Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Make Me Up Before You Go Go

Just because I like to hug an occasional tree doesn't mean that my face has to look like one. No, we are not talking about going as far as say Tammy Faye Baker . Just a light dusting a make-up to enhance the right things.

On the day I learned about the Skin Safe Database, I also learned that I was completely and voluntarily poisoning myself in the name of all that is cute.

Scary sounding polysyllabic frankengredients that cause fun side effects like neurotoxicity, allergies, developmental /reproductive toxicity and biochemical or cellular level changes were included in my products. All contained in the everyday cosmetic brands you find at the drug store or department store. Just because the product is pricier, doesn't mean it is safer either. Many of the high priced cosmetics are the worst offenders.

When it finally dawned on me that my skin is my biggest organ and what I put on my skin does penetrate into my body, I decided to make some serious changes.

I started on the first step of the staircase. With with my lipstick. Who wants something toxic so close to their mouth?

The next steps came quickly. Eye shadow, mascara, foundation, powder. Nothing above a 3 on the database. Most closer to a 1.

In my search, I have discovered my two favorite brands...

Coastal Classic Creations is owned by a friendly woman named Jane and her husband. The have made it their mission to educate your teenagers just beginning to use make-up and breast cancer patients who are keeping their bodies as toxin-free as possible.

My favorite product from Coastal Classic Creations was a surprise to me. Instead of traditional eye liner, try dipping a wet brush into Surfer's Beach eyeshadow. Beautiful!

The friendly people at Afterglow Cosmetics were helpful in choosing the correct colors for me. "What would you recommend for the Irish Spring commercial girls?" My favorite product has to be their organic setting powder (light). Beautiful!

Of course I forgot to take a before picture of my make-up's the happy after picture. Simplified and safer!


Carla said...

Great post! I know what you mean about wearing makeup and making sure I'm not putting toxins on my skin. It’s hard to find the right products/color/formulas that isn’t poisonous.

Sofiabugmom said...

I'm with ya ... I've been switching over to a mineral powder makeup line over the last year and have been very pleased. It's nice not to worry about what chemicals may be leeching their way into my bloodstream!

GreenOfficeBlog said...

I've heard about the disastrous effects that makeup ingredients can have on your skin. It seems that their danger lies in the fact that they are applied daily, and can cause damage with continuous exposure. I hope that more organic products will start catching on in stores so that we can avoid all of the toxins.

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Cassandra said...

Great post - glad to know I'm not the only one who worries about this stuff. I just don't wear make up at this point. And I use Dr. Bronner's castille soap for body wash and shampoo, which is so gentle that I don't need a lotion, therefore eliminating that concern! But it is difficult, and I constantly worry about what my 4 year old daughter is being exposed to!

BTW - love you blog!