetic brands which contain far less nasties than mass-market brands, so the work is done for you. If you’re overhauling your existing collection, watch out for retinyl palmitate (Vitamin A), tocopheryl acetate (Vitamin E), petrolatum and mica. Some of these ingredients are used in natural products as well, but they are more likely to be contaminated with toxic minerals and metals such as lead. If you insist on using Vitamins A or E for their skincare properties, purchase from a reputable, high quality company and research their production process and quality of ingredients.
Organic skincare and cosmetics brands generally embrace the ideal of accentuating natural beauty, rather than covering it up.
For beauty junkies who want to maintain the quality and pigmentation of non-organic cosmetics, or for those occasions when you need to look a little more glam than what can be achieved with organic products, invest in reputable brands that avoid cheap fillers, thickeners and fragrance, or listed PEGs and preservatives such as parabens. Even when some low to mid-range brands list their ingredients, they’re often less pure, especially if mass produced, which means they’re more likely to be contaminated with lead and other known carcinogens. This means that even though lead (carcinogenic) or phthalates (hormone-disrupting) may not be listed in the ingredients, they may have contaminated certain minerals during the production process or be present in added fragrance which doesn’t legally need to have its particular components disclosed in the ingredient deck.
Thankfully, the popularity of intensive, luxe skincare and ‘no-makeup makeup’ is only growing in strength in 2017, particularly in Australia where the humidity melts heavy, pigmented lipsticks and makes light, mineral-based organic lip tints, oils and balms a much more comfortable and healthy option, and continuing research and product development means organic brands are offering a better range and higher quality of products all the time.
IF YOUR LIPPIE IS A GLOBAL BRAND, check out its ingredients on this amazing site - EWG. The Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep Cosmetics Database is a great US online resource that lists the chemical ingredients of thousands of products (nearly 80,000). There are 1820 results for lipstick brands,
They rate the overall risk - Overall Hazard; Cancer; Developmental and Reproductive Toxicity & Use Restrictions...
and also list each individual ingredient; state the concerns and score the toxicity.
It's important to note that the EWG cautions against jumping to conclusions about the health threat posed by each ingredient: "Research studies have found that exposure to this ingredient -- not the products containing it -- caused the indicated health effect(s) in the studies reviewed by Skin Deep researchers. Actual health risks, if any, will vary based on the level of exposure to the ingredient and individual susceptibility."
Going over this website so overwhelms me. What are we doing to ourselves! Ahhhhh!