While most people would not put harmful chemicals on their faces intentionally, a relative few use pressed organic powders instead of conventional powders.
Powder is designed to finish your makeup and give it a flawless look. Although women have been wearing it for years, many are not aware of the chemicals and toxins they are absorbing from the pressed powders they are wearing. The product may or may not be what they say it is.
Some of the chemicals that can be found in pressed powder are:
- BHT - reproductive toxicity, endocrine disruption
- Nano Titanium Dioxide - carcinogenic
- Salicylic Acid - neurotoxicity
- Phenoxyethanol - organ toxicity
- Talc - organ toxicitiy
The list is much too long to reproduce here. There are literally thousands of chemicals in conventional pressed powder that could be hazardous to your health. Considering the skin is the largest organ of the body and is able to absorb both good and bad substances, it makes sense to consider pressed organic powders. If you are wondering how your makeup stacks up, you can go to Cosmetics Database and do a search. The site rates makeup of all kinds on a scale of one to ten, with ten being the most hazardous. You may be surprised at the results.
Are Pressed Organic Powders Safe?
Organic cosmetics are not regulated by the government either. There is, at this writing, no third party certification process for making sure that a cosmetic is really organic. You have to take the manufacturer's word on it. For this reason, it is important to buy from a manufacturer you know and trust. There is a rising public outcry for more accountability in this area.
Websites like Organic Consumers are a great place to get up to the minute information. Without standards and accountability, the consumer is at the mercy of the cosmetic company.
So, which are some of the best rated pressed organic powders, as far as safety?
- Physicians Formula Organic Wear Pressed Powder
- After Glow Cosmetics Organic Setting Powder
- Miessence Translucent Powder
Each of these got a low hazard rating on Cosmetics Database.
Finding Organic Cosmetics
Following are some Internet resources for organic cosmetics, including powders:
You can also check your local salons and other places that carry cosmetics. Physicians Formula Organics, for example, is available in almost any drugstore that carries cosmetics. The bigger department stores will also often carry organic cosmetics. The benefit of buying locally is that you can see whether or not you actually like the product before you buy it.
Stores like WholeFoods that specialize in natural and organic products often have organic makeup. Their sales people can help you find exactly what you are looking for.
Make Your Own Face Powder
Another, safer alternative would be to make your own organic face powder. This isn't as difficult as it may sound, depending on your skin tone. Just be certain that the ingredients that you use are certified organic.
For a light complexion, a dusting of organic cornstarch might be all you need to give yourself a silky, flawless finish. Darker tones could consider adding organic cocoa, cinnamon, cloves or other organic ingredients. Just be careful of accidentally dusting it in your eyes!
Other substances to try are:
- Tapioca starch
- Rice flour
- Arrowroot powder
- Kaolin clay
- French green clay to help hide redness
Finding an organic cosmetic line that you love and trust is important. There are cosmetics formulated for oily skin as well as dry. It may take some research and some digging, but if you keep trying you are sure to find something you like. It is worth it to find a product that not only makes you look great, but is not interfering with your health.