Are there toxins in your make up bag?
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I must admit, I’m more of an au naturelle bod when it comes to make up, but every so often a girl likes to glam herself up.
Research shows that we are exposed to around 200 chemicals almost non stop, every moment of every day through beauty and cleaning products.
It’s easy to recognise some of the short term effects such as skin rashes, breathing difficulties and watery eyes. Some effects are cumulative, however, and impact our long term health in far more serious ways.
It is estimated that women absorb up to 2kg of chemicals through toiletries and cosmetics every year. For a woman wearing lipstick, she can consume nearly 2lb of it in her lifetime! It’s worth bearing in mind that up to 60% of what you put on skin can get absorbed by the body.
It makes sense then to only put on your skin the things you would be prepared to eat; although this might be a little hard to achieve in reality.
As taking responsibility for our health and the demand for environmentally friendly products grows, it’s good to see some companies making genuinely natural and / or organic cosmetics.
In future posts, I’ll share some of my favourite eco brands and I’d love to hear about the companies you like too so that we can build up a useful UK-based database for eco brands and places to buy 🙂
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