If you are a makeup buff who has decided to give natural cosmetic and personal care products a try, here are a few friendly reminders to guide you in the switch.
Horror stories of harmful chemicals contained in most of our cosmetics can lead us to want to stop buying makeup altogether! But if we put in a little more effort to becoming more aware of what we are purchasing, we can make informed choices to protect our health with cosmetic products that are safe and natural.
The bad news is, it’s difficult to separate the wheat from the chaff as to what is good and what is bad for us, but here are a few simple pointers to help you make a good decision on which cosmetic product to buy:
Don’t Judge the Product by its Cover
Unfortunately, packaging can be really deceiving; so don’t be swayed by claims such as ‘natural’, ‘dermatologist tested’, or ‘organic’. Even the rights to these so-called labels can be purchased for use.
In some cases these claims are indeed true, but more often than not they are just there to entice you to choose them over other less prettily packaged products, but on the inside they are no different from their non-natural cosmetic counterparts. Which goes on to where we should base our judgements on …
The Proof is in the Pudding (or, Ingredients)
The only real way to know what’s in the product is to check the ingredient label. Generally speaking, ingredients which are listed first are what your products contain the most, like water or beeswax.
Scrutinizing your cosmetics based on their ingredients alone can be hard at first because chances are you wouldn’t be familiar with the ingredients listed. But with a little bit of Googling from reliable sources, you’ll learn to recognize them for what they are sooner than you can say all-natural. Take special notice of any warnings or poison symbols, as these are very good signs that the product isn’t natural!
Less Fragrance is More
More than 5,000 different fragrances are used in the cosmetic world, and most are often composed of toxic, allergy-causing chemicals. The word ‘fragrance’ on the ingredient label is a very generic term that wouldn’t tell you what exact substance they used to scent your product, so it would be wiser to opt for fragrance-free ones instead.
Review your Rituals
The moment you start making a conscious effort to know the ingredients that go into your cosmetics and learn what they are for, you may find that some of them run in more than one of your beauty products, and using both of them would be redundant. You can cut back on some products you use when they serve similar functions without detracting from how you look and feel.
You may even find that certain household ingredients work just as well for your beauty needs, sparing you a few good bucks and a lot of unwanted and unnecessary chemicals.
Stay Tuned on Protection Regulations
Some authorities nowadays are clamping down on the substances makeup manufacturers can or cannot use. While you can’t entirely depend on regulations to completely protect you, it is good news for you, the buyer, that their role is increasingly coming into play.
Check your country or local government’s websites for the latest information, advisories, and regulations regarding these. Some unbiased organizations have put up websites to make it easier for you to evaluate your products.
There is a lot to learn when you’re first getting started with intelligently choosing your beauty products. But there’s no need to be intimidated when making the switch; just take one step at a time to familiarize yourself with new ingredients as you encounter them.
You’ll soon recall which ones are good for you and which ones aren’t in no time, and you’ll be well on your way to having your skin, body, and health thanking you for it.