I wish I could say I am the type of girl that doesn’t care for makeup very much. I would like to be the kind of girl who wears makeup from time to time, but doesn’t use it daily. Even as a young girl, I was pulling on dress up gowns and smearing pink lipstick across my face (… not to mention the princess crown to top it off). I grew up enjoying makeup. I associated makeup with femininity and beauty. As an adult, I found that makeup makes me feel more comfortable. I tell myself my eyebrows are uneven, my skin has blemishes, my eyes look dull, and my fair complexion looks ghastly. Don’t worry, I’m not beating myself up. I’m just sharing my excuses as to why I bought into the routine of makeup. The security blanket.
It is not inherently “bad” to use makeup regularly. However, it is helpful to realize that when we are using something consistently, we are almost delivering a treatment to our bodies. When I realized this a few years ago, I asked my (brilliant) friend Amanda Goetz about her makeup. She showed me an amazing resource, Skin Deep Cosmetics Database (http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/). This website is wonderfully helpful. It shows you the most and least toxic cosmetic products and lists what potential risks they are associated with. Why put something on your lips (or your face) if you wouldn’t want those toxins absorbed into your body?
After an initial hesitation, I began to throw out makeup that was old and/or toxic. I began to replenish my essentials with more natural products. It is a quest to find effective and non-toxic beauty products, but it is a worthy quest. My favorite natural product lines are Youngblood (http://www.ybskin.com/index.php) and Honeybee Gardens (http://www.honeybeegardens.com/). I discovered Youngblood at a makeup show in Hollywood a couple of years ago. They have gorgeous, vegan products that have amazing quality for the price! Honeybee Gardens is also a gem. Not only are they affordable, but it feels good to wear their products. Their mascara is my personal favorite. But when I don’t have the time or patience to shop online, I use Skin Deep to find the least toxic products I can find at the nearest drugstore.
I feel so much better knowing that I am not willingly applying horrible things to my face. There is nothing to gain from toxic makeup. What do you think you could do to improve the makeup you love to wear? Wear less? (I am wearing much less makeup these days!) Find a similar shade from a more integrous brand? Make your own? (Gasp.) Find out what’s in your makeup! Let me know what you think.