What you put on your face should not be a disgrace to your health. Am I right? The problem is, we don’t always think about what ingredients are lurking in our cosmetics and makeup.
Since I personally went on a hunt recently to try a new mascara, I thought I would share what non-toxic options I found thanks to a little help from my fellow nutritional therapy practitioners. The following list includes all of their recommendations.
19 Non Toxic Mascaras To Check Out
- Suzanne Organics Mascara – This is Suzanne Somers Make-Up Line
- Cowgirl dirt
- Earth’s Beauty Natural Mascara
- Real Purity
- Jane Iredale
- EcoBella (gluten free)
- W3LL People
- Fitglow Beauty
- Red Apple Lipsticks Mascara
- 100% Pure Mascara (has wheat protein in it)
- Gabriel Color (in black) from Whole Foods
- Physician’s Formula organic formula – (carried at Target and Walmart) scores a 1 from EWG
- Mineral Fusion – (not gluten free) at some Whole Foods
- Raw SkinCeuticals (raw vegan)
- Alima Pure
- Celtic Complexion
- GLo Professionals – mineral based and no chemicals!
- Everyday Minerals
- Primal Life Organics
Resources To Find Non-Toxic Cosmetics
- Skin Deep – Environmental Working Group Database
- Beauty Proof.com has clean make up reviews
- Check out this Pinterest Board of Natural Mascaras
Heavy Metals In Your MakeUp?
Other toxins lurking in our modern day makeup that gives much cause for concern are heavy metals. A fellow nutritional therapist, who also practices using HTMA, recently shared this information about mercury in cosmetics. Mascara happens to be one of the ones where thimerosal (a form of mercury) is used.
“Thimerosal is a preservative and anti-microbial that is 50% ethylmercury. It’s a potent neurotoxin and epigenetic toxicant and has a cumulative effect when absorbed.”
Did you know that as long as it’s under 65 ppm, and if it is classified as an “inactive ingredient,” the FDA allows it in cosmetics, eye drops, ear drops, and other OTC and RX products for children and adults?
Mascara is one of the most common products using thimerosal, partly because the Minamata Global Treaty of 2013 banned it from a number of other products but concluded that for mascara there were not sufficient alternative options to protect consumers from infection and extend product shelf life (!) Please note that the FDA allows cosmetic companies not to list ingredients that makeup less than 1% of a product, so more mascaras than are currently acknowledging thimerosal use may be using it at or under the allowed 65 ppm.
“The Environmental Working Group’s fabulous Skin Deep database includes the brands listing thimerosal as an ingredient, but if you use mascara, you want to be sure you actively check with the manufacturer to make sure they are not using ethylmercury in any form in the product you purchase. ” Sara Russell, NTP
Here are a couple more articles on heavy metals in your makeup:
- The Health Risks of Hidden Heavy Metals In MakeUp
- There’s Mercury In Your Mascara, And The UN Is Okay With That
If you are trying to improve or maintain your health ditching the toxic cosmetics is another step you can take. The good news is we have more options popping up, it just takes a little extra effort to find the best option for you.
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