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Is Organic Makeup Really Healthier?

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The Washington Post states that "some critics suspect parabens can interfere with the body’s hormones, most notably reproductive hormones such as estrogen and testosterone. The possible health risks could include chronic diseases, cancers and a host of developmental disorders and fertility problems."

If you decide to purchase organic or natural makeup, the key is to purchase makeup with the "Certified Organic" label. This indicates that the formula is at least 95 percent organic.

Another sign that it is the real deal is that it has a Natural Seal of the Natural Products Association. This means that at least 95 percent of the product's ingredients come from natural sources.

“People should not interpret the U.S.D.A. Organic seal on cosmetics as proof of health benefits or of efficacy,” Joan Shaffer, a department spokeswoman told the New York Times. “The National Organic Program is a marketing program, not a safety program.”

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"Is Natural Makeup worth an Extra $20?" - ABC-7.com WZVN News for Fort Myers, Cape Coral & Naples, Florida. Web. 29 Jan. 2015.
http://www.abc-7.com/story/22718901/is-natural-makeup-worth-an-extra-20

"All Natural Makeup - Organic Makeup." Good Housekeeping. Web. 29 Jan. 2015.
http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/beauty/makeup/all-natural-makeup

"You Natural Beauty." CNN. Cable News Network, Web. 29 Jan. 2015.
http://www.cnn.com/2013/05/24/living/health-natural-beauty/index.html

"Are Makeup and Lotions Harmful? If You're Worried, Avoid Fragrant Products." Washington Post. The Washington Post, Web. 29 Jan. 2015.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/are-parabens-and-phthalates-harmful-in-makeup-and-lotions/2014/08/29/aa7f9d34-2c6f-11e4-994d-202962a9150c_story.html

Singer, Natasha. "Natural, Organic Beauty." The New York Times. The New York Times, 31 Oct. 2007. Web. 29 Jan. 2015.
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/01/fashion/01skin.html?_r=0&adxnnl=1&pagewanted=all&adxnnlx=1422543661-1y0buMsVp/MbTqQLmeRlow

Reviewed January 29, 2015
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jody Smith

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