Wearing more natural makeup, and less of it!

Did you know that our bodies absorb about 5lbs of makeup chemicals a YEAR through your skin? Via.

That means in a lifetime, if you were to live until you are 80, assuming you started wearing makeup daily at 16, you would have absorbed approximately 320 pounds of makeup.

I also read somewhere that women eat up to 4 lbs of lipstick as well if they wear it. Via.

That’s pretty incredible!

And while some guys and girls might say: MAKEUP IS NOT NECESSARY, they’re technically right.

But I’ll bet you that any person who thinks a fresh-faced woman doesn’t wear makeup, may not realize that in a lot of cases, she has SOME on, she’s just skillfully applied it.

However, studies have shown that if women wear just a bit of makeup, they are taken more seriously at work, are seen as more professional and polished.

Women who wear makeup earn up to 30 percent more than those who “cant be bothered,” according to a study in the American Economic Review.

Note that they are probably referring to women who are wearing SMALL amounts of makeup, rather than caking on the foundation or concealer and looking like they’re wearing a flesh-coloured masque instead.

I am not trying to be a fear monger here either, but a waitress was actually fired in San Diego for not conforming to management standards that requested their waitresses wear makeup on the job to project an upscale, polished image. Via.

Shenoa Vild hates to wear makeup. Face goop is simply not for her. She happens to think she has a naturally healthy, vibrant complexion. After meeting her, I have to agree.

But Vild, a waitress, says her former boss had an entirely different opinion.

He wanted Vild to wear makeup.

She wouldn’t.

So, she says, she got canned.

I wear makeup – just not daily

Unlike Vild, I enjoy it. I feel like I am actually at work, and it reminds me to stay professional because if I am makeup-less, it’s usually reserved for times of very casual times where I stay in sweatpants and a hoodie.

You know how some people say that they MUST dress up each morning in a suit or whatever, to feel like they’re actually at work, even if they work from home?

That’s me, but it’s more of a vanity/fun thing than a real necessity for me.

If I was forced to, or asked NOT to wear makeup, I wouldn’t feel naked just coming to work as is.

If I feel like it, or if the need arises, I head out the house with a totally bare face, save for some SPF protection.

I don’t have hangups about my appearance, or my uneven, normal and natural complexion, because I am not an airbrushed picture in a magazine.

On the weekends, or when I am not doing anything in particular, I’ll go makeup-less.

In fact, for most of 2009, I was makeup-less because I was at home, blogging away.

…but it doesn’t hurt to pare down on what we’re using

“Many women are using over 20 different products a day, bombarding themselves with hundreds of different chemicals.

They should be asking themselves ‘is that eyelash conditioner really essential?’ “

Many use more than 20 different beauty products a day striving to look their best while nine out of 10 apply make-up which is past its use by date.

Honestly? Eyelash conditioner? Lip scrub? Separate eye creams? Wrinkle creams?

I don’t wear any of that, buy it, or use it.

For my hair, I only use shampoo (SLS-free) when I need to, and I use coconut oil to rub on the ends of my hair, which makes it smell nice, and adds protein to stop the strands from breaking.

I also stopped dying my hair, and therefore, got rid of all the hair creams and products I used to slather on.

Now my hair behaves exactly the way I wanted it to in the beginning.

Top 5 ingredients to look out for:

Note: This is just my personal opinion as well.

You may think that small doses of the following ingredients are fine as they’ve been approved by the FDA for human use, so please don’t think I’m trying to blame scientists or create fear.

Some synthetic compounds involved have been linked to side effects ranging from skin irritation to premature ageing and cancer.

“If lipstick gets into your mouth it is broken down by the enzymes in saliva and in the stomach. But chemicals get straight into your bloodstream, there is no protection.”

Phthatale Family: Also known as di-n-butyl phthalate (DBP) and di(2-ehtylexyl) phthatale (DEHP).

Use: Nail polish, body lotions, hair-straighteners and sprays.

Risks: phthatales are endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) as well as carcinogens which have been linked to a variety of problems such as damage to the reproductive organs, premature breast development, lung, liver and kidney cancer. They have also been linked to lowered sperm counts and testicular injury.

Lauryl Sulfate:Also known as SLS and Sodium laureth sulfate (SLES).

Use: Shampoo, body and shower gels, bath salts and toothpaste.

Risks: lauryl sulfate is believed to be a carcinogen which has been linked to kidney and liver damage. Other health risks associated with this chemical include nervous-system disruption, eczema, dermatitis as well as skin inflammation. It can also cause eye damage, notably cataracts.

Amine Family: This chemical family includes Diethanolamine (DEA), triethanolamine (TEA) and monoethanolamine (MEA).

Use: Face powders, shaving creams, hair-coloring products for both men and women as well as hair sprays. Amines are also used in soaps, sunscreens, foundations, concealers, eyeliners, talcs and face powders.

Risks: amines can form cancer-causing nitrosamines when they come upon contact with nitrates and are toxic when absorbed on a long-term basis. These chemicals found in common cosmetics have been linked to kidney and liver cancer. They are also irritants to the hair and skin and damaging to the eyes. They also cause contact dermatitis.

Formaldehyde: Also known as Diazolidinyl urea, 3-diol Imidazolidinyl urea, DMDM Hydantoin, Quaternium-15, Nitroopropane-1, Formalin, Methanal, Methyl aldehyde, Methylene oxide, Morbicic acid, Oxymethlylene.

Use: Variety of makeup products and other personal care products, including shampoos, conditioners, shower gels, nail polish, mascara, mouthwash, makeup remover, bubble bath, hair-care products, anti-perspirants and talcs.

Risks: chemicals of the formaldehyde family are carcinogens which can cause depression, headaches, fatigue, dizziness and immune dysfunction. They also cause allergic reactions, contact dermatitis and irritate mucous membranes. Formaldehyde can also lead to joint and chest pain.

Paraben Preservatives: Also known as alkyl-p-hydroxybenzoates (methyl, propyl, butyl and ethyl.

Use: Nail creams, foundations, concealers, mascara, facial masks, deodorants, sunscreen, hair-coloring products and conditioners. They function as a germicide and preservative.

Risks: parabens can disrupt hormones, namely estrogen, which can lead to cancer. They have also been linked to breast cancer, but the studies are still being disputed. Parabens also cause skin rashes.


This post originally appeared on The Everyday Minimalist.

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Just a girl trying to find a balance between being a Shopaholic and a Saver. I cleared $60,000 in 18 months earning $65,000 gross/year. Now I am self-employed, and you can read more about my story here, or visit my other blog: The Everyday Minimalist.