Why Make The Switch?
I love make up. I think it’s great. What isn’t so great is that depending how much, how often and what type of make up you use, you could be absorbing (that is right, I said absorbing) pounds of toxic, hormone disrupting, cancer feeding chemicals that over the long term could create illnesses we never thought would come from our morning routine. It is scary to think about. Caring for one’s whole body includes skin care choices that support and contribute to a healthy lifestyle. One way to avoid absorbing so many chemicals and toxins, if for instance, you can’t quite make the switch right away, is to buy an high quality organic face primer and lotion and first put that on, then apply your make up. That will help block out some of the toxins. The best choice is to make the switch.
The human skin wraps and protects our bodies. It constitutes a living, dynamic tissue system. It has the remarkable ability to absorb applied products, partially or completely, into the bloodstream. In fact, up to 60%-70% of the products we use on our skin are absorbed and deposited into the circulatory system (Fairley, 2001). For instance, the average woman absorbs 30 pounds of the ingredients contained in moisturizers over sixty years (Dr.Hauschka).
These new understandings of how the skin functions reveal concerns about the possible long term effects due to the combination of chemicals used in cosmetics, often termed the “chemical cocktail effect”.
Several chemicals which are used in common, popular cosmetics are known irritants and carcinogens. Carcinogens are cancer causing agents.
Concern stems from the knowledge that most of these ingredients are derived synthetically or from petroleum. Avoiding these substances with serve our bodies tremendously over the long-haul and using organic make up with limit overall exposure to harmful or irritating cosmetic ingredients.
|Ingredients to Avoid||Forms Found in Cosmetics and Possible Negative Side Effects|
|Aluminum||Thought to contribute to Alzheimer’s Disease.
Found in almost all antiperspirants.
Works by blocking pores so sweat cannot be released by the skin.
|Artificial colours||FD&C, derived from coal tar.
For example, Azo dyes are a risk to asthmatics, eczema sufferers and people sensitive to aspirin.
Causes hyperactivity in children, severe headaches, blurred vision and itchy/watery eyes and nose (Antczak, 2001).
|Benzoates||Benzoates Benzoic acid, sodium benzoate or parahydroxy benzoate.
Used as a preservative in cosmetics and fizzy drinks.Causes gastric irritation, numbing of the mouth and aggravates asthma (Antczak, 2001).
|DEA, MEA, TEA||Causes allergic reactions, irritating to eyes and dries out hair and skin (Fairley, 2001).|
|Dibutyl phthalate||Found in all persons tested by the CDC (Center for Disease Control, USA) in a 2000 Fall study.
Highest levels were found in women of reproductive age.
Causes birth defects in animals, and damaging to the male reproductive system (ABC News, Internet Ventures 2000).
Used in cosmetics to assist the absorption of other ingredients.
Causes skin reactions.
Imidazolidinyl urea is the second most identified preservative causing contact dermatitis (American Academy of Dermatology: Fairley, 2001).
|Fragrances||Can contain up to 200 undeclared substances (Fairley, 2001).
Major cause, in addition to artificial colours, of skin irritations and allergies (Antczak, 2001).
May cause dizziniess, skin irritation and hyperpigmentation (Fairley, 2001).
|Genetically Modified Organisms||Soy, Corn
Effects are currently being studied, but suspected to do damage on a cellular level.
|Isopropyl Alcohol||Drying agent, from petroleum.|
|Keratolytic chemicals||Such as hydroxyl acids, retinoic acid.
Corrosive, used in skin peels.
Dissolves the stratum corneum of the epidermis (outermost layer), making skin more sensitive to sun damage.
Accelerates production of dead skin cells; the skin thickens to repair its surface so that vulnerable skin cells underneath are protected from the effects of skin peeling.(Antczak, 2001).
|Methylisothiazolinone||Causes allergic reactions and irritations (Fairley, 2001).|
Triggers skin irritations and may be an xerestrogen (Fairley, 2001).May play a role in falling sperm counts and rising breast cancer rates (Fairley, 2001).Used in 99% of all cosmetics (Fairley, 2001), and in many so-called‘natural’ products.
|Parraffin||Derived from petroleum.
In the form of wax, mineral oil or petrolatum.
Comedogenic, i.e.blocks pores.
|Propylene Glycol||When derived from petroleum.
Increases the amount of acid in the body, resulting in metabolic problems.
Large amounts are needed to produce this effect (Agency forToxic Substances and Disease Registry or ATSDR, 2003).
|Sodium laureth sulfate, sodium lauryl sulfate||Forms carcinogenic nitrogen compounds when combined with specific ingredients.
Irritating to eyes, skin and lungs (Antczak, 2001).
Harmful if swallowed and may cause damage to eyes (Antczak, 2001).
Not suitable for vegans, and may be a skin irritant.
|Toluene||Found in many nail products and nail polish removers.
Produced during the process of making gasoline and other fuels from crude oil or coal.
Evaporates into the air when products containing toluene are opened.
May affect the nervous system, and/or cause tiredness, confusion, weakness, nausea, or loss of appetite.
Symptoms disappear when exposure is eliminated (ATSDR, 2003).
Reading labels and recognizing problematic ingredients are necessary skills for a consumer who intends to choose products that are completely natural. The cost of a cosmetic is not a reliable indicator of either its quality or natural characteristics. AKA more expensive doesn’t mean healthier. Most cosmetics, from the lowest priced, to the most costly brands, are composed of identical base ingredients (Begoun, 1991).
Cosmetics do not stay on the surface of the skin without penetrating to some degree. Lipstick wearers, for example, consume 1.5 to 4 tubes in a lifetime (Aveda).
With Organic, all natural make up, absorbing plant oils and waxes, mineral pigments or essential oils is by far a healthier alternative than absorbing petroleum by-products and synthetic chemicals.
Natural cosmetic products and make-up are safer, healthier alternatives especially when these products are composed of all natural ingredients.
Switching to all-natural cosmetic products and make-up can help you to avoid feeding your skin harmful chemicals. Many skin problems, such as acne, contact dermatitis, irritations and allergies may disappear once petroleum or synthetic ingredients are removed from your skin care regimen. Using fully natural products can contribute to healthy skin and a healthy body in the long term.
Here is a brand I love that is doing it right: You can check them out at www.theorganicface.com
The Organic Face is dedicated to creating pure, natural, chemical-free organic cosmetics and skincare products made from the finest active botanical ingredients and minerals. Our mission is to create gorgeousbeauty products that really work, and are as safe for your body on the inside as they are for your skin on the outside.
“We are proud to be cruelty-free, gluten-free, chemical-free and made in the USA.”
How They Began
The Organic Face began with Founder Noreen Diani’s desire to create safe, toxin-freecosmetics that work for women of all skin types. Without compromising on performance or durability, The Organic Face offers a pure, natural – and beautiful – alternative to conventional cosmetics. Naturally preservative- and irritant-free, our pure mineral cosmetics are weightless, long wearing, water-resistant and offer protection against harmful UVA and UVB rays.
Free from toxins, irritants, chemicals and cheap fillers such as talc, synthetic dyes, parabens, and bismuth oxychloride, The Organic Face Mineral Powders provide complete coverage without clogging pores, or irritating sensitive skin, making the line suitable for skin conditions such as rosacea, eczema and acne-prone skin.
Our natural mineral cosmetic formulations work in natural harmony with the skin, so they not only cover imperfections but also help improve skin tone for a natural, long-lasting glow.
About The Company’s Founder
Noreen Diani is the creator and founder of The Organic Face. With more than 18 years experience as a top makeup artist, and with chemical sensitivities of her own, Noreen knew there was a crying need for a chemical-free, organic cosmetics brand that was truly good for your skin and health, but, as a gorgeous, camera-ready makeup, didn’t compromise on quality, performance or durability.
Working with so many faces, Noreen had come across many types of skin allergies and different reactions to a lot of the chemicals in makeup products. An allergy sufferer herself, she had been unhappy with the brands of organic products she had tried – she wasn’t getting the performance quality and durability she needed for makeup shoots and clients. And the research she had been doing into the chemicals and substances present in conventional makeups led her to disturbing findings about our bodies’ reactions to these chemicals. Noreen knew it was time to create her own makeup line that would be safe, non-toxic, organic and chemical-free.
Turning her kitchen into a “laboratory”, Noreen spent two years perfecting formulas that were pure, natural and organic – but would function at the highest professional level. And thus, The Organic Face was born.
WHAT THEY OFFER
We seek, source and use the best active botanical ingredients and naturally-occurring minerals to create the most innovative and natural formulations that work hard to enhance your skin’s natural beauty. Our super high-quality ingredients combine with fashion-forward colour palettes to deliver a flawless, professional finish every time, while also being suitable for people with sensitive skin or conditions like acne, eczema, dermatitis, and rosacea.
- Patent-Pending Formulas
- Mother Nature’s Finest Gifts
- No Synthetic Fillers & No Talc
- Pigmented From The Earth
- No Animal Testing
- USDA Certified
- 100% Natural 95% Organic Lipsticks
- 100% Natural 95% Organic Foundation Powders
- 100% Natural 95% Organic Lipsticks & Lip Glosses
- No Dyes or Chemical Preservatives