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Environmentally Friendly Makeup

Author: Benjamin Delorenzo

Environmentally friendly makeup

Makeup is a way for women to have a little fun and feel beautiful. Most ladies have a makeup bag full of eye shadow, blush and lipstick for special occasions and everyday use. Whether make up is a luxury or a necessity to looking a little less tired, it is certainly an industry that is not going anywhere anytime soon.

Unfortunately, a lot of the makeup sold at your local drugstore or department store contains chemicals and toxins that can be harmful to the environment. The Safe Cosmetic Organization explains, for instance, that 61 percent of lipsticks contain lead. If you think about it, when you wash your face at night all of the makeup ends up down the drain and eventually in the ocean. For this reason, many makeup manufacturers are working toward making their products more environmentally friendly.

Although, beware of companies that claim to be natural or environmentally friendly as a marketing scheme. Check the ingredients label to be sure it is a product you can trust. Natural Beauty suggests avoiding an cosmetic that includes petroleum byproducts such as parafin oil, mineral oil and ethylene as these come from unsustainable resources. You can also look for products that are in recyclable packaging and glass containers.

One makeup line that carries all organic ingredients is Physician's Formula Organic Wear. The ingredients are safe for the earth and your face, plus the packaging is made from recyclable paper. Another earth-friendly brand is Nvey Eco, an Australian company that is now available in the United States.

If you are wondering if your current cosmetic brand or product is safe for the environment, consider searching it on the Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep database. It allows you to find information on more than 70,000 products so that you can know exactly what is in your favorite lip gloss or eyeliner.

Consider switching to a green makeup line and do something good for your health and the planet.

In Brief

  • Makeup is a way for women to have a little fun and feel beautiful.
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