The first time I heard about makeup potentially causing cancer and physical problems I wasn't even skeptical because I didn't believe it. EVERYONE wears makeup. My mom taught me to use concealer when I was in sixth grade (and plagued with genetic dark circles-YAY!) and from then on Sephora and CVS were a godsend. The beautiful girls I followed on Youtube made whole careers out of trying products for millions of viewers. Then when I started modeling in Los Angeles at age 15 it became part of my career too! I naively thought: If there was legitimate danger, I would know, and these products would not be readily available and advertised to me.
HOWEVER: I started doing some research, which led me down a very confusing and frustrating rabbit hole, for many months. It's hard to determine an ingredients toxicity when it goes by many names, or doesn't have sufficient research, or (in some cases) is not even listed on the bottle! Still, there was overwhelming evidence that the ingredients in some of my makeup products was toxic, and presumably having an effect on my health.
Bottom Line: Many common cosmetic brands use ingredients that are linked to cancer and reproductive health, and that have been found in tumors. YUP. Our favorite brands are poisoning us, right through our skin.
So- what did I do? I manically thew out all my makeup and ordered vegan, environmentally safe makeup online. I had the best intentions, but when the makeup came and didn't match my nearly porcelain skin, and I had work, I would run to CVS and buy something to look presentable. I was stuck in a yo-yo effect. So if this is your first foray into natural beauty: take your time. It may be a process to find brands you like and trust, and products that are affordable.
The first thing I recommend people to do is to check out The Environmental Working Group's database on cosmetics and toxicity. You can search your own brands and beauty products (though there is often not enough information on small brands) and see for yourself how safe your current products are.
I will go into this in further detail in the future, but all my cosmetics are currently from 100% Pure and as a makeup junkie this company has made the transition to safe cosmetics much easier. There is a shop near my house, and it makes trying all the products before I buy a breeze. For Shampoo I use the J.R. Liggett's shampoo bar , and for body wash I use Dr. Bronner's Pure-Castile Soap with a natural Sea Sponge.
This post isn't meant to scare people or push certain companies (I am not sponsored) but I have become passionate about the way in which I take care of myself. It's wrong that we're swayed to buy things with fancy advertisements without being given fair warning of the possible side effects. I hope this inspires you to check the products you use and live a more conscious, healthy lifestyle. What products do you use that I should know about? let me know!