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Cosmetics: What to Look For, What to Avoid

By Mara Fleishman, April 27, 2009  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Mara Fleishman
Mineral MakeupLooking for beauty to believe in? After decades of natural foods, more natural cosmetics are also emerging. It's easy to understand the importance of natural foods, but are there real reasons for buying cosmetics with natural ingredients? Check out our pocket guide and podcast to get the facts behind the hype about natural cosmetics and body care ingredients.
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Eyeliah says ...
It's about time!
05/20/2009 8:05:54 PM CDT
nancy y says ...
the podcast was very interesting and good to know info on sunscreens! http://the-coveted.com
05/20/2009 3:40:33 PM CDT
kristen neal says ...
under the natural cosmetics and body care ingredients you mentioned that traditional sunscreens have harmful ingredients. I am always looking for a safe yet effective sunscreen that I can wear while at our northern home on the lake. What brands do you recommend to be the most effective and ingredient safe for my children and I?
04/30/2009 8:07:10 AM CDT
Tronya says ...
Are there any organic sunless tanners that are known to work for those with sensitive skin? I have tried pretty much every sunless tanner out there that markets to sensitive skin. I have had some type of allergic reaction with them all. The most common reaction was an itchy bumpy rash. Someone suggested going the organic route.
05/05/2009 9:35:15 AM CDT
Dana says ...
Origins is the only company that I know of that does not use harmful ingredients in sunscreen. I was surprised when I found out about the harmful ingredients in sunscreen. Origins is great though, and it isn't too expensive.
05/01/2009 8:22:44 AM CDT
Elaine says ...
I am responding to Mara's video regarding Mother' Day as being every day!! I have chosen to shop at Whole Food, whether I am at home or on vacation, since I can count on the products being well-chosen for quality and health for myself and my family. As a mother, I am deliberately aware of caring for myself and my family in the best way possible...and I am equally aware of the best possible care of others in the world. Good to know that WF sets standards and establishes and maintains social and economic awareness for our own consumption and in response to hunger issues throughout the world. My adult daughters whop at Whole Foods in their home towns as well. It is good to know that this is moving along the generations..and for my grandbaby along the way!!
05/02/2009 12:10:42 PM CDT
trendy00betty says ...
Natures Gate is really inexpensive, sold at whole foods. They have a ton of diff sunscreens that are organic, paraben-free, and certified organic. Different varieties for kids and face, etc. or google their web site.
05/04/2009 10:50:05 AM CDT
hsiaw says ...
@trendy00betty The ingredients that we should look for in sunscreens are those that protect us from both UVA and UVB rays. They are called broad-spectrum sunscreens and are often mineral- based. These mineral-based or physical blockers reflect rays from skin with minerals such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide that immediately provide UVB and UVA protection. In addition, look for sunscreens with added plant ingredients. Plant ingredients not only protect, but they nourish and soothe the skin with high levels of nutrient-rich botanicals. Some skin healthy botanicals nourish and protect simultaneously. Plant-based sun protector ingredients include Milk Thistle, Green Tea, Soy, Caffeine, and Carotenoids (carrot oil.)
05/04/2009 3:06:14 PM CDT
Kristina says ...
Juice Beauty also makes a fabulous SPF! It is chemical free is SPF 30! I haven't been able to find one that high in the natural category. Plus, it's up to 95% organic! I love it. It also comes in a light shade that I use as my foundation. I think Juice Beauty is on sales now too!
05/05/2009 10:04:16 PM CDT
Tisa says ...
I'm definitely more careful about chosing natural products now. Thanks! Saw this mentioned here - http://the-coveted.com
05/20/2009 1:55:38 PM CDT
Diane Kleiman says ...
I have always been a makeup and skincare junkie as well as a self proclaimed fashionista. I peruse many of the beauty magazines and blogs to always be up to date on what's on the market and I seem to be on a never ending quest to find my own fountain of youth. Although I feel like I'm right out of college, the fact is I'm approaching 50. I've learned that many make ups can sometimes be very damaging to the skin in the long term. I have heard many stories of the wonders of mineral makeup and this video was quite informative. Especially in these days of financial hardship, it's difficult to continually spend vast sums of money just to try a product once and never use it again. I'd love to win this giveaway because it would give me the opportunity to finally try products that not only look fabulous, but also prove beneficial to my skin. If I want to be fabulous forever, then I must start taking a more gentle approach to my skincare needs. Winning this giveaway would be a wonderful start.
05/30/2009 1:51:34 PM CDT
Lisa says ...
Nature's Gate is a great brand and the sunscreens work really well.
05/11/2009 10:21:42 AM CDT
Deborah Anderson says ...
I've heard so much lately about mineral cosmetics but I have not had the opportunity to try them yet. I'd love to win this!
05/30/2009 1:42:26 PM CDT
Nadia says ...
That was very interesting! I am using so many beauty products and from now on I think I will be checking their ingredients more carefully...
05/30/2009 1:16:48 PM CDT
Jennifer Fitzgibbons says ...
I really enjoyed the podcast and I learned what is fiction and fact when it comes to "natural" cosmetics. I think the podcast was an appropriate length and it kept my interest. This is the first podcast that I've ever listened to and I'm looking forward to listening to more. I can't wait to try your new line of natural cosmetics, Mineral Fusion. It sounds fantastic and I'm really excited that it has the UV Protection and the natural antioxidants as well. I hope I get to try it with the Mineral Fustion Spring Blossom Kit. Good luck with your new line and your future podcasts! Thanks.
05/19/2009 4:36:13 AM CDT
Randy Bailey says ...
Loved the video. Very good information, we all need to know this stuff. mommymandy.com giveaway
05/30/2009 11:33:59 AM CDT
Carol says ...
I love this podcast, and my local Whole Foods adheres to all of the philosophies referred to. I am trying to make everything my family uses and consumes Organic and Natural, and Whole Foods is helping me to do just that.
05/19/2009 6:48:54 AM CDT
nancy y says ...
what great information and reminders to choose natural!
05/19/2009 3:09:48 PM CDT
AutumH says ...
I agree that we definitely need to start looking at the ingredients in our skincare products. Very informative podcast.
05/19/2009 5:33:52 PM CDT
Amy L says ...
This was a very informative podcast. It's good to know about some of the unhealthy ingredients to look for in cosmetics. Thank you, WF for providing this podcast! I read about this podcast on this blog: http://www.girl-woman-beauty-brains-blog.com/
05/19/2009 7:11:30 PM CDT
Marsha Gilbert says ...
It is so difficult to find the time to research every make-up/beauty product. I've learned so much just by listening to the podcast. I've had skin cancer and will not wear makeup without UV protection. Sunscreens are difficult, too. I have been using Origins and am looking for something different. Thanks for the info.
05/19/2009 7:27:24 PM CDT
Naddez says ...
I listened to the podcast, and I was intrigue with the information about the natural makeup and skincare. But more importantly, about the harmful ingredients in sunscreen. http://www.misswhoeveryouare.com sam94son05(at)sbcglobal(dot)net
05/19/2009 7:29:47 PM CDT
Marcy Strahan says ...
THANKS FOR THE PODCAST! IT WAS VERY EDUCATIONAL! KNOWING THAT WHAT WE PUT ON OUR SKIN CAN BE ABSORED INTO THE BODY MAKES ME WANT TO BE MORE CAREFUL & USE MORE NATURAL PRODUCTS.
05/30/2009 11:02:11 AM CDT
Patti Lee says ...
Resubmitting this comment correctly: Love this information and absolutely love Whole foods……as I am approaching my senior years, I am putting myself as the priority as well as taking care of my skin using natural products. Thank you for this article.
05/20/2009 4:14:43 AM CDT
Hillary Fairchild says ...
great podcast, gave me something to think about. I came from “http://the-coveted.com” and I would love to win the make-up. Thanks so much!
05/19/2009 1:12:24 AM CDT

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