Are Mineral Cosmetics A Safe Makeup Alternative?
The mineral cosmetics industry has grown significantly over the last decade. Many women are now choosing to use these products since they are concerned about the health risks posed by coloring agents found in conventional products. Each day, women apply a number of different cosmetic products to their skin such as foundation, eye shadow, highlights, and lip makeup. Using makeup has its benefits, such as its ability to conceal fine lines and wrinkles, to improve one's facial color, and to impart a radiant glow to the skin. The use of makeup is beneficial psychologically since its cosmetic results may raise a woman's self-confidence. However, if these beneficial cosmetic results are achieved at the risk of one's health, should these products still be used?
In addition, most women are confused about the safety of these products since the cosmetic manufacturers claim that these products are safe. Due to the side effects caused by the various chemicals in cosmetic products, many women have decided to purchase mineral cosmetics and skin care products that are organically derived. Many of the chemicals used in cosmetics fall into the categories of synthetic fragrances, colors, solvents, preservatives, or antimicrobials. Since some of these chemicals have not been tested by the FDA, it is unknown whether these compounds could affect our health in a negative way.
It is important to understand that some of the skin and cosmetic products that are labeled "organic" do, in fact, contain chemicals and also may pose a health risk. Read labels before purchasing any product, and if you are unsure of any ingredient listed, you can look it up online to see if it may cause any adverse reaction.
Over the years, I have examined skincare products from different companies and have noticed that a good majority of them contain chemicals and use a small percentage of botanical and organic ingredients. To my surprise, I found many of the same chemicals used in conventional formulas to be contained in so-called "natural" products. Chemicals such as quaternium-15 (a microbial), butylene glycol (a solvent), and carbomer (a chemical used in lipsticks or blushes) are readily found in most skincare products. Unfortunately, there is no benefit in using any of those so-called "natural" or "organic" formulas since they also contain chemicals.
These substances may cause allergic or other adverse problems because some of these chemicals have not been tested for safety. As a consumer, it is important for us to learn about what constitutes a true organic product, and which companies produce those products. In addition, these companies must be honest in their product labeling and use plant extracts and oils that are grown without the use of harmful pesticides and herbicides. I have only found a few companies that I believe to be ethical that truly manufacture organic mineral cosmetics.
One country that has strict regulations as to what constitutes a true organic product is Australia. On their cosmetic products, there is a stamped seal which guarantees the product is organically grown and produced. According to their government regulations, skin care products and mineral cosmetics can only be labeled organic if at least 95% of their ingredients are organically grown and produced. Additionally, the remaining product ingredients cannot contain chemicals or any genetically modified by products. When you purchase mineral cosmetics with the stamped Australian "certified organic" seal, you can be assured that the product is grown and produced with healthy and safe farming practices.
FD&C colors are used extensively in conventional and even some natural cosmetic products. These chemicals are mainly derived from petroleum products. Some have been taken off the market because of claims that they were carcinogenic. Chemical coloring agents that are being used today have been tested on animals. After testing it on animals, the manufacturers of these substances will then send a document to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) listing the chemicals contained in the formula, and state its safety. The FDA may then choose to analyze the chemical substances to further determine its safety. After these steps have been taken, they will then either approve or reject approval of the coloring agent. Even after a coloring agent has been approved, some people who use products containing this chemical may still experience negative skin reactions.
Our interest in taking better care of our bodies is evident by the foods we eat, and the increased number of us who exercise on a daily basis. When we drive to work, we are prone to see people jogging, bicycling, or speed walking. The trend to follow a healthier lifestyle is seen by the increasing number of women who use mineral cosmetics.
If you have ever strolled down the skin and hair care aisle of your local health food store, you probably will have noticed the section devoted to henna hair coloring dyes. Indian ladies are well known for their use of henna products for hand and body painting. They will engage in this practice as a ritual especially during times of celebrations such as a wedding. The leaves of the henna plant are green and are ground into a powder and made into hair dyes. Water is mixed together with the plant powder and will dye one's hair a reddish brown color. You will need to be cautious when you purchase these products since some of them are not true henna and have caused serious skin afflictions.Indigo is a plant that has been used as a hair dye for several centuries. It will dye the hair black and can be added to neutral henna tones to restore one's hair back to a beautiful black tone. Most henna products that dye one's hair black contain indigo. These products that contain indigo are safe and nontoxic and would be a better choice to use as compared to chemical hair dyes.
One specific chemical that is found in black hair dyes is para-phenylenediamine. It is toxic and has been claimed to be carcinogenic. Grey and white hair can make us look older than our true age and the use of natural hair dyes can give us a more youthful appearance. The use of mineral cosmetics that contain henna are a natural, chemical-free solution to color your hair.
There are over 10,000 ingredients used in health and beauty products, and only a small percentage of them have been analyzed for safety. Lipstick and lip gloss products are purchased by millions of women in the United States since their lips are a very prominent feature on their face. Most women want to enhance their lips and have resorted to getting collagen injections in order to enlarge their kisser.
Studies have shown that a percentage of lipstick products contain unsafe levels of lead. This health hazard presents a serious problem for pregnant women and others who use these products. Since our lips contain mucous membranes, lead can enter our system immediately through ingestion. Lead ingested by pregnant women poses a serious health threat since it may cause a premature birth or an undersized baby. Women who are pregnant should consider not using chemical lipstick formulas but instead use only mineral cosmetics since they are chemical-free and organically derived.
Mineral cosmetics are a safe alternative to the conventional cosmetics found on the market today. Mineral cosmetic products are manufactured without the use of chemical coloring agents. Instead, the colors are derived from natural minerals such as hematite (iron oxides). These iron oxide compounds which have been on the market for about 100 years are ground into powders and added to cosmetics. They are added to lipstick, lip glosses, blushes, foundations and eye shadows. The various colors of iron oxides are blended together to form the various shades used in these cosmetic formulas. Using mineral cosmetics will not only help you achieve a beneficial cosmetic appearance but will also prevent any allergic skin reactions or other more serious health risks from occurring.