We live in a world where more and more things are getting “organic” and “natural.” From food to clothes, it seems as though everything is going green. Well, it’s about time that cosmetics got the message too! By switching to green beauty make-up, you can avoid using all those common beauty products on your skin that contain harsh chemicals. Chemicals like parabens and sulfates can not only irritate the skin but they can also cause cancer. The good news? There are plenty of natural cosmetics out there that work just as well and are better for your health. We’ll get into some great alternatives to traditional cosmetics and debunk some myths surrounding natural cosmetics.
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What makes a product green?
Green beauty products are typically made with natural ingredients. These products include organic and fair trade items as well. By purchasing green beauty products, you are choosing to avoid the many harsh chemicals that come with traditional cosmetics.
People often ask what is considered a “green” product? The answer is that it depends on your definition of the word. In general, green beauty products exclude animal testing, use naturally derived ingredients and don't contain any harmful chemicals like parabens or sulfates. But there are still some debates about what makes a product "green."
One common debate revolves around whether or not to include brands that use palm oil in their products. Palm oil is an ingredient that's been linked to deforestation as it's often harvested in ways that harm wildlife and contribute to climate change. So, if a brand uses palm oil in their products but doesn't test on animals, would they be considered "green?" There isn't really an agreed-upon definition of "green" yet - so people are still divided over this issue.
But if you're looking for a list of all the ingredients you should avoid when choosing green beauty make-up? That one is pretty easy: anything containing parabens, sulfates, mineral oils and petroleum jelly!
The myths of green beauty make-up
There are a lot of misconceptions about green beauty make-up. One common myth is that natural cosmetics don’t work as well as traditional cosmetics. However, this couldn’t be farther from the truth. Another common myth is that all natural cosmetics are expensive. Just like any other product, there are some more expensive options and some cheaper options.
Another common myth is that natural makeup can’t cover up pimples or blemishes the way traditional makeup can. Again, this isn’t true! Almost all natural cosmetics have an array of colors to choose from and they can be used to cover up blemishes just as well as traditional cosmetics.
Another misconception is that natural cosmetics lack moisture. This is also not true! Many of the oils in natural cosmetics are incredibly hydrating and can even work better than traditional cosmetics.
Green beauty has been around for a long time and it has stood the test of time just as much as traditional makeup! We invite you to try and see for yourself.