Those of us who strive to live eco-friendly, natural lifestyles usually only want to use products that are as pure, natural and toxin-free as possible.
This search inevitably extends to our makeup, skin care, and other personal care products.
It’s pleasantly surprising that a number of companies, albeit small, manufacture toxin-free, organic makeup and skincare.
At the same time, however, some unscrupulous companies label their products as “organic” and even “natural” when a closer look at the ingredients list shows their products still contained contentious chemicals.
How can we, conscientious shoppers, find truly safe makeup and other products?
The first step is to educate yourself. Find out what ingredients you should or want to avoid. Learn more about the practices of the cosmetics industry, and how other countries are regulating the use of these toxic ingredients.
Information such as this will educate you about what ingredients you should be watching out for when you shop for makeup and personal care products.
The second step is to think for yourself and be responsible for your own decisions. Many of the ingredients used in makeup are possible toxins, but research may not be able to confirm it. Or research has not determined what levels are safe or toxic for human beings.
The absence of research doesn’t mean an ingredient is safe. It only means, it hasn’t been studied. It’s a red flag when countries start restricting or banning substances to protect animals. If something is bad for animals, and for the environment, it’s probably bad for humans, too. And besides, protecting the environment ought to be enough reason to stop using something.
Third, be a proactive consumer. If you’re not sure about something, ask. Call the vendor or manufacturer. I’ve done this a couple of times when I’m unsure about a particular ingredient in a product. If a company doesn’t respond to your call or email, then that tells us something significant about the company! I’ve learned a lot about different products and companies on the market by contacting them directly. Some even send me copies of research I otherwise wouldn’t have known about.
Finally, keep trying and testing. Makeup and skincare are very personal products. What works for someone may not work for you. The only way to find out is to try it. Look for products that offer samples of their products, usually for a very small price. Or at the very least, patronize companies that have a reasonable return policy. You should be able to return a product you’re unhappy with, and get your money back.
Remember, you’re ultimately responsible for your health and well-being. By being a conscientious, informed consumer, you’re sending manufacturers the message that they need to keep improving their products to make them safe yet effective.