In Thursdays Telegraph I read that women who wear make up everyday are apparently absorbing 5 lb of chemicals a year.
STOP RIGHT THERE!
How can this be? Who are these women who slap on 5lbs of make up? Joan Collins, the late Barbara Cartland, Jordon?
The article was written by a man, Paul Stokes and I think this is why it started to become a little confused as to what constitutes make – up and what is skin care, general toiletries that are common to both men and women.
The more I thought about this the more irritated I became.
Our lady faces are very small in comparison to the rest of our bodies. The amount of dangerous chemicals that might be in make-up can only ever cover a very small area where as what we wash with and rub into our bodies is in my opinion where the danger if any would come from. And don’t get me started on the dye from clothes….
None of this apart from this bizarre figure of 5 lb is new.
The problem with any cosmetic product are the preservatives used and these are generally universal to any thing you buy; from Superdrug to Liz Earle, looking on the ingredients you will find them.
Most ‘Natural’ products are no exception.
My advice for anyone worried about what’s in their make-up and skin care is this-
Use everything sparingly
Ask yourself if you need to rub body lotion in everyday
Remove your make up at night
Don’t overload your skin (especially your face) with face creams.
If something irritates your skin throw or give it away
If you are thinking of trying out ‘natural’ products perhaps start with a lipgloss or lipstick as we all literally eat it.
Buy a mascara every time you buy a new toothbrush
Try giving up bubble bath –
if you are really interested in what you are putting on your face and body I would recommend a couple of books
Cosmetcis Umasked by Dr Stephen & Gina Antczak(after reading this book you will go straight out and by a ‘natural’ deodorant but after you find out it does'nt work you will slip in a ‘Mum’ or whatever it is you used to use back into your shopping trolley)
And the famous Beauty Bible by Josephine Fairley and Sarah Stacey
(I believe there is a Natural Beauty Bible in the pipe line)
My biggest passion in my life is beauty products. I have tried it all - cheap to really, really expensive – space age to biodynamic organic.
My biggest beauty tip? Get to know your own skin.