I love my make-up, facial masks, cleansers, and creams. I love experimenting with looks and products and I’ve got several drawers and cabinets to prove it. However, the most important thing when it comes to beauty really is your health. Healthy skin looks great with everything! If you’re wearing products that damage your skin or overall health, rethink them. We all want beauty right now, but if it’s shortening your lifetime or lowering your quality of life, it’s just not worth it.
Take a moment to visit the Skin Deep Cosmetics Database. Skin Deep rates beauty and personal care products for toxicity, ranking them from low to moderate to high hazard, and providing you with specific information about the risks each product poses based on their ingredient lists. Check out this eyebrow palette, which is moderately likely to cause reproductive problems. Yes, that simple, luxurious, and well defined brow might be decreasing your chances of conceiving. Even more frightening than the data we do have about the safety of cosmetics is the thousands of common ingredients for which we have literally no safety data at all.
If this strikes a chord with you, you might want to reach out to Beautycounter. Beautycounter is a relatively new party plan company full of kindred spirits. All of the products they offer (cosmetics, moisturizers, cleansers, sunscreens, toners, treatments, and tools) are made using only safe ingredients. (You can even look them up on Skin Deep to verify the claim.) And since they’ve only been in the market for a few years, if you try and love their products, you have the opportunity to get in on the ground floor of both a business opportunity and a powerful movement for social change.