Cosmetics have become a part of almost everyone’s daily beauty routine. But you should be aware that almost every over the counter or designer cosmetic contains harsh chemicals and toxins. To help minimize the amount of chemicals and toxins your body encounters every day, we’ve researched a few natural and organic options you can (and should) switch out for the cosmetics you’re currently using.

Foundation

Foundation is a widely used cosmetic product, but the vast majority of these options contain some very harmful chemicals and toxins that are hidden in the labels. The worst of which include propylene glycol, methylparaben, and propylparaben, which disrupt your endocrine systems. These systems regulate your biological processes, metabolism, reproductive system, blood sugar regulation, etc.

Luckily there are a ton of natural foundations that steer clear of these toxins. Two of our favorites include Sappho and Lavera. These foundations have natural minerals and a base of aloe and organic jojoba oil, as well as clay, silt, and arrowroot powder.

Use this:

Sappho

Sappho Foundation

Lavera

Lavera foundation

Not that:

NARS, Revlon, Cover Girl

Mascara

Like foundation, mascara is an essential to a woman’s morning beauty routine, but this portable best friend in a tube contains a slew of toxic chemicals. The worst chemicals include parabens, aluminum powder, propylene glycol, and retinyl acetate.

There are a variety of safer alternatives for the beauty product 37% of women consider a makeup mainstay. Blogger Kris Carr put together a detailed ratings chart for her most popular natural mascaras. Her highest scorer was Physician’s Formula Organic Wear Lash Boosting Mascara that gives lots of volume, great definition, lasting wear, and is cruelty free!

Use This:

100% Pure

100% pure mascara

Kjaer Weis

Kjaer Weis Mascara

Organic Wear

organic wear mascara

Not That:

Revlon, Maybelline, CoverGirl

Lipstick

The most used cosmetics, found in 38% of US households, are lipsticks and lip glosses. And the most harmful ingredient found in a plethora of lipsticks is lead. In fact, 20% of our daily ‘safe intake’ of lead can be consumed just through the lipstick we wear.

Our picks for natural lipstick include Coastal Classic and W3LL. Both have fantastic color as well as organic ingredients and a low hazard rating.

Use This:

Coastal Classic

Coastal classic extremely_nude_lipstick

W3LL

W3LL lipstick

Not That:

Maybelline, L’Oreal, NARS

Sunscreen

A product we all use to protect us from the sun can actually be more harmful than the UV rays it reflects—nearly 75% of sunscreen products are toxic. The chemicals inside sunscreen have the ability to disrupt hormones, cause allergic reactions, and frequently irritate skin.

Mineral sunscreen is the way to go. It contains zinc and titanium, which don’t break down and absorb into your bloodstream. Really, the best sunscreen for you is a shirt and hat, but you can also use these three natural sunscreens for days with potential over-sun exposure: Kiss My Face, Hydration Pomegranate, and Aubrey Organics.

Use This:

Kiss My Face

Kiss my face sunscreen

100% Pure Hydration Pomegranate

pure pomegranate moisturizer

Aubrey Organics

Aubrey organics natural sunscreen

Not That:

Banana Boat, Coppertone, Neutrogena

Makeup Remover

Don’t you feel good when you remember to remove your day’s worth of makeup before bed? Me too! But that stingy, naked feeling is actually bad for your skin. Makeup removers use alcohol and harsh chemicals to strip makeup, oils, and dead skin away from your face.

The good news is there are plenty of natural makeup removers you can find right in your very own kitchen to help clean away your applied foundation and other cosmetics without the harsh stinging. If you’re a pro at DIY projects, we’ve even found some do it yourself makeup remover recipes.

Use This:

Avocado, coconut oil, grape seed oil, cucumber slices

Not That:

Pretty much anything store bought!

Cosmetics contain slews of harmful chemicals and toxins that can easily be removed from your daily cosmetic routine. Instead of dropping hundreds of dollars on dangerous cosmetics, try out some natural options instead. A healthier lifestyle can start with the cosmetics you use every day.

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