Our skin is the body’s biggest organ and it is also the primary defense against harmful materials that may enter our system. It is therefore very important to protect our skin especially our facial skin not only from cosmetic ingredients that may cause premature aging but also from toxic makeup formulation that are hazardous to our overall health. Sadly, the laws governing cosmetic and beauty products are very few that even cancer-causing chemical ingredients, toxins and carcinogens are allowed by law to be part of some product formulation. It is also our primary concern to know well how to avoid toxic makeup and maintain a healthy skin and tiptop body. Here are some guidelines to help you choose your makeup wisely.
Always read the labels
Be careful of false advertisement and always have a quick scan on the ingredients of every cosmetic product you plan to buy. Making an initial research online for reviews and closer look on the labels will save you time and effort. Remember most products nowadays are filled with chemicals that were not even used years ago. Some of these chemicals were not properly studied and tested yet.
Be aware of toxic chemical ingredients and get rid of carcinogens
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) is an intergovernmental agency, and part of the World Health Organization. Its mission is to promote cancer research worldwide. IARC has listed 113 harmful and cancer causing agents and at least eleven (11) are still being used in cosmetic products according to IARC Monographs, Volumes 1–121 dated April 18, 2018, such as: formaldehyde, phenacetin, coal tar, benzene, untreated or mildly treated mineral oils, methylene glycol, ethylene oxide, chromium, cadmium and its compounds, arsenic, and crystalline silica or quartz. So once you have read the labels and ingredients, make the wisest decision and get rid of that toxic makeup ingredients and products with similar contents.
Give importance to Organic and Natural Ingredients
Many cosmetic companies and brands are now investing on organic and natural product formulations. There are now a lot of safe alternatives to toxic makeup and harmful chemically-produced cosmetic product ingredients. Natural ingredients, plant extracts, and mineral based formulation are now trending in the market to provide safe and healthy options for skin care and beauty regimens. It is always up to us to choose wisely and be healthy.