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.
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.
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).
(Beige Ivory): Cyclopentasiloxane, Water (Aqua), Phenyl Trimethicone, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, PEG-12 Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Butylene Glycol, Silica Dimethicone Silylate, Isononyl Isononanoate Polysilicone-11, Dimethicone Glycerin, Sodium Chloride, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, Phenoxyethanol, Trihydroxystearin, Diisopropyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Ethylhexyl Hydroxstearate, C30-45 Alkyl Cetearyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Propylparaben, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Butylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Silk Powder (Serica), Saccharomyces/Xylinum
I've underlined the three ingredients I CAN pronounce and have heard of. Out of 27 ingredients though. Think about that for a second. 3 out of 27. Staggering.
$45 Laura Mercier Silk Creme Oil (Beige Ivory) brand high end foundation ingredients:
36 Ingredients. Can you Pronounce them all?
PEG-12 Dimethicone Crosspolymer
Silica Dimethicone Silylate
Isononyl Isononanoate Polysilicone-ll
Diisopropyl Dimer Dilinoleate
C30-45 Alkyl Cetearyl
Silk Powder (Serica)
Black Tea Ferment
Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract
Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)
Iron Oxides (CI 77491
CI 77492, CI 77019)
$12 Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation Popular Brand of Foundation ingredients:
31 Ingredients. Can you Pronounce them all?
Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone
Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate
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:
Chemicals in Skincare to Avoid
Almond Oil (or unrefined, raw, organic carrier oil of your choice)
Shea Butter (organic, raw, unrefined shea butter)
Cocoa Butter (organic, raw, unrefined cocoa butter)
Beeswax (organic, raw, unrefined beeswax)
Vitamin E (make sure it’s not from GMO sources)
Zinc Oxide (make sure it is uncoated, non-nano, and not micronized)
Cocao Powder (organic cocao (or cocoa) powder)
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 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.