I try to keep my daily routine as green as possible. I slather my body in unrefined coconut oil, removed hair products with parabens and other harmful chemicals, and I'm mindful of the food I eat. The most difficult part of my routine to green up (for lack of a better phrase) has been my makeup.
Most of the makeup on the market is full of chemicals that are very harmful to our skin and overall health. Ten common chemicals found in makeup and skincare in general include: parabens, artificial fragrance, sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), toluene, phthalates, polyethylene glycol (PEGs), formaldehyde, oxybenzone, diethanolamine and triclosan.
Parabens have been linked to breast cancer, skin cancer, and reduced sperm count. Look for products that are labeled "paraben-free".
Artificial fragrances can disrupt hormones. Look for products that are fragrance-free or fragranced with essential oils.
SLS contributes to skin irritation, including acne.
Toluene, Phthalates and Formaldehyde
These chemicals are normally found in nail products. It is known to cause headaches, respiratory issues and birth defects.
PEGs are carcinogenic skin irritants. They are found in scrubs, body wash, makeup and toothpaste.
Oxybenzone is found in sunscreen. It acts as estrogen, alters sperm production and is linked to endometriosis. Look for sunscreen with zinc or titanium oxide as the active ingredient.
This known carcinogen is found mostly in hair dye and shampoo.
Triclosan is found in many antibacterial products. It is linked to hormonal changes, impaired muscle function, impaired muscle function and impaired immune function. Look for products with natural antiseptics like tea tree oil.
Most of the "better for you" makeup that I've seen is expensive. While looking through Pinterest, I came across a lot of DIY makeup recipes, so I decided to give one of the foundations a try. Most of the ingredients were already in my house; arrowroot powder, cocoa powder, green clay. I was skeptical. It felt like I was baking a cake, but I wanted to give it a chance. I quickly found out it definitely was cake mix on my face. Click here to see my full review.
I'm willing to try another recipe. Maybe I did something wrong. For now, I'll continue my search for a reasonably priced, chemical free foundation.