Healthy beauty-style Guide, By Lisa D Liguori
Mascara. Beauty. Health.
Which one of these words does not belong with the others?
Trick question. They all belong.
Mascara is one of the most basic beauty tools that women wear on a regular basis. Yea, OK. We got that, but why are we talking about health in a post about mascara?
Stop and think about what you are putting so close to your eyes. What is the chemical makeup of mascara?
Here is a listing of the ingredients in a typical mascara. (This happens to be one of the most popular mascaras, Maybelines Great Lash)
Petroleum Distillates, Pentaerythrityl Hydrogenated Rosinate, Carnuba Wax, Polyethylene, Synthetic Beeswax, Quaternium-18, Hectorite, Quaternium-18 Hectorite,Magnesium Carbonate, Beeswax, Kaolin, Aluminum Stearate, Silica, Propylene Carbonate, Cetyl Dimethicone, Tocopheryl Acetate, Wheat Germ Oil, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, Iron Oxides (May contain), Titanium Dioxide (May contain), Ultramarines (May contain), Mica (May contain)
Use This. Not That
Compare this to a healthier version of mascara (HoneyBee Gardens Truly Natural Mascara – click here for more information or to purchase one for your very own).
purified water; vegetable glycerin; beeswax; copernicia cerifera (carnauba) wax; vegetable glyceryl stearate; lecithin; vegetable stearic acid; safflower oil; glycine soja (soybean) oil (and) aloe barbadensis leaf extract; simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil; silica; cellulose gum; tocopherol; xanthan gum; chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower extract; rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract; cucumis sativus (cucumber) fruit extract; phenoxyethanol. May contain: mica; titanium dioxide (CI 77891); iron oxides (CI 77491; 77492; 77480).
Do you see a difference?
I have highlighted some of the ingredients that I personally would avoid. You can go to the Environmental Working Groups Cosmetic Safety Data Base to check them out yourself. Note that I have higlighted phenoxyethanol, in yellow, as I see it in many healthier versions of products. and I have yet to find a mascara that works fabulous and is 100% healthy. So, I am good with the 99%, and this mascara is fabulous, smudge proof and lash building, or I wouldn’t be carrying it.
Ingredients are loosely monitored by the FDA so it is OUR job to monitor our own health. And, by the way, if you have young girls in your household, please teach them the importance of using safe ingredients. Look here for more ingredient help.
Between the 3 to 6 months mark, best practice is to toss your mascara out. Even before that time frame, if the smell is off, toss it, Mascara, in it’s closed tube can grow bacteria and cause allergic reactions. Allergic reactions are often due to paraben, aluminum, ceteareth- 20, or benzyl alcohol. Or shellac. Shellac is a natural resin produced by the insect Laccifer lacca and is mostly harvested in India for use in varnishes, food coatings, and cosmetics.
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And Just For Fun
Natural Homemade Mascara
- 1/8 tsp. Activated Charcoal (about 1/2 capsule)
- 1/8 tsp. Aloe Vera Gel
- Mix up & apply with a sterilized, mascara wand
Creative mascara tip: Use mineral eye shadows to create interesting looks with your mascara. Dust your wand with mineral powder of any color that pulls your heart strings. Purple? Silver? Apply mascara as usual, directly to your lashes. WOW!
Here are a few other helpful mascara and eyelash articles for your perusal.
Do you have a favorite healthy mascara? Are you concerned with what you put around your eyes and the ingredients you use daily? Please leave a comment below. We want your contribution!