When you apply your makeup in the morning, does your skin feel irritated? Do your eyes feel bogged down from the under-the-eye concealer? Are your eye lids heavy from the eye shadow?Does your head feel foggy or do you get headaches often?
I have never been a girl that wears makeup often, but definitely am an occasional wearer. About a year ago, I ran out of my Afterglow (mineral-based and gluten-free) concealer, mascara, and eye shadow. I didn’t totally love it, so I ended up just buying some mainstream cosmetics. It took me awhile to figure out what was causing my sporadic feelings of head heaviness and eye sluggishness. One day I took a “time out” to retrace my steps. What did I do to feel this way? Luckily, after too long, I finally pieced it together and sought out answers.
The makeup that I had purchased wasn’t the worst out there, but it still was making me feel weird. According to the Environmental Working Group, my makeup posted an average of 3 on the danger scale and any health hazard was a bit lower than moderate. Not ideal but it doesn’t read as a threat to my health, per say.
I thought, can I really blame these feelings on my cosmetics? Because I couldn’t find any concrete data on the ingredients in my products and the symptoms I felt, I decided to be the test “guinea pig.” I bought new (organic and gluten-free) under-eye concealer, mascara, eye liner, and lip gloss from Gabriel Cosmetics. I applied it the same as other product, wore it for the same amount of time, and removed it the same way. My eyes, skin, and head felt the same as no make-up and I had no “heaviness” or “fogginess.”
I used my new product several times and have had no residual effects from them. Why? There are no hard facts about the ingredients in the product that I was using; however, unlike mainstream cosmetics, many organic, vegan, and gluten-free cosmetic lines are free from:
- Coal Tar Derivatives or FD&C agents
- Mineral Oil
- Peanuts & Tree Nuts
- Propylene Glycol
- Hydrogenated Oils
- Nano/Micro sized particles
- Synthetic dyes
- Bismuth Oxychloride
Instead, these natural and/or organic lines use ingredients from plants. For instance, Gabriel Cosmetics uses almond oil, jojoba seed oil, wax, shea butter, and chamomile extract in their lipstick. Alima Pure is all about nature and only uses natural, pure minerals. Now those ingredients I can feel safe and excited about!
To feel our beautiful selves, wearing cosmetics that are free of toxins, irritants, and preservatives is a big step (for some of us) that’s definitely in the right direction.
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