Dirty Face My Journey to Uncover the Truth About Makeup


The Truth About Makeup

Vicki and I talk about our journeys to health reclamation often, comparing notes, sharing our experiences and bringing each other new remedies and lessons we’ve learned. Our advice stream flows from trying new foods, to juicing for different benefits, to using essential oils, to toxins to avoid.

Needless to say, we both continue learning, but I’ve personally absorbed a lot from Vicki’s journey – and in ways that have changed my habits forever.

fullsizerender-7Let’s back up.

Years ago I attended a multi-level marketing skin care party and realized the implications of toxins in makeup. At that time though, I was only just embarking on my pursuit of healthy living in a deeper way, so the thought of disposing of all of my costly and valuable skin care lotions and kaboodles of makeup, nail polish, hair care products, etc. was overwhelming.


Maybe you can relate. The expense. The “waste”….

I mean come on. Baby steps, people.

In other health efforts, my husband and I had started juicing wheat grass and other fruits and veggies. We were learning about the benefits of eating sprouted foods and eating less meats and processed foods. That seemed like a full-time job!

One day more recently, Vicki was sharing about parabens in makeup and what she had learned about how toxic most big brand cosmetics tend to be. They use preservatives and toxic chemicals that do more harm than good (and some have even been detected 99% of the time in cancer patients!).

Instantly, I was reminded about that skin care party information I had filed away in my brain’s archive system and another brick of knowledge was added to my awareness foundation.

A day or two later, while driving home from work it occurred to me that I had makeup stashed in my car which I used to “freshen-up” if I was out and about, before walking into another meeting or heading into a networking event. It had been in there for years. Literally.

I was curious.


When I got home, I opened the center console, reached for my little makeup bag and pulled out a Cover Girl powder compact, Revlon blush, and Maybelline eyeshadows in two colors. Flipping them each over, I scanned the ingredients on the back only to find 2-4 ingredients on each container was some form of paraben. Yikes!


So, what is a paraben?

Parabens are chemicals that serve as preservatives in antiperspirants, cosmetics and sun lotions.

Doesn’t sound so bad?

Except. Scientific research has shown that most breast cancers develop in the upper-outer quadrant of the breast. And it just so happens that area is closest to the lymph nodes exposed to antiperspirants. What seals the deal? 99% of breast cancer tissue contained this everyday chemical.

Now! Imagine the sunscreen we slather all over our bodies to prevent skin cancer, and makeup we use every single day on our face (see lymph information for face and neck here and the fascinating infographic showing the shocking link between breast cancer and your makeup here, or infertility and parabens here). These products absorb into the skin and over time they build up.

I was horrified. Immediately, I ran into the house, dumped all of my blushes, eye shadows, and face powders onto the bathroom counter and began reading their ingredients. More than half of my makeup was tainted by this disgusting chemical.

I realized I hadn’t really, really understood the implications of my decisions to continue using chemical infused makeup products, even after I became aware of it.

But now, I was armed with enough insight to think again. I was not only sickened by the corporate marketing ploys of the big brand cosmetic companies, I was mad at them.

dirty-makeup-copyAnd I realized one other thing. The older makeup had ingredients offered right on the back, in plain sight. The newer makeup I had didn’t offer the ingredients as readily. Over time, the poisonous ingredients have “slipped from sight”!

Some consumers may not even realize that the back label on certain makeups opens to reveal the ingredients list. Here’s the kicker…

According to the FDA – “Cosmetics sold to consumers in stores or online must have a list of ingredients, each listed by its common or usual name. This is important information for consumers who want to find out whether a product contains an ingredient they wish to avoid. Parabens are usually easy to identify by their name, such as methylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben, or ethylparaben.”

But “the FDA doesn’t have special rules that apply only to preservatives in cosmetics.

Under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act), cosmetic products and ingredients, other than color additives, do not need FDA approval before they go on the market.”

I decided to do a bit more research (a simple Google search for “Parabens” yields the FDA website information page in the top results) for myself.

No one was going to tell me.

I had to take matters into my own hands.

How can they use this garbage and then feed humans a recipe for illness? It’s all about money.

I’m not satisfied by what they “should” or “are supposed” to do. We’ve been sold on harmful products and lied to for years.

Why would they start making higher quality products and make a lower profit? They wouldn’t.

The greedy striving toward the almighty dollar combined with rampant vanity leaves us believing we must buy that product in order to look like the models we have been told are “the beautiful ones”. Their secret concoctions (that are poisoning us!) are working against the restored health we’ve worked so hard for– and the majority of us don’t even know it.

We have simply trusted the system that feeds us the garbage.

And what’s worse… usually they’re just putting new packaging, new messaging, new words on an old product, just to sell more of it. They’re just putting new lipstick on an old pig and trying to tell the butcher she’s young, lean, and quality.

It’s called marketing, friends. I happen to know just a little bit about it and unfortunately, it’s gotten out of hand in this country.

Well, now I know it. Enough bricks of knowledge have been added to my life that I can’t look back.

In my pursuit to take ownership of my own health and not trust “them”, I began researching essential oils and found lavender (anti-inflammatory and healing), melaleuca (disinfecting and immune building) and frankincense (healing) oils applied to my face with a carrying coconut oil actually began clearing up my skin from blemishes and healing it ten times faster (a not so scientific guess) than anything I’ve ever used. Pure, raw, plant-based essential oils.

evan-healyNow, instead of lotions and potions full of chemicals, I have a medicine cabinet shelf dedicated to natural remedies in the form of oils and herbs and I use them for everything.

I’ve also done more research and found natural makeup and skincare lines that provide quality products that are organic and use ingredients the earth has provided for us.

If you’re interested, I now use brands like Jane Iredale, Evan Healy, Red Apple Lipstick, and Alima Pure who have taken their craft seriously and are committed to bringing natural products that are free from harsh chemicals. And other cosmetic and skin care lines are showing up with the same mission, and if you want to know more, check out this app that rates personal care products: EWG Healthy Living. Get yours at: http://www.ewg.org/apps/

healthy-living-appOnce we become aware of information it is up to us to assess it on our own and act on it. Don’t let the good building blocks you’ve already laid for restoring your health grow mossy!

Just keep adding bricks of knowledge to rebuild your own health!

Become your own advocate and take initiative to educate yourself. I did, and my face, skin, and overall health are glowing daily reminders!

Here’s to making educated decisions and reclaiming your own health.

– Jamie Teasdale, Marketing Director



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