Chemicals in YOUR Everyday Skin Care

To tell you the truth, I don’t wear makeup, except on the rare occasion. The few and far between date night out, social events and family dinners we participate in are the only times I put on makeup.

I used to use CoverGirl years ago. Now remember, I’ve been living the homesteading country lifestyle for almost 10 years now. I have since stopped wearing much makeup, as mentioned a moment ago, but I have also started to make my own from natural herbs and plants I find on the land and grow in our organic gardens or am able to find at the local amish store, like arrowroot powder.

In my quest for recipes, ideas, “will this herb work for ____ (blank)” and the research I do almost on a daily basis I have certainly found myself on Pinterest. 

Not only do I base my business on natural skin care, it also what, I believe, has become an obsession…if you’ve read any of my other posts, you’ll know that organic gardening and herbology are my therapy of sorts.

I feel at one with myself and nature when I am creating something I can use to better my own and my family’s health, skin and well being.

My only “make up” needs are foundation and powder. I hate the look of blush, eyeliner, eyeshadow, lipstick, and I feel like I’m painted when I have that stuff on. I’m not myself. I much prefer looking like me. I won’t get into it all here but I will say that makeup is one of the biggest offenders for chemical nasties.

As Ms. Scratch Mommy said,

I have been using a foundation that I thought was good quality (Lord knows it sure is CRAZY expensive $45 for just over 1 oz / 30 ml.) Honestly, though I bought it awhile ago because it was mineral based and because it did not have colophony in it (a random contact allergy I have).

I’ve made bold the five ingredients I can pronounce and have heard of. Out of 27 ingredients though. Think about that for a second. 5 out of 27. Staggering.

Silk Crème Oil Free Photo Edition Foundation - Laura Mercier | Sephora

Shop Laura Mercier's Silk Crème Oil Free Photo Edition Foundation at Sephora. The lasting foundation leaves a natural-looking, matte finish.

$45 Laura Mercier Silk Creme Oil (Beige Ivory) brand high end foundation ingredients:

36 Ingredients.
Can you Pronounce them all?

CyclopentasiloxaneSodium ChlorideSorbitan SesquioleateSaccharomyces/Xylinum
Water (Aqua)Glyceryl PolymethacrylatePropylparabenBlack Tea Ferment
Phenyl TrimetnioonePhenoxyethanolMethylparabenPropylene Glycol
Ethylhexyl PalmitateTrihydroxystearinEthylparabenHydroxyethylcellulose
PEG-12 Dimethicone CrosspolymerDiisopropyl Dimer DilinoleateButylparabenCamellia Sinensis (Tea plant) Leaf Extract
Butylene GlycolEthylhexyl HydroxstearateIsobutylparabenPotassium Sorbate
Silica Dimethicone SilylateC30-45 Alkyl CetearylRetinyl PalmitateTitanium Dioxide (CI 77891)
Isononyl Isononanoate Polysilicone-llDimethicone CrosspolymerTocopheryl AcetateIron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77019)
Dimethicone GlycerinSilk Powder (Serica)Ascorbyl Palmitate

$12 Cover Girl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation Popular Brand of Foundation ingredients:

31 Ingredients. 
Can you Pronounce them all?

Ensulizole 3.0%Sodium ChlorideTrihydroxystearinCetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone
Water (Aqua)PEG/PPG-18Arachidyl BehenateIsopropyl Titanium Triisostearate
CyclopentasiloxanePvpMethiconeEthylene Brassylate
Propylene GlycolBenzyl AlcoholSilicaBehenic Acid
TalcPhenoxyethanolSynthetic WaxPolyethylene
DimethiconeSodium HydroxideSodium BenzoateIron Oxides
Aluminum StarchEthyleneHexyl LaurateTitanium Dioxide
OctenylsuocinateCopolymorPolyglyoeryl-4 lsostearate

Huffingtonpost did a study in 2013 with beauty experts and the help of cosmetics database list from the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep to find out which products chemicals are most likely in and scientific studies from journals, the FDA and the CDC to research their effects.  These are just a few of the Chemicals In Your Beauty/ Skincare Products to Avoid:

Makeup Ingredients You Might Want To Avoid

We've been hearing more and more that there are dangerous chemicals lurking in our favorite beauty and skincare products. Mercury in your mascara? Yep, it's in there. Endocrine disruptors in your lip gloss? It is possible.

Chemicals in Skincare to Avoid

The concern: According to the EU, imidazolidinyl urea is one of several “formaldehyde releasers”, which have been shown to induce dermatitis from short-term use. Found in: body wash, eye liner, eye shadow, eye cream, lotion, cleanser, face powder and moisturizer
The concern: The main issue with talc is asbestos — there is talc that contains asbestiform fibers and talc that does not. Case studies have shown an association between asbestiform fibers and the development of mesothelioma. However, the talc in makeup generally does not contain asbestiform fibers. Found in: soap, concealer, deodorant, blush, bronzer, eyeshadow, lip liner, foundation, face powder and nail polish
The concern: Studies have shown this chemical to be “moderately toxic by ingestion”, but it has not been proven dangerous at low concentrations in cosmetics. Found in: conditioner, hair dye, hand cream and hair gel
The concern: DMDM hydantoin is also a formaldehyde releaser, which can cause dermatitis. According to one study, “An increase in the use of DMDM hydantoin in cosmetic products will also increase the risk of cosmetic dermatitis in consumers allergic to formaldehyde.” Found in: shaving cream, eye cream, bath salts/oils/soaks, eye makeup, body wash, cleanser, moisturizer and shampoo
The concern: PEG, or polyethylene glycol, is often used as a laxative ingredient, as it increases the amount of water in the intestinal tract to stimulate bowel movement. But when used as a cosmetic ingredient at low concentrations, PEGs have not been conclusively deemed harmful. Found in: cleanser, concealer, eye cream, tooth whitening, face masks, foot cream and lip balm
The concern: Phthalates are found in lots of plastics and are also used as solvents. According to the CDC, “some types of phthalates have affected the reproductive system of laboratory animals,” where they have endocrine-disrupting effects. However, according to the 2002 Cosmetic Ingredient Review panel, cosmetics expose humans to phthalates in much lower levels than would cause the adverse effects in animals. One study found phthalates to increase risk of diabetes. Found in: deodorant, fragrance, hair gel, mousse, hair spray, nail polish, hand and body lotion
The concern: Diazolidinyl urea is also a formaldehyde releaser and thus has been shown to potentially induce skin irritations. Found in: acne treatment, shampoo, conditioner, lubricant, moisturizer, hand cream, eye cream, makeup remover, body wash, cleanser, toner, face masks, eye liner, sunscreen, hair gel, exfoliants, scrubs, deodorant, powder, bronzer, foot cream, bath oils/salts/soaks, toner, blush, sunless tanning, foundation, body powder, eye makeup, hair dye, concealer, lipstick, shaving cream, hairspray, tanning oil, hand sanitizer, after shave, detangler, hair relaxers and mousse
The concern: BHA can increase sensitivity to the sun’s damaging rays. According to the National Toxicology Program from the Department of Health and Human Services, BHA is “reasonably anticipated to be a carcinogen” but only when in high concentrations — most makeup does not include enough to be dangerous.Found in: eyeliner, nail polish, blush, mascara, eye shadow, lip gloss, concealer, moisturizer, diaper cream, moisturizer, acne treatment, conditioner, shave gel, lipstick, body oil, shaving cream, wax, hand cream, eye cream, body wash, cleanser, fragrances, scrubs, shampoo and hair dye
The concern: Isopropyl alcohol is used in antifreeze, and it can be twice as toxic as ethanol. But the real dangers are in ingesting it directly, whereas its minimal presence in cosmetic products is less dangerous. It can also give products that alcoholic smell. Found in: nail polish, acne treatment, pore strips, hair dye, blush, conditioner
The concern: Mineral oil is produced from petroleum, so if it’s not purified, one study explains, “Chronic exposure to poorly refined base oils has the potential to cause skin cancer.” Ingesting too much mineral oil can also lead to diarrhea and nausea, according to the NIH. But the amounts found in makeup haven’t been conclusively proven as dangerous. Found in: bubble bath, eye makeup remover, baby oil, concealer, lotion, diaper cream, lip gloss
The concern: The FDA states that “animal studies have shown that triclosan alters hormone regulation” and therefore it requested a test of triclosan’s dermal toxicity, dermal carcinogenicity and phototoxicity. It is currently doing research and is still reviewing the ingredient. Found in: after shave, shaving cream, moisturizer, acne treatment, deodorant and toothpaste

Smooth Finish DIY Organic Foundation Makeup...With Sunscreen *

I know that you are probably on a journey to rid your home of toxic products. You are probably looking to do the same with your personal care products, too. Awesome. That makes me extremely happy ...and we have A LOT in common! I have played around with this product for quite some time now.

  1. Almond Oil (or unrefined, raw, organic carrier oil of your choice)
  2. Shea Butter (organic, raw, unrefined shea butter)
  3. Cocoa Butter (organic, raw, unrefined cocoa butter)
  4. Beeswax 
  5. Vitamin E (make sure it’s not from GMO sources)
  6. Zinc Oxide (make sure it is uncoated, non-nano, and not micronized)
  7. Cocao Powder (organic cocao (or cocoa) powder)
  8. Cinnamon (organic cinnamon)

Does ANYONE ELSE see a MAJOR difference between the ingredients in /CoverGirl and Laura Mercier and this all-natural foundation? Oh my gosh. And look how luscious and silky it turns out.

I plan on adding natural foundations and powders in the near future to the skincare shop. I finally have all of the ingredients. I just got the cacao and zinc which was all I was missing.