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Sabtu, 24 Maret 2012

Alternatives to Top Toxic Products: Mascara

Why should I pay extra for natural products? Is it really better for me and the environment? While I encourage everyone to buy organic, fair-trade, local everything, sometimes it's simply not possible whether because of availability or budget. In the real world, we must pick and choose our battles. So what are the beauty products you should really avoid or substitute? Over the next few weeks, I'll be posting about the  top 5 toxic products to think twice about.

Mascara - Our eyes are so valuable yet, so vulnerable. Chemicals placed near eyes can be easily smudged into them. Surprisingly, it's illegal for other skincare products to contain mercury, FDA makes an exception for eye make up (source). Therefore, mascara to may contain up to 65 part per million mercury as a preservative. In addition, aluminum powder and triethanolamine (TEA) are commonly found in mascara, both have been linked to toxicity and allergies. Using mascara and fake eyelashes increases your chance of losing eyelashes while you're removing makeup. And for every eyelash you lose, it can take 2 to 4 months to grow back! So much for boosting your va-va-voom! Also, it's important to replace your mascara at least every 3 months. Bacteria can grow inside the tube (yes, even with all those preservatives), and cause eye infections. 

Recommendations: For those special occasions, try the Mini Fruit Pigmented Mascara by 100% Pure. It's 100% Vegetarian and natural, and the first ingredient is green tea, and contains no chemical preservatives. I also like the small size because I never seem to finish my mascara within 3 months.

Alternatives to Top Toxic Products: Mascara Rating: 4.5 Diposkan Oleh: Jesicca Rienzy

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