I know that switching to non-toxic make-up can seem daunting, but I’m going to tell you the God-honest truth. I didn’t think twice about what I put on my face or in/on my body until I got pregnant. That all changed though, when I found out I was growing a tiny human and had to sustain and take care of it with my own body (even after birth).
So, I did my due diligence and researched ingredient upon ingredient, and I tried to find several non-toxic make-up brands to switch too but quickly felt overwhelmed in my search. I’m here to break it down for you though. The most important thing to do is understand why you should switch, then we can get into all of the fun stuff, like new make-up brands. I’ll be sure to list a few of my favorites below, (I plan to do full-blown review posts on specific brands) but today I really just want to chat about why you may want to consider going non-toxic with your make-up bag. Keep reading for more!
FIVE REASONS TO SWITCH TO NON-TOXIC MAKE-UP WHEN YOU HAVE KIDS
You kiss your kids on the lips.
Every time my daughter asks to kiss me I cringe, worried that she will get some of my lipstick on her mouth and eat it — then I realize that I’m wearing make-up that’s free of toxic chemicals and I breathe a bit easier after that. You see, several lipstick brands that I wore in the past (MAC, Maybelline, Revlon) contain immunotoxins, and endocrine disruptors. You can read more about that here on the Environmental Working Group’s site.
You absorb the make-up you wear — if you’re pregnant or nursing, this is especially important.
“The law does not require cosmetic products and ingredients, other than color additives, to have FDA approval before they go on the market” (source) OH. OKAY. Haha, that’s straight from the FDA’s website. I read somewhere that each woman absorbs like 500 pounds of make-up a year. That’s A LOT. If you’re pregnant or nursing and you are absorbing the make-up into your skin, guess who else gets some of those toxic chemicals? Your kiddo. It’s pretty frightening. Especially since these products aren’t regulated at all.
You share drinks with your kids.
This is the same idea that I had with kissing your children. When Grace drinks after me there is always lipstick on my straw. I can rest easy knowing that the products she is essentially “eating” when she drinks from my straw is safe for her little body.
Your children will use products they grow up watching you use.
This is a big one. I used to use the products my grandma used (and still uses) up until I learned more about the ingredients. I was a huge Dermalogica fan. Giant. Not only is that stuff expensive, but it contains so many harmful chemicals. I used it for years and years because it’s all I knew; I remembered my family using it so I never questioned it’s integrity. I want Grace to grow up and feel confident in the products she saw me use on my face and body.
Most natural beauty brands do not test on animals.
Believe it or not, if a product is sold in China, it’s tested on animals. Brands like MAC and other big names are sold in China and will claim not to test on animals but they have a nice, little disclaimer hidden in their wording that states that they won’t test on animals unless the regulations require them to. (Tricky, eh?)
Some of My Favorite Non-Toxic Brands:
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I think what this all comes down to is that beauty products are not regulated. You have to be an advocate for your health, your body, and your children, and it’s a long, windy road to replace the products you’ve been using for so long. However, it can be done! I’m a testament to this. You can be too 🙂
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