HEALTH & BEAUTY: What’s in Your Lipstick?

We’re minimalists when it comes to wearing makeup. Often opting for makeup-free Mondays and makeup-free Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays….okay, pretty much makeup-free everyday :). The only cosmetic we always keep in our purse is lipstick.

Statistics indicate that we “eat” about four pounds of lipstick every year. While that statistic is debatable, there’s no doubt that we ingest a lot of toxic chemicals including those that may be in the lipsticks that we put on our lips, on our bodies.

We’re always in search of the right shade of lip color. And, it’s taken us some time to research and find the right lipstick that’s free of as many toxic chemicals as possible. Our NS Fans have expressed similar frustrations in finding 100% artificial chemical-free lip stick. So, we suggest weeding out as many as possible.

We discovered several major lipstick brands that we like. The following are ones that we discovered at Sephora (we love that store!):

  • Bite – Our go-to brand for lip color, offering smooth and silky coverage that we like.
  • Tarte – Some of the lipsticks felt a little chalky and drying to our lips, yet we like their shades.
  • Fresh – Sugar lip tint provides a shimmer of color, for when we just want some sheer coverage.

There are many out there and we love playing at Sephora’s cosmetic counters :). We encourage you to find the right lip color for you and, most importantly, find ones that are free of as many artificial chemicals as possible.

What’s your go-to lipstick?

Thank you for being kind to your body!

A Common Skin Care Question…

Many of us are looking for healthier options in what we eat and in what we use on our bodies. When it comes to skin care, one of the most common questions that we’re asked is “What should I look for when reading product ingredients labels?”

The ingredients list on beauty care products can be daunting. So long and complex, they often include ingredients that we can’t pronounce. So, where do we begin when looking for products that are healthier for our bodies and that don’t include ingredients that are chemically derived? How can we avoid artificial ingredients that could be toxic to our bodies?

Here are some common product ingredients to be wary of:

* Parabens such as methyl, ethyl, propyl, and butyl parabens are used as preservatives and have been found to be carcinogenic.

* Sodium laurel sulfates are foam enhancers that create the lather in products such as shampoo and facial cleansers. Unfortunately, these synthetic components have been found to be skin irritants.

* Fragrances are a chemical cocktail and are often listed simply as “fragrance” or “parfum” on ingredients labels. More than 3,000 chemicals may hide behind these terms.

* Petrochemicals such as mineral oil, paraffin wax, and paraffin oil are pore-clogging ingredients derived from crude oil. They can be found in various cosmetic products.

So, if a product includes ingredients that you can’t pronounce, be cautious and look for product options that are free of artificial and chemical ingredients. Look for products that are healthier for your body, and your body will thank you.

Be Kind to Your Body ®