'There's What in My Lipstick?!'

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Picture this: you have your food intake dialed in nicely, and your energy levels are not doing too bad. But for some reason, there is still that nagging feeling in the back of your mind something just isn’t “working”. You are not feeling as radiant as you would like to, or imagine that you would be.

The question I would ask would be: have you looked inside your makeup cabinet lately?

I don't know about you, but I didn't always watch what I put on my face as much as I do now (besides avocado of course). Through my extensive training, I discovered that what we are putting on our skin is every bit as important as what we put in our bodies. Sure, it's important to support our skin health with healthy fats, and sustainably-raised proteins, but when it comes to our makeup we have to be careful.

Big-name makeup lines have been dominating the shelves for years now, but the ingredient lists have only grown even longer. How do we even begin to separate what is harmful, and what isn’t?

"But it says it's organic!"

Ah, labels. It's so much fun to play "guess what that ingredient is". If you look on the back of any ol' lipstick you pick up in the department store, you may be a bit boggled by the sheer list of ingredients on that list. If it's longer than five ingredients, I would put that lipstick back where you got it!

Here is a short list of what to watch out for:

1. Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA)

Utilized as both a preservative in food, and in personal care products, BHA has been found to disrupt normal hormonal cycles.

2. Mineral Oils.

Mineral oils have been listed as a carcinogen for some time now, and it is easy to avoid by looking for products that use plant-based oils, or beeswax.

3. Lead and Other Heavy Metals.

You would think that our stores would no longer carry products that contains such dangerous compounds, such as lead. But it is very much still commonplace in conventional makeup products, with lipstick and lip stain still pretty high on that list.

If you are having a little one, or are still in the planning stages, it is important to keep a hawk-eye on how often you come into contact with heavy metals.

Mercury in particular has been found to have detrimental effects on the development of the fetus in utero, such as cognitive development. We end up consuming some of our lipstick or gloss throughout the day, and if it is a conventional product, there is a chance we are exposing ourselves unnecessarily to these heavy metals.

"So, what do I do?"

Through all of the alternative skin care and makeup lines out there, Beautycounter has really taken center stage. Not only does this company stand for for freedom of choice when it comes to having chemical-free makeup, but they back up everything they say about their products.

At first, I was a little unsure when I read about some of the ingredients in their lipstick and cover-up lines, but Beautycounter makes sure to provide thorough education on their products and the ingredients in them. If you have sensitivities to certain compounds, you can read more about some of the common ingredients here.

If you have been struggling with skin issues for a while and have tried just about everything, drop me a line. Let's figure this out together! 

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