Being a smart consumer means being aware of the ingredients in each item we consume or use. Many times we often overlook these, especially personal care items that we use every day, and without our knowing they actually contain several harmful ingredients. Cosmetics in particular are very popular especially to women.
Thankfully, there are now organic cosmetics which are made from all natural ingredients like fruit and plant extracts.
It’s a fact that 1/3 of all cosmetics and personal care products contain several ingredients that can be harmful to our health. Additionally, the average adult uses at least 6 types of personal care products on a daily basis, putting them at an additional risk to hundreds of toxic chemicals.
An increased awareness in consumers has also resulted in an increased production or natural personal care products and organic cosmetics on the market. But before you buy anything, make sure that you research their ingredients well and look for signs of organic cosmetics certification for added reliability. A third party guarantee tells you that you are indeed purchasing authentic organic cosmetics that have all natural and safe ingredients.
Here’s a simple guide when shopping for organic cosmetics to help you choose the right products:
1. In essence, do not buy cosmetics that label themselves as organic cosmetics if they contain any of the following substances:
- Lead acetate
- Coal tar
- Petroleum distillates
- Dibutyl Phthalate
- Selenium sulfide
Many other harmful ingredients hide themselves in organic cosmetics by putting abbreviations in labels; make sure to read first and research these ingredients before purchasing and using them.
These toxic ingredients found in commercially produced traditional makeup are often carcinogenic substances, contain a host of irritants, and are used as industrial cleaners. You may not see or feel their effects right away, but they can pose a dangerous threat to your health in the long run.
2. Do not buy organic cosmetics whose ingredients you can’t pronounce. Real organic cosmetics are made from all-natural sources which include plant and flower extracts, oils, and waxes. You should be able to see plant and flower names, such as aloe vera, jojoba oil, bergamot, sea salt, cocoa butter, and a number of other types of fruit extracts on labels of organic cosmetics.
3. You don’t necessarily have to purchase the most expensive type of organic makeup that you see. Just because it is more expensive doesn’t guarantee that it works better or is more reputable than other brands.
Take your time while shopping and ask around for good brands that work, there is such an extensive range of organic cosmetics on the market today that will be able to fit your budget.
If you make the switch to organic cosmetics and shift your lifestyle towards a more natural and sustainable lifestyle, you won’t regret it when you get older. As they say, prevention is better than cure, as we sure don’t want to be using industrial strength garage cleansers on our faces.