Safe Cosmetics Everyday
As we wrap up our summer travel plans and prepare for the fall (and eeek! winter) months, a time when women wear cosmetics than any other time of the year, now is the time to peek in your make-up bag or bathroom drawer for a safe cosmetic round-up. Names like parabens, phthalates, nano particles, petrochemicals, GMO's, and synthetic fragrances might sound like they came from the show "The Big Bang Theory" but they can be found in your cosmetics, products you use everyday on your face, neck. lips, eyes, and body.
While we are not suggesting tossing your beloved lipstick color or the $300 in pots, tubes, and wands in your cosmetic tool box - we all have them - doing a thorough inventory of the ingredients in your cosmetics keeps you informed and knowledgeable about what cosmetic companies are using in your products, products you apply most likely everyday to various parts of your body. We all do our best and personally it's difficult to find natural cosmetics in the colors or texture I'm looking for. This is the major reason I developed Shelissa Cosmetics in 1999. My lips were terribly irritated from a well-known cosmetic artist line sold in a popular department store that rhymes with Bordstroms. I was paying upwards of $14 a tube, until I noticed I was having an allergic reaction to one or more of the ingredients. Before this happened, I had no sensitivities to skin care products. Using my background in science and years of research later, I developed a line of lip balms that are non-irritating, non-addictive unless you really really like fruit, and the best thing - I never worry about ingesting it when I'm having a treat or licking my lips. My goal was to make a safe and affordable product for everyone to use.
To this day I use the lip balm products exclusively and my lips are just as soft as they were then! So while it's hard to go totally natural in cosmetics, think about products you put on frequently throughout the day (lipstick, powder) and tweak those. Bare Minerals and Jane Iredale make excellent powder to soak up the oils slicks, and there are many safe mineral powder eye shadows on the market which double as eyeliners too. Be smart with your cosmetics and share your favorite safe brands and products with us!