How many times have you read the ingredients on your mascara, if ever? How many of those ingredients have you known without resorting to an online search? You probably haven’t thought about it. With consumers being more conscious than ever about what they put in and onto their bodies, maybe we should take some time to be as picky about what we put on our faces as well.
Here are some things to bear in mind if you’re looking to walk on the mild side.
Keeping eyes healthy
On average, the skin around your eyes is around 3 to 5 times thinner than on the rest of your face. Kindness is key to keeping this delicate area happy, so it’s best to steer clear of harsh ingredients, and to be gentle when cleansing. Ultrabland and 9 to 5 rely on kind but effective ingredients like almond oil and beeswax to gently cleanse without upsetting the natural balance of your skin.
Chances are, if a product has a really long shelf life it contains a lot of preservatives. Preservatives are added to food and cosmetics to slow the growth of bacteria and to keep products safe for longer. Some preservatives may not always sit well on skin of a sensitive nature. Eyes Right mascara is not only gentle with its wheatgrass based formula, it also has only one preservative - making it wonderfully easy on the eyes. And, when you’re done the clean plastic tube can be returned to any Lush store as part of the black pot scheme! Find out more about preservatives here.
Gently does it
If you find that your eyes water or sting when you apply makeup, you’re not the only one. But the search for an eyeliner that’s long lasting and kind to your eyes ends here. With a cooling base of aloe vera gel and conditioning jojoba oil, Lush eyeliners such as Independent are not only gentle on delicate skin, but have staying power, ensuring your flicks stay on fleek all day.
We all love a bit of glitter…
There’s nothing better than a touch of sparkle, but sometimes the lustre we love can be irritating on our eyes. Plastic glitters aren’t only potentially irritating on the skin, they are harmful to the environment. Mica, a naturally occuring sparkly silica compound, is often used as a plastic free alternative but, due to unethical sourcing, has been phased out of Lush products for good. Instead, synthetic mica, a milder alternative, is used in all products that sparkle. This means your eyelids can glimmer all day.
Cosmetics with a soft side
So whether you’re looking for makeup to suit your sensitive skin, or you’re trying to make more conscious cosmetic choices, it isn’t hard to make a change. See the full range of Lush makeup here.