How to Choose Healthy Makeup

I’ve found that one of my favorite rules for choosing makeup is one of the simplest: quality goes a very long way. In my experience, it’s almost always better to forego a lesser-known brand for something that may be a little more expensive but also more established. Why? Established brands such as Clinique, Dior or Elizabeth Arden generally use higher quality ingredients. Of course, all makeup is composed of a variety of chemicals and uses others throughout the manufacturing process, but higher end products tend to use chemicals which are less likely to damage the skin in the long term.

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Simultaneously, higher end products tend to contain higher concentrations of the vitamins and minerals that help with cell growth and protection. Higher quality products also tend to go farther, literally. You may find that, over time, you’re spending less by buying a better product that you need to use less of to get the desired effect.

For those who opt to use makeup that is less chemical based, my personal research has shown that the four brands that consistently harvest natural substances to create their products are Physicians Formula, Origins, Burts Bees and Tarte. I am not soliciting the use of only these brands but am only offering alternatives to other lines that may help readers who prefer a more natural type of makeup. As we have discussed in some previous posts, natural makeup lines tend to employ the paraben, sulfate, gluten free substances that some research has shown to be “cleaner” for human skin. Any drawbacks? Some people I have spoken with feel that, while they may be lighter on the skin, the aesthetic effects of some of these lines may be different from the non-natural brands we discussed earlier. Some people even feel that they don’t last as long on the skin, though this also remains an opinion. What are some of your experiences and favorite makeup brands?

dr. uruj kamal

dr. uruj kamal

Dr. Uruj Kamal is Chief Resident of Adult Outpatient Psychiatry at Baystate Medical Center-University of Massachusetts Medical School. A Stony Brook native, she enjoys combining her knowledge of mental health with healthy living. Dr. Kamal has a special interest in outpatient adult psychiatry.