10 Things You May Not Know About Your Make-Up

After doing some research on the company, I recently purchased some make-up from Afterglow Cosmetics.  It is en route to my house and I can’t wait to review it for you!  In the meantime, I thought you might find this little list of facts from Afterglow interesting.

  1. The US FDA does not regulate the cosmetic industry.
  2. The EU has banned approximately 1,100 ingredients found in personal care products, while the US has only banned 10 ingredients.
  3. Due to the lack of regulation in the USA, the words “natural,” “pure,” and “organic” do not guarantee the products have these characteristics.
  4. Cosmetic companies are now manufacturing products with particle sizes so small (“micronized” and “nano” sized) they can penetrate the layers of your skin and settle into the fatty tissues of your body.
  5. The average woman ingests an average of four pounds of lipstickover a lifetime.
  6. Most mineral makeup contains an ingredient called Bismuth Oxychloride, which is a bio-cumulative metal and a well known irritant to the skin.
  7. The most toxic cosmetic product is mascara; this product may contain mercury.
  8. Many makeup products, including lipstick, contain the ingredient carmine, which is a bright red pigment obtained from theexoskeleton of a beetle.
  9. Many cosmetic products contain parabens. Parabens are broad-band preservatives which have been found in breast cancer tumors during research biopsies.
  10. Resources like the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and the EWG’s Skin Deep Database can help you make more informed purchasing decisions. You have the power to “shop your cosmetic label” and green your makeup routine!


As I have said before, I converted to using only Clean make-up a long time ago.  Every last item in my make-up bag is made of natural ingredients.  It performs well and it actually washes off at the end of the day!  I am always trying new products and I’ll be reviewing make-up for you soon.  Please let me know if there are any Clean products that you love or if you have any questions about a specific product/ingredient!