How to Look After Your Precious Eyes - Naturally
Your eyes, and the skin around your eyes, is the most sensitive and delicate area of your face. In fact, your eyes can be easily harmed by makeup as they are extremely vulnerable to toxins. To protect the windows to your soul, make sure you know what is in your eyeshadows and what to look for when purchasing new and natural shades.
Common Harmful Ingredients in Eyeshadows
While many health experts and scientific studies have insisted that talc is safe to use, it is still possible for talc to be contaminated with asbestos fibres. Even talc that is asbestos-free is likely to be toxic and carcinogenic, as it can still contain magnesium silicate or tremolite, which are highly irritating when inhaled. If you want to avoid talc altogether, there are plenty of talc-free eyeshadow alternatives!
This ingredient may contain the toxic contaminant, 1,4-dioxane, a by-product found in thousands of cosmetics. 1,4-dioxane is linked to organ toxicity and is already banned in Canada. The problem is that this ingredient is never listed on packaging because it is merely a by-product. So, if you want to avoid 1,4-dioxane, avoid polyethylene!
The type of silica found in commercial eyeshadows can deeply affect the lungs when inhaled. While mostly impacting the workers who make cosmetics, causing severe lung disease in many work settings, it is still unknown whether silica can cause similar harm to us through our cosmetics.
Ever wonder how your eyeshadow creates such a silky effect without creasing? Well, this is usually a result of dimethicone. This ingredient is silicon-based and acts as a conditioning agent, water repellent, and fills in all the fine lines around your eyes. While dimethicone is loved in the cosmetics industry as it is shown to protect the skin from irritation and can prevent skin infections, its coating abilities could actually work to prevent skin from breathing, trapping bacteria and sebum underneath.
Titanium dioxide is safe to use when in cream form. However, when in powder form such as in eyeshadows, this ingredient can be harmful. Titanium dioxide is irritating for the lungs if inhaled. To avoid irritation, be sure to apply your eyeshadow by pressing your brush rather than dusting your eyeshadow in to the air.
Carmine is a common pigment used in eyeshadows and other cosmetics, such as lipstick and blush. While this colour is not specifically harmful to your body, it is actually made from the South American cochineal beetle. In fact, it is reported that more than 70,000 cochineal beetles are crushed in order to produce just 450 grams of red dye. However, for some people, this ingredient can be very dangerous. There have been many cases of allergic reaction reported in relation to this beetle. So, if you get puffy or irritated skin after using red pigmented cosmetics, it might be best to find a safer alternative to this ingredient!
Safe Eyeshadows that we Love
INIKA organic has a wide range of eyeshadows that are richly pigmented and contain pure and safe ingredients. With three types of eyeshadows including pressed, loose natural mineral, and cream products, there is a texture to suit everybody.
INIKA acknowledges the use of heavy metals and titanium in their eyeshadows. This is because heavy metals occur naturally in the earth and are expected in natural pigments and ingredients. INIKA always tests their products to ensure the levels of heavy metals are within the safety guidelines set by the FDA. INIKA only chooses ingredients that they are certain cause no harm.
As a Truth in Beauty brand, with all their eyeshadows certified cruelty-free and certified vegan, INIKA promises only the purest products that will actually do their job!
As the perfect handbag addition, INIKA’s pressed eyeshadows are highly pigmented and deliver on long-lasting performance. Containing fatty-acid rich cocoa seed butter, these shades fight free radicals while also working to hydrate your lids. With all seven shade combinations available at Ever Natural, INIKA makes it easy to enhance the shade and shape of your eye makeup.
If you’re more of a loose powder kind of person, INIKA’s mineral eyeshadows are for you! As multi-purpose products, these shadows can be used wet or dry, as eyeshadow or eyeliner. Best of all, you can choose from eight earthy, opulent tones that can be used on even the most sensitive eyes.
These cream eyeshadows are OFC certified organic, are a perfect crease-free eyeshadow base, and are ideal for adding a subtle glimmer to your lids. Available in a rosy pink cloud shade or a golden champagne tone, these eyeshadows softly illuminate your eyes and create a real luxury sheen. Containing anti-ageing and healing aloe vera, moisturising and skin strengthening shea butter, and rejuvenating avocado oil, these creamy shadows are packed with organic goodness.