A few months ago I heard about the book Look Great, Live Green by Deborah Burnes from a favorite blogger of mine, Kendra. She is a beauty blogger that focuses a lot on all natural, better for you beauty products. I respect her a lot, considering how many non natural, amazing beauty products there are out there. I have read a lot of books about factory farming, and how chemicals effect the food we eat. Because of that, I don’t eat processed food (except for the occasional Oreo). But what about the products I put on my face and body? Your skin absorbs what you put on it, so if I’m going to not eat food with chemicals, then I shouldn’t be using products with chemicals.
This book focuses on “choosing beauty solutions that are planet safe and budget smart.” There are chapters on the specific chemicals used in most products that are harmful, and then healthier alternatives. It tells you what to look for, and what to avoid. There are even recipes for homemade products!
Today, I read Chapter 1 which tells about the history of cosmetics. I know people who don’t wear makeup, and make a point of saying so. Sometimes it makes me feel weird, because I DO wear make up. But this chapter made me realize, I shouldn’t care! Wearing cosmetics dates back to the Egyptians, and even earlier settlements were known to make soaps and perfumes. Wearing make up is a part of the history of the world, so I’m not going to stop anytime soon!
Egyptians used to put black kohl, which contained lead on their eyes, and Europeans used to use powders that contained lead as well. We figured out over time these ingredients were harmful, and thus stopped rubbing them on our faces. But, now there is host of all new ingredients that are just as harmful, but no one is doing anything about it. The FDA doesn’t regulate this stuff, so if you’re going to known anything about it, you’re going to have to do the research yourself.
I’m looking forward to reading this book and learning all the dirty (and then green!) details on the beauty world. Sadly, I’m sure I’ll find out a lot of my favorite products are horrible for me!