Dare to BE Organic


Photography by One Happy Story
 Would you dare to do a photo shoot with hardly any makeup on and ORGANIC for that matter? It's a scary feeling and a 360 degree lifestyle change. BUT I DARE YOU.

Now I am not a beauty expert. But my face has been religiously touched by my derma for almost 15 years ('till I stopped recently). And I've been loyal to MAC for 13 years. So you could probably just imagine how difficult it was to change my ways all of a sudden.

For our Second-Year Wedding Anniversary shoot (which I'll be blogging more on separately), I decided on a concept that was more grounded and real. It was going to be natural and organic looking. And if it meant being bold enough not to have too much makeup/coverage on, then it was a risk I was willing to take.

For this look, there were ABSOLUTELY NO NON-ORGANIC beauty/makeup product used. Just the new beauty regimen I've recently started (Human Nature's 4-step moisturizing beauty routine), and a couple of my trusty non-toxic makeup products:


From L-R:

Human Nature's Purifying Facial Scrub ( "Salicylic acid, one of the most common ingredients found in many chemical facial scrubs may have harmful effects on your brain, nervous and reproductive system and can act as a skin irritant and penetration enhancer allowing other harmful chemicals to penetrate deeper into the skin. Because of this, its use is restricted in Canadian and Japanese cosmetics. So why use it in yours?" -- humanheartnature.com)

Human Nature's Balancing Face Toner ("This helps you stay away from alcohol-based toners that can dry your skin leading to premature skin ageing." --humanheartnature.com)

Human Nature's Day & Night Moisturizing Fluid
(" Most chemical moisturizers contain petroleum by-product ingredients like silicone, dimethicone, and other products ending in “-one” to make the skin’s surface feel soft, smooth and silky. Known as feel modifiers, these ingredients sit in a layer on top of your skin keeping the moisture in but at the same time, clogging your pores and trapping in sebum, dirt and bacteria, thus causing breakouts and allergic reactions. It’s like applying a layer of plastic wrap on your face and not allowing your skin to breathe!" -- humanheartnature.com)

Human Nature's Sunflower Beauty Oil ("Mineral oil, commonly used in personal care products, can actually clog pores. It works by sitting on the skin’s surface, thus blocking pores and impeding the skin’s ability to release toxins. It also dries skin and speeds up premature skin ageing." -- humanheartnature.com)

Muji's Makeup Base ("Some of the most common ingredients in makeup are also some of the most harmful to the body, causing a range of problems from skin irritation to a higher risk of birth defects." Read more: How to Find Non-Toxic Makeup | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_2110825_find-nontoxic-makeup.html#ixzz2Mv0KSpPH)

Human Nature's Mineral Foundation / Mineral Powder / Eyeshadow Set / and Muji's Pearl Blush ("Talc is commonly found in most foundations and other cosmetic powders and can be contaminated with asbestos fibers, posing risks for respiratory toxicity and cancer. It has been strongly linked to ovarian cancer, which has become the fourth most common fatal cancer in women." -- humanheartnature.com) 

Muji's Mascara -- HOW TOXIC ARE NON-ORGANIC MASCARAS? VERY. HERE ARE THE INGREDIENTS: PEG-10 Dimethicone and laureth-12: (Endocrine disruption, identified as a probable human carcinogen by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA));
Alcohol Denatured (Cancer, Developmental/reproductive toxicity, Organ system toxicity);Phenoxyethanol and Potassium hydroxide (Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), eye irritation) -- and the list goes ON AND ON.

Human Nature's Hydrating Mineral Lipstick ("Carmine, an ingredient commonly used in lipsticks to achieve the bright pink and red pigments, is derived from the crushed bodies of the female cochineal insects. The very thought of applying crushed insects on your lips is simply… mortifying!" --humanheartnature.com)

 Some misconceptions and what you need to know about going organic:



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1. It is NOT, and I mean N-O-T more expensive to go organic. At least, it doesn't have to be. This is the biggest misconception ever told about organic products. Organic products are more cost efficient. Plus, they have long-term effects which helps your overall health the more you use them. Synthetic products/services on the other hand, looks good NOW but as you prolong your usage, the more you age.

In terms of costs, imagine the amount I've had to pay my derma for 15 years for cleaning + the products (not to mention the carbon footprint just to go there). Imagine the cost of my 4-step beauty regimen in Human Nature? It costs 2,000 bucks for 6 products w/c I only have to apply at home and it lasts for 3 months! Plus, it's good for the environment, your mind, your body, and soul.

Now how much are MAC makeup stuff? Thousands upon thousands of pesos I tell you. And what price do you pay just to have the extreme coverage? The intoxication of your pores, that's what.

2. Unless you are directly allergic to food/herbs mostly found in organic products (example: berries, aloe vera, etc.), you technically won't have any allergic reactions to it. If you do get some allergic reactions, it doesn't mean it's not good for you. In fact, it means your body/face has been sooooo used to synthetic products that it can't even stand being exposed to natural products--how sad is that, really? So what you do is, you gradually introduce natural/organic unto your system. Meaning, just use pea-sized amounts (or maybe less), 'till your face gets used to it and 'remembers' what it feels to be exposed to something natural.

3. They are not also necessarily as ineffective or crude as some would have you believe. Truth is, the more 'perfect' your makeup/beauty product seems to be, the more synthetic or chemically infested it is. Life should be natural. Life is organic. Deal with it. Yes it's true that an organic-based foundation may not have you looking like an airbrushed model as compared to the famous brands out there but it doesn't mean it's an inferior product. In fact, it makes it superior because it means it's not harming your face long-term-wise.


And there you have it folks. This is actually just a "side-feature" to the story about the Anniversary Shoot. I just thought I'd share and hopefully encourage everyone to be rebellious about synthetic beauty products. Go Organic. Save not just your own health, but also the planet. 

#LoveOrganic
#GOGREEN

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