It’s irritating when your make-up is irritating, but it’s a common tale among women; buying four different brands of makeup because they break out from Revlon foundation, or turn red from Maybelline powder, or their eyes swell from L’Oreal mascara. Most drug-store variety cosmetics, as well as popular department store brands, contain harsh irritants such as; parabens, octinoxate, petroleum, mineral oil, artificial pigments, heavy metals, glutens, and fragrances. According to local Skin Care expert, Jennifer Boyd of Indian Springs Holistic Center, “These ingredients are reduced to something called nano-sizes, absorbing easily into the skin, burrowing into the red blood cells. Nanoparticles can also be easily inhaled, making a beeline right into the lungs, triggering allergies, and irritating lung tissue.”
This is bad news for the majority of the female population. Since women tend to wear make-up on a daily basis, they are constantly exposing themselves to carcinogens, toxic chemicals, and by-products from lead refinements such as bismuth oxychloride. Many lipsticks, and glosses also contain gluten. Should you have a gluten allergy or Celiac Disease, adding that fabulous shade to your lips can trigger some very unsavory reactions.
For those who are seeking a better, healthier option, you should consider ZuZu Luxe by Gabriel Cosmetics, Inc. Out of the many mineral make-up lines on the market today, ZuZu Luxe, is one of the few lines of cosmetics that does not contain fragrances, aluminum powder, lead by-products, mineral oil, petroleum, or talc. Their products only contain coarse size particles instead of nanoparticles. This keeps inhalation and absorption to a minimum.
Formulated without artificial pigments, ZuZu Luxe only uses plant extracts for color, creating beautiful rich pigments, ensuring that every shade is made in harmony with skin tones. ZuZu will never discontinue a color either, which is great. That alleviates the frustration that happens when your favorite, most perfect eye shadow, goes off the market. Another great benefit with these cosmetics is that the makeup textures are carefully developed to enhance and work with your skin. The ZuZu Luxe foundation blends so well, that you don’t feel like you’re wearing make-up, and you won’t look like a Kabuki performer either. The lip glosses are lead and gluten free, so even the most sensitive person can wear it happily.
ZuZu Luxe costs about the same as department store brand makeup lines, and can be found in health food stores like, Organic Harvest (http://www.orgharvest.com/) on Route 31 in Hoover. Keep an eye on Organic Harvest’s website as several times each year they have the aforementioned local skin care expert, Jennifer Boyd, do makeup demonstrations, and help you find your best shades.