Many of you have asked me about various cosmetics and how to know what’s safe and what isn’t safe to use. Before I purchase a new product, I always check the Skin Deep guide to toxins in cosmetics.
The number one rule for personal skin care is to never put any thing on your skin that you can’t consume. My daily routine is simple and easy. I use certified organic coconut oil for skin moisturizing, removal of make up, and night time moisturizing. The coconut bar soap is what I use at night and in the morning to cleanse my face. I follow this with a light amount of coconut oil for a moisturizer before applying any mineral makeup.
The mineral makeup I use is Alima. When I first chose this brand, I was looking for a locally sourced company to cut down on my carbon footprint. I was thrilled to find out they were also rated green on the Skin Deep Database on ewg.org and disappointed to find other top brands ‘claiming to be natural’ rating so poorly. Their web address is alimapure.com. Alima products can be found in various local stores. If you go on to their web page, they have store locations listed. I choose to order my products online and have them delivered to my door.
I have brought in some samples of Alima mineral make up in to the office. If you would like to be tested on it, please inform Sarah or Ila prior to your appointment. They will have the samples placed in the room with your file so that Paul can test you for them.
If you’re not ready to take the mineral makeup plunge, be sure to purchase makeup with EU (European Union) Compliance standards. Cancer causing chemicals are not allowed in cosmetics that are produced in Europe.
Be aware that the words ‘all natural’ or ‘organic’ may oftentimes mean soy, wheat and corn will be found in the ingredients. This is especially true in regard to lipsticks and liquid foundations. Many organic products replace the parabens and petroleum ingredients used for binding with corn, wheat and soy. If you need a good replacement for lipsticks, I recommend using an all food based lip balm alongside a lip liner in the color you desire. You will get long lasting color on your lips without any of the hazardous chemicals or food allergens.
It’s still important to check the product for ingredients you might be sensitive to as well. Many organic products will replace chemicals with corn, wheat and soy. After you’ve looked up your product in the Skin Deep Guide, remember to bring it in with you on your next appointment to be tested by Paul. I hope this helps you as much as it has helped me.
Thank you again for all that you do to help improve our community. When we refuse to purchase products that contain chemicals, we allow our voices to be heard. I’m a bit of an optimist and believe that small changes done by one individual at a time will create large changes in the end.