Spring Skin: Natural Makeup That’s Good For You

By on April 1, 2016
Spring Skin: Natural Makeup That’s Good For You

By the time spring hits, you’re probably ready for some color- and glowing skin. But if you’re like most women who slather on anti-aging cream, face powders, blush, eye color, mascara, and more every day, you could be unknowingly doing your skin (and health) more harm than good.

It turns out that over one-third of our personal care products are contaminated with perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), a toxic chemical linked to cancer, endocrine disruption, and reproductive harm, according to a recent report by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and the Breast Cancer Fund.

So what is the solution? Read labels. Until the laws governing cosmetics and skin care products change, known cancer-causing chemicals are legally allowed in personal care products. It’s up to us to make sure the products we’re using are safe.

Fortunately, nearly 500 companies listed by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics met the safe cosmetics standard by making products that avoid chemicals banned in other countries, and without using ingredients linked to cancer.

It is possible to look naturally beautiful, inside and out! Here are the top organic and pure products we love for a splash of spring color:

  1. Anti-aging Moisturizer – This moisturizer, made with all-natural, botanical ingredients, including argan oil and COQ10, can help repair dry skin and reduce wrinkles. Researchers found that COQ10 protects skin from sun damage and rejuvenates wrinkled skin, according to a study in Biofactors (2008).
  1. PurePressed Base Foundation by Jane Iredale Cosmetics; $34. A lightweight, natural-looking foundation free from parabens, oils, talcs, and dyes, and provides SPF20 protection, making it our pick for spring and summer coverage.
  1. Organic Infused Bronzer – Get a warm glow by applying this all-natural bronzer on the apples of your cheeks, knowing that the company uses the highest quality safest bio-active botanicals that “perform better and last longer than traditional cosmetics,” according to Kristin Adams, CEO and founder of Afterglow Cosmetics. The company signed The Breast Cancer Fund’s “Compact for Safe Cosmetics.”
  1. Organic Wear Bronzer and Blush by Physicians Formula. We just love the warm glow of this easy-to-use bronzer/blush combo, made with 100 percent all-natural ingredients and Ecocert Certified Organic.
  1. Sheer Moisture Lip Tint – Made with ingredients like beeswax and cocoa butter, this lip tint moisturizes while giving subtle, long-lasting color. We prefer the lovely shade of twinkle, a soft pink matte, for spring.
  1. Organic Wear 100% All-Natural Mascara – Because we believe that eyes don’t deserve harsh chemicals, we chose this mascara made with all-natural and non-toxic ingredients for our own beauty essentials this season. It lengthens, volumizes, and lasts- what’s not to love?
  1. Cream Eyeshadow – Cream eyeshadow not only hydrates the delicate skin above the eyes, it also illuminates. We love this organic line of creamy colors that you apply with a fingertip. These mineral-based shadows come in a wide selection of little pots of gorgeous colors.

Consider spring cleaning your cosmetics this season and get a fresh, green boost of color from these natural, toxin-free products that are good for your skin- and your health.

Vanessa Sheets is a freelance health journalist whose articles have appeared in print and online magazines and business websites. Visit her website at TheHealthWriter.com.

 

 

Vanessa Sheets

About Vanessa Sheets

Vanessa Sheets is a freelance journalist who specializes in fitness, health, and nutrition. She has written for True North, Natural Child, Newport Health, and Greenmaple Wellness and worked in public health as a community educator for a non-profit. She lives in Bend, Oregon.

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Spring Skin: Natural Makeup That’s Good For You