Why I Switched to Non-Toxic Makeup and How You Can Too!
Have you been thinking about buying natural, non-toxic makeup? No? Well keep reading anyways ;) A few years ago, I remember my mother telling me that I shouldn't be using drugstore makeup because it’s filled with harsh chemicals that brands try and keep a secret. I finally started researching the products I was using and found out they were in fact as dangerous as I was told. I was shocked!
That same night, I wrote down a list of all the dangerous ingredients found in most beauty products. I brought that list to my room and dumped all of my makeup and skincare onto my bed to begin checking the ingredients lists. I remember being shocked and so upset at these big brands for not having their customers' best interest.
As I began to toss my shampoo and deodorant into the bin, I started doing research online for healthier alternatives. I found out that many of the non-toxic companies have been created by people who have been sick and needed cleaner beauty options free of any dangerous chemicals. For example, here's a bit about why the creator of RMS created her brand:
"Several years ago, Rose-Marie began to experience some health issues that were causing many problems physically, mentally and emotionally. After an extensive series of tests, she learned that her blood contained toxic levels of heavy metals including aluminum..." click here to read more. She had no idea that the makeup she was using was able to cause serious health problems, which is why she created her natural cosmetic line, RMS. (PS. I highly recommend her Un Cover-Up foundation as a natural alternative.)
There are so many more companies like Rose-Marie's and it is fascinating to hear all of their stories. My goal is to help women realize that they don't have to sacrifice their health for beauty. There are now clean options that work just as well!
Fast forward about two years later, and now I only use natural products. It took a few months to totally make the switch. I finished up all of my old conventional products because I didn't want to throw out and waste already purchased items. The way I made this change was fairly simple. Any time I finished a non-natural product, I would replace it with a cleaner version. I didn't throw out and buy everything at once, which could be overwhelming to some. My suggestion is to take small steps. Start with products in the bathroom: shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, deodorant, etc. and then work your way to skincare and then makeup.
Here are links to the makeup photographed that I use almost everyday: