It’s fun to play with colours and glitter in makeup, but who doesn’t like having an even, smooth base? Foundation is one of the most essential parts of a makeup look. It evens out the skin tone and blurs imperfections. Since it is the product that is applied to our whole face, it’s important to know what is in the ingredients. Many foundations contain harmful chemicals and toxins that are absorbed into the blood and can cause negative long-term effects.
It’s best to avoid these ingredients in product descriptions:
- Parabens– preservatives that are used to prevent the growth of bacteria in makeup products. Once the skin absorbs and transmits them into the bloodstream, they can cause early puberty and breast cancer.
- Heavy metals– chrome and nickel are two heavy metals found in many different types of makeup. They are neurotoxins that can even cause brain damage and lung cancer.
- Phthalates– a group of chemicals that can be disruptive to the endocrine system that’s responsible for hormone production. This can lead to developmental, reproductive, and neurological damage.
- Lead– it’s found in foundation, lipstick and many other different products. It’s a proven neurotoxin that’s linked to miscarriage, reduced fertility, and delays of puberty for females. Many brands have been tested by the FDA and have been found to contain up to 7.19ppm of lead.
- Butylated compounds (BHA, BHT)- a very unhealthy ingredient that is a preservative and is found in a dozen of products. It’s found in cosmetics like lipsticks, lip glosses, foundations, soaps, and even food. These toxins are endocrine disruptors and can induce skin allergies.
- Siloxanes– a paraben used in cosmetics to soften and moisten their formula. They disrupt the endocrine system and are toxic to the reproductive system.
- Synthetic fragrances- these can be highly irritating for the skin. Many unidentified chemicals can cause allergies, migraines, asthma, skin irritation and many more triggering effects.
- Talc- commonly found in shampoos, foundations, lotions, eye shadows, and lipsticks. The inhalation of talc can cause respiratory disorders since it gets clogged up in our lungs. It’s also strongly associated with ovarian cancer.
Why you should go organic
You’re probably shocked about all the harmful ingredients found in so many cosmetics widely available at the drugstore. We are exposed to hundreds of these chemicals in our everyday lives during our morning or night routine. Switching to organic products can significantly improve your skin and protect your future health.
Your skin is gentle
It may seem like your skin can handle anything, but it’s actually really fragile and sensitive. You should be very careful with what you apply to your skin. Organic makeup contains nutrients that are amazing for your skin. Some nourishing minerals and botanicals that protect your skin include tea tree oil, magnesium, calcium, green tea, essential oils and natural pigments. If you notice redness on your skin after using certain products, it shows that you have sensitive skin and should use products that are gentle and improve your skin’s condition.
Prevent premature signs of aging
Organic cosmetics don’t contain any chemicals or fillers that accelerate the rate of aging. All products applied onto the face are absorbed into the skin and can clog pores which leads to blemishes, acne and emphasises wrinkles. Wrinkles are more visible when using products that contain waxes and silicones that settle into the skin. You should also use products that help to protect from sun damage and slow down aging. Organic makeup also has natural ingredients that help boost collagen production and help with efficient cell turnover.
Many chemicals we use daily pollute our water which ends with the lives of animals and plants being taken. They harm our planet and can end up causing oil spills and different harmful chain reactions. Organic cosmetics never include synthetic chemicals or fertilisers which are destructive to our environment. Organically grown plants are also guaranteed to work well with your skin and don’t contain harsh chemicals. Most packaging of organic products is also recyclable and eco-friendly.
Repair your skin
Most of use a few layers of cosmetics each day, whether it be makeup or skin care products. All of these products actively seep into our skin, and our skin can react badly to it. They can cause breakouts, rashes or redness. Using organic products helps make your skin feel more balanced and nourished. Natural ingredients have soothing properties, so you won’t need to worry about bad reactions or annoying breakouts.
Protect your skin from the sun
Some main ingredients found in makeup that protect your skin from the sun include zinc oxide, titanium oxide, and iron oxide. These all decrease the risk of skin cancer. Not only do they last longer, but they also protect against UVA rays and UVB rays. Sun damage also causes early aging, sun spots and wrinkles, which is why you should always use sun protection.
If you want to achieve a flawless-looking face, foundation is an essential element. It’s what lies underneath all of your other makeup and is the canvas for different colours.
You choose your foundation based on the type and colour of your skin. When it comes to finishes, there are a few for all of the different skin types. Matte foundations are best for oily skin, and moisturising foundations are best for dry skin. A factor you should also take into consideration is the type of coverage you’d like. A full-coverage foundation is great for covering dark spots, acne, and scars. Lighter coverage is best for a natural finish and skin-like appearance.
- Jane Iredale Glow Time BB Cream
This foundation has an SPF 25 and offers full coverage without being too heavy on the skin. It even gives a radiant, glowy finish. It should be set with powder, especially if you have oily skin. It’s best when it’s applied with a beauty blender, and it doesn’t cling to dry patches. If you’re looking for an organic foundation with great coverage, a nice, fresh scent and one that lasts all day, this is a good choice.
- Juice Beauty Flawless Serum Foundation
This is an award-winning product made with certified organic ingredients. It comes in 11 different tones with a buildable formula. It locks in moisture and smoothes out wrinkles and fine liners. There aren’t any preservatives in this product, and it’s eco-friendly. Some ingredients include aloe leaf juice, safflower seed oil, and coconut alkanes. Your skin will be glowing and looking amazing with this foundation.
- Kjaer Weis Foundation
It works well with most skin types. The coverage is medium to full, and it lasts all day on the face. A good trick is to apply it onto well-moisturised skin, especially some type of oil. You must be careful with dry skin because it can cling to dry patches. It gives a soft, satin finish and sinks into the skin throughout the day without getting cakey.
- Antonym Skin Esteem Foundation
This foundation has a whipped consistency and sets fairly quickly. It’s best to apply it in small sections. The finish it gives is satin-matte, and it’s a very long wearing foundation. It covers practically all blemishes and redness and it great for all skin types. Your skin doesn’t need much preparation before applying this product. Another plus is that it has a beautiful cocoa scent.
- Gressa Minimalist Serum Foundation
This range contains 11 shades. The applicator is a thin dispenser that you apply with a dropper. The coverage is quite buildable and gives a nice even layer of product. The foundation has a skin like finish that melts into your skin. The scent is hardly noticeable and natural. All of the ingredients are organic, and some include broccoli seed oil. You only need a small amount of product (3-6 drops) to cover the face. Your skin will look flawless after using it.
- Nu Evolution Complete Coverage Foundation
A foundation made with only organic ingredients and pure pigments. The range contains eight universal shades. The consistency is quite thick and dries reasonably quickly, which is why it’s important to blend it quickly. The coverage is also great (medium to full, very buildable) and has a matte finish. Its scent is neutral. Finding a matte organic foundation can be hard, but this one is amazing. All you need is one pump for the whole face.
- Sappho New Paradigm Liquid Foundation
This is a great foundation for dry skin. It’s a medium to full coverage product that has a radiant, flawless finish. It goes on smoothly and feels super light on the skin. It’s highly pigmented but still offers a natural finish. The staying power is very good and doesn’t require any touch ups throughout the day. Coconut oil, jojoba oil, and shea butter all hydrate the skin. It also contains many antioxidants, phytonutrients and flavonoids which nourish the skin. You don’t have to worry about alcohol, parabens or non-vegan ingredients in the product. A huge plus is also that it’s cruelty-free. It applies well with a sponge.
Switching from normal drugstore foundations to organic ones can be a big chance- for the better. They improve the texture of your skin and are better for the environment. Forget about skin irritation, annoying breakouts from certain ingredients, and worrying about getting an allergic reaction. An organic foundation doesn’t only mean minimal coverage. There are plenty of organic full coverage foundations that can cover any blemish and still look amazing. The cost of them can actually be more affordable than you’d expect. If you’re still unsure about switching to them completely, many brands offer testers and mini-size product so you can try them out before making a purchase.