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Is Organic Makeup Really Healthier?

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Organic and natural makeup sales have been increasing, according to the New York Times. Almost all stores ranging from grocery stores to high-end department stores are carrying organic and natural makeup.

New York dermatologist Fredric Brandt, M.D., said in an interview with Good Housekeeping, "natural ingredients can be good for skin. Plant oils and shea and cocoa butters make fantastic moisturizers."

Plant oils, which are made up of relatively simple fatty acids, can be gentler on your skin.

Perry Romanowski, an independent cosmetics chemist explains, "if the formula doesn't contain water, no preservatives are necessary."

But, if moisture seeps into your organic cosmetic, you should throw it out due to possible contamination of bacteria.

Another benefit to organic makeup is that it does not contain pesticides and preservatives. Organic makeup is plant-based. It's often used by people who have very sensitive skin or allergic reactions to regular cosmetics.

However, Seattle dermatologist and author of "The Surgery-Free Makeover" Brandith Irwin, M.D., cautions, "If you have sensitive skin, acne, or rosacea, be wary of products with a lot of plant and flower extracts."

The extracts contain various enzymes, proteins and other compounds that may increase the chance of an allergic reaction on the skin.

One of the major differences between regular and organic makeup is the cost. For example, a Tampa ABC affiliate did some price analysis and found that "the natural makeup [foundation] costs about $50 dollars which is $15 dollars more than average department store brands and five times as much as most drugstore brands."

One disadvantage to organic makeup is that it tends to build up bacteria more easily than regular cosmetics. It is recommended to throw out both organic and regular makeup after six months.

As with food labels, it also important to read cosmetic labels.

Parabens like hydroxybenzoic acid and hydroxybenzoate are among the potentially harmful preservatives in regular makeup. ABC 7 warns consumers to also be on the lookout for variations ending in paraben which include:

• methylparaben

• ethylparaben

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