Up until I was 29, I was like most of the rest of the world. As a little girl I couldn’t wait for my mom to allow me to FINALLY wear makeup, and I slathered it on my face every single day after…until I was 29 and attended a seminar that completely and forever changed the way I look at what we put on our faces. I followed that seminar with several classes, and I became a confirmed no foundation ever again kind of person.
Fast forward to about my 40th year when I began using bioidentical hormones by rubbing them into the skin of my arms, stomach, or legs. It was at that point that I REALLY understood that every single thing that we put on our skin goes straight into our bodies.
So what’s so bad about makeup? I mean, it’s made for our sensitive faces so it must be okay, right? Not necessarily. Aside from the fact that I’ve never known anyone who cakes the stuff on daily (and I’m talking cakes) who doesn’t wrinkle faster than those who don’t, I think we need to look at just what is actually in that makeup that makes us feel so much better about ourselves.
My source for today is chemist David Pollock who has worked for almost every one of the top makeup and skin care brands in the industry. According to Pollock, 60% of what we put on our skin is absorbed into our bodies…with a cumulative effect. Put simply, the lotion that you smeared on last night is still in your system when you rub in another dose of the stuff.
Multiply the lotion times the foundation, times the perfume, times the moisturizer, times the…well you get the picture. According to Pollock, we are simply inviting cancer cells to make their home somewhere inside our systems. Scary, huh?
So what chemicals do we need to watch for by carefully checking ingredients listed on our products? I’ve listed only a few and hope you will go to David’s website to do some serious studying.
So what does the FDA have to say about these?
“FDA believes that at the present time there is no reason for consumers to be concerned about the use of cosmetics containing parabens.”
I do think it is true that the parabens in one “dose” of lipstick or any other product are minimal. However, do you have any idea how many times a day I redo my lipstick? And do you know how MANY products most women put on in a day’s time?
I will tell you that parabens have been banned in Europe. In fact, according to Pollock, Europe has now banned 1,100 ingredients that often find their way into makeup or skin care products. Out of this 1,100 the U.S. has banned 11.
These are actually listed on the FDA website as carcinogens, but they are considered safe in small amounts. Again, the problem is (according to Pollock) that these carcinogens are in so many products that we use until we are actually layering them within our systems.
4. Laureth Sulfate
These usually are found in our shampoos and body washes.
Petochemicals are often found in the products advertised to “seal in” moisture.
6. Synthetic Fragrance
Apparently all types of harmful ingredients can be found hiding behind the word fragrance.
Now, having said all of this, we live in a world where we can’t really trust many. David Pollock does have an agenda. He blogs, he maintains a website, and he sells books about his findings. Of course, the flip side of that is that I am radical enough to wonder if the FDA is always trustworthy itself.
Because of my studies, I happen to think that David Pollock is onto something here; however, I could be very wrong. I do know that there is a reason why cancer began to invade so many of our lives in this country during the 20th century. We just can’t seem to find that link.
I am also a bit of a hypocrite. While I never wear foundation, I do use mascara, lipstick, and a powder blush. I’ve also been known to look down at my legs and grab a bottle of lotion! However, that truly does happen very seldom and I am getting much more careful about reading ingredients before I buy.
Today, I do my best to use coconut oil instead of any type of lotion, etc. I also (most of the time) sub my moisturizer for either a banana face mask or a strawberry/avocado one followed by a bit of organic coconut oil if needed.
They feel, smell, and work great, and while only my oil is always organic, I am doing the very best I can to avoid the known carcinogens. Eventually, I will add a list of natural products that you might try. In the meantime, do some research and see what you find about the ingredients we use every day and never know it.