It’s not often that we stop and think about the ingredients in our favorite lipstick, foundation, and mascara, so we did some research in finding the best natural skincare and beauty products for creating an ideal skincare routine without potentially harmful substances. Organic and natural cosmetics leave out ingredients that can leave your skin and body feeling worse in the long run. You may be dedicated to your colorful lipstick collection or your go-to mascara, but these products are just as fabulous and won’t harm you or your age-defying beauty routine!
Ingredients to avoid when buying natural skincare products
More companies that make natural skincare products and natural makeup are popping up and even well-known brands with conventional products are developing natural cosmetics, which makes it easier to find makeup without toxic ingredients. Just to be safe, here is a quick list of chemicals that shouldn't be present in natural skincare: parabens, phthalates, sulfates, synthetic fragrances and colors, and petrochemicals. More extensive lists are available from the EWG Skin Deep Database if you’re really looking to cut out as many possibly harmful substances as possible out of your natural skincare routine. If ingredients look edible – coconut oil anyone? – even better.
Facts about Natural Skincare Products Labeling
While the FDA has no specific definition for the term natural, it does have regulations for cosmetics. Those regulations combined with the USDA’s guidelines on food labeled organic can apply to beauty products. There are also private companies that can certify and label products. A few of the extensive rules include no GMOs and no components that are on the national list of prohibited ingredients.
Tips for buying natural skincare products
Refer back to the listed ingredients above so you can double check that you’re buying natural skincare products without them. Places like Sephora, Amazon, and Ulta provide shelves and webpages dedicated to natural skincare and organic skincare. Start by replacing one or two products at a time, that way you can slowly work up to having a makeup bag and bathroom shelf that agree with your skin and your wallet.
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