Saturday, May 8, 2010

What's in your make up?

On the whole, I know more people who wear make up than people who don't. Even a few guys. With that being said, I think more of us should question the things we put on our face. Our skin is our biggest organ. Logically we need to be careful what we expose it to. When I started making eye shadows, I started doing a lot of ingredient research. It made me realize how much unnecessary junk we end up smearing on our face.Parabens, dibutyl phthalates, etc. Most of that is those lovely carcinogens that masquerade in the form of preservatives. So the question is, how much of your health are you willing to sacrifice to be pretty?

Since everyone is becoming more aware of what their using, chemicals don't have to be an issue anymore. A considerable amount of companies are starting to phase out those ingredients. All we need to is a basic knowledge of what to stay away from, and how to research the ingredients we're not familiar with.One way to do this is by searching ingredients on the cosmetics database. I'd advise comparing these ingredient results with a google search. Some items on the database have data gaps, and if it really is a dangerous ingredient, you're pretty likely to find it mentioned elsewhere.

 There are quite a few companies that make safe products. Morgana Minerals, Burt's Bees, Fyrinnae, and my company, Dark Heart Designs, all offer products that are free from parabens and safe to use. I hope after reading this you'll take your health into your own hands and be more aware of the things you're using.