What is green makeup?
So, far, we have seen a revolution of organic foods take place all over the world. Many people are making a conscious switch to food that is chemical and toxin-free and is grown with natural farming methods. Another change that is slowly coming about, especially in the western world, is that of using organic or green beauty and self-care products. Green makeup is essentially free from harmful synthetic chemicals that can increase the risk of various cancers for users. Many of the beauty and self-care products are loaded with chemicals and minerals, such as parabens, petrochemicals and sulfates that can play havoc with your hormones and can also put you at a higher risk of cancer.
What are the advantages of using green/organic makeup?
The first and foremost advantage that organic makeup provides is that it does not contain any animal oils, synthetic or petroleum based ingredients. Instead, it is made up of plant oils and vitamins that can actually prove beneficial for your skin without clogging your skin pores. Most of the plants used for making organic makeup also have some amount of medicinal value, making it all the more beneficial for your skin. However, there is a disclaimer here, you must carefully check the label of any makeup product before you use it on your skin, as some of the ingredients used may not be appropriate for highly sensitive skin, and can have an adverse effect on you.
Why is synthetic makeup that I have been using for years, bad for me?
Synthetic makeup has ingredients that can be cancerous. Not too long ago, there was a major uproar in the world media about the amount of lead that major lipstick brands use, and how it can be potentially dangerous. Other harmful chemicals that most cosmetics contain include parabens, phthalates and talc. While parabens have been associated with the increased chances of breast cancer, phthalates have been connected with challenges with the reproductive system and talc has been linked with ovarian cancer.
Is organic makeup easily available in India and is it more expensive?
Thanks to the Internet revolution, it is now possible to avail organic products in India quite easily on certain e-commerce websites. Brands such as Biobloom, The Soul Tree, and Fab India are well known for their natural ingredients in skincare products. There are a lot of brands available in India that provide organic makeup and mineral-based makeup too. These include Sephora, Bare Minerals and After Glow, to name a few. While the prices may be slightly higher, the content of the products that you buy is purer, and also said to last longer, in addition to actually being safe to use, making it worth the price. However, do not be blinded by smart marketing and labeling, do check the ingredient mix on the label and the certification by an established authority (the US organic products are usually certified by USDA).