This week's "Talk About" is coming to us from our friends at MADE Beauty Company. Not only are they a team of professional, mobile makeup artists and hair stylists, but owner Nancy Dutiaume is also a clean beauty advocate. I've asked her to fill us all in on just what lipsticks are made of, what we should be looking out for and what are the best options.
I am such a big fan of clean beauty. As a makeup artist, if I’m going to offer a clean beauty alternative to my clients, they also need to come with the same performance as department store brands. I’ve done tireless research on products and ones that are safe for human health. Here are my findings on Lipstick! Enjoy!
There are several ingredients that are harmful that are found in most lipsticks. I have found that the ingredients to avoid are :
Methylparaben : use as a preservative and as an anti fungal ingredient. This ingredient is known to be a cancer causing ingredient, and can be “hidden” in an ingredient which makes it difficult for consumers to be aware of it’s presence in products.
*Natural alternatives are essential oils, vitamins and some herbal extracts fight against bacteria growth. The disadvantage is that they don’t generally last as long and expire generally within 12 months.
Polyparaben : an added preservative used as a preventative to bacteria and mould growth. This can not only be an allergen for people, but also is known to be an endocrine disruptor.
*Products without this ingredient tend to be less emollient but are generally more cost effective.
Retinyl Palmitate AKA Synthetic Form of Vitamin A : an antioxidant added to lipsticks. This ingredient is not recommended for use during pregnancy. When the ingredient is absorbed, it turns into retinol which is a known carcinogen. Appeal to it is it is known as an anti aging ingredient.
*Natural alternatives contain beneficial oils like grape seed, jojoba, bakuchiol & macadamia.
Dyes : An ingredient that adds the intensity of colour to your lipsticks, but are generally derived from aluminum or petroleum products. Many of these colours are not approved by the FDA but can be used in beauty products. They are known to contain heavy metals and also are known to be carcinogenic.
*There are plenty of natural alternatives, but generally they are much softer in colour and do require more frequent application.
Tocopheryl Acetate : a specific form of vitamin E that is created in a laboratory. This can cause itching, burning, peeling, hives and blisters on skin. This ingredient is also known to to cause an increased carcinogenic effect of UV rays.
* Vitamin E in it’s natural form is great for your skin and lips, however, the downfall is that it can be extremely expensive. When you can, natural is always better.
Lead : due to it’s devastating effects on brain development and behavior in children and it’s serious health risks to adults.
Lead is also linked to reduced fertility in both men and women, hormonal changes in both children and adults and also effects menstruation. Due to it’s often irreversible effects, it is deemed the most toxic ingredient to human health. It has been banned in the U.S. from house paint in 1978 and from gasoline in 1996, but it still lingers in the beauty industry. Because it can still be found in water, household dust and certain packaged food, it is almost impossible to guarantee that anything is “lead free.”
*While lead isn’t an ingredient that is specifically ADDED to a product, because it is so prevalent, production of lipsticks is where this needs to be monitored. An incredible leader in the industry for doing better at screening products for Lead, is Beautycounter. Read in more detail in this blog below.
Choosing better for you lipsticks is the name of the game. Some brands I love and truly support their ingredient listings are :
Don’t let this information scare you. Allow it to be guidance to make better choices for yourself. One product at a time. As you replenish your makeup bag, begin choosing more mindfully. Cleaner beauty can be just as beautiful when you know what product lines to choose from with the same efficacy.
Post Note: Owner, Nancy Dutiaume of Made Beauty Co. sat down with us awhile back on our Wildflower Project podcast, come have a listen in to hear more about them!