2

votes

How do I get Female Friends/Family off Harmful "Beauty" Products?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 17, 2010 at 12:33 PM

Sodium laurel sulfate

Parabens

Carcinogens

Good reads, articles, elevator pitch?

I want to get my friends and loved ones on healthy outside now not just inside

1f70da0b737e9c6e7679a248f4228a01

on August 18, 2010
at 03:18 AM

That's exactly what I was going to say - make-up is expensive, so to be told you need to ditch everything and use a healthier alternative is grim! I helped my Mum switch by buying her some miessence products, as well as being a model for the products - no more acne (even if I sleep in the make-up!), the same coverage for our rosy noses, etc. I also showed her how to buy online so that you end up spending less than you would on cheaper, conventional cosmetics. Win!

7b5db799c33535bbefd7dcf7ffff42f6

on August 18, 2010
at 12:38 AM

As a female who is very appearance conscious, my main motivator to stear clear of "beauty" products is that it burdens the kidneys/livers. Lotions especially just had detoxifying burdons, and i beleive contribute to cellulite. However, my vice is somewhat natural self-tanner.

C8521a858edd480815a55f683afff86a

(2065)

on August 17, 2010
at 04:35 PM

You're definitely not the only one! I'm a strange combination of low maintenance and glamorous. I love some red lips, but I make my own lip color using olive oil and iron oxide red. I barely wash my hair, but I love "fixing it", especially in 40's styles. (which conveniently enough is much easier with dirty hair) Cat-eye liner- I use a liner brush dipped in black iron oxide. Just b/c we eat like we live in a cave doesn't mean we have to look like we do ;)

1471beca8e3adff4ae2f89d10e5f7acb

(6550)

on August 17, 2010
at 03:58 PM

Thanks for this. A lot of my persona is wrapped around a retro pin-up look and it's been hard reconciling my deep love for red lipstick, cat-eye liner, and high heels with what I know to be healthful. It's good to know I'm not the only girl primping in the cave. ;)

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22913)

on August 17, 2010
at 03:40 PM

Resource suggestions?

5841391284e7af8c495c54bd90d3a795

(2764)

on August 17, 2010
at 02:47 PM

You may have to suggest alternatives. How much research are you willing to do?

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on August 17, 2010
at 01:26 PM

You have to do it in a way that they don't think you know they use the stuff :)

Frontpage book

Get FREE instant access to our Paleo For Beginners Guide & 15 FREE Recipes!

4 Answers

6
A89f9751a97c3082802dc0bcbe4e9208

(13978)

on August 17, 2010
at 03:20 PM

Whenever you know for sure that they're not wearing any makeup, regale them with complements about how beautiful they look. And when you know for sure that they are wearing makeup, don't say anything.

3
C8521a858edd480815a55f683afff86a

(2065)

on August 17, 2010
at 04:23 PM

I agree with those that say you may need to provide them with more detailed info and studies about the ingredients in beauty products. Try these sites:

http://www.safecosmetics.org/index

http://www.ewg.org/

Explain to them that drugstore products are all petroleum by-products and many of their ingredients were originally used for industry- things like machine lubrication. They are not appropriate for human skin! Also explain that the cosmetic industry is unregulated. There is no FDA equivalent for cosmetics, this is why so many poisons end up in them- the waste products of industry. No woman wants to think they are slathering industrial waste on their bodies and faces.

If they're not really interested or don't believe in the negative health effects of their products then try to appeal to their vanity- this has worked for me converting my skeptical sister. Explain that petroleum based products coat the skin and don't allow for the skin to breathe properly. They also lead to dehydrated skin b/c the skin can't absorb moisture from the air when coated with silicone and mineral oil. This encourages premature aging and wrinkles. Tell them that real ingredients-natural oils, aloe, honey, etc. all nourish the skin and "feed" it the moisture it wants. A woman who loves her beauty products is unlikely to stop using any, so they must be replaced with different ones. Tell them that by using things like coconut oil and olive oil instead of lotion, they will end up with healthier, nicer skin. Tell them that drugstore soaps and body wash aren't true soaps- they are detergents, another product created originally for industry that strip their skin of youth protecting oils. Buy them some Dr. Bronners or other true soaps and explain that they are the gentlest cleanser you can use. Buy them a natural beauty recipe book, their are tons out there. Don't tell them they can't use makeup or beauty products- they probably won't respond well!

This website has great natural cosmetics and a very high standard for what they will carry.

http://www.purebodysolutions.com/

Good Luck!

3
62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

(20807)

on August 17, 2010
at 03:43 PM

Find healthier replacements. Do the research yourself and buy the products for them. If they like the products just as much and think they are healthier, then they will probably use them. But it works better if you make it more convenient for them. You may not want to make everything into a giant sales pitch though. Just let em try it and say you bought this for them because you love them. Keep it positive instead of nagging.

Help them understand that many/most men like more natural looking women. Most of the men I know like a more natural look to their women, especially when it comes to skin makeup. MOst men do not seem to like a lot of artificial scent either.

Healthwise, help them think about how natural skin oils are the healthiest beauty treatment. How many of us have better skin because we found out its better not to strip the natural skin oils and dry out our skin? THe proof is in the pudding. I keep doing it because my skin is in better shape and I look better. I also like that it is healthy, but nothing speaks louder than something that actually works to improve skin and doesn't cost a lot.

Help them think about why the marketing companies would want to tell us things that will help them instead of things that are truth and would help us for free or cheap. They are in it to make money and therefore would rather charge us more for expensive chemicals than to admit that old fashioned methods not only work better but are cheaper. For instance, cleaning with pine oil cleaner smells nice, works great, and does not cause a big allergic reaction in my mother like the chemical based cleaners do. Plus pine oil is much cheaper and I don't have to worry about my pets getting sick from toxic poisons should they get into it. -Eva

1f70da0b737e9c6e7679a248f4228a01

on August 18, 2010
at 03:18 AM

That's exactly what I was going to say - make-up is expensive, so to be told you need to ditch everything and use a healthier alternative is grim! I helped my Mum switch by buying her some miessence products, as well as being a model for the products - no more acne (even if I sleep in the make-up!), the same coverage for our rosy noses, etc. I also showed her how to buy online so that you end up spending less than you would on cheaper, conventional cosmetics. Win!

2
D67e7b481854b02110d5a5b21d6789b1

on August 17, 2010
at 03:51 PM

If they are really "girly girls" like me, you will have to ease them into more natural products slowly. I totally "get" the eating paleo lifestyle, but asking me to quit shampooing my hair? That was something I was not willing to do at first. I finally stopped using shampoo when i had exhausted all types/brands/medications and my scalp irritation wouldn't decrease. Blogs were a good resource to ease me into using baking soda instead of shampoo, and when I saw the results i was intrigued with researching more natural solutions. I don't think I can give up makeup, but I have been wearing less, looking for natural products, washing my face as soon as I get home, and no-makeup weekends. It could be more helpful to show them some information resources that might help solve a beauty problem that they may have using a natural approach rather than just discussing the negative effects of chemicals and asking them to eliminate a product/routine that they enjoy. Frame your suggestions from a healing viewpoint instead of a discouraging one.

high heels are a different story :) i will just have to continue to compromise by taking my shoes off at my desk during the day, and going barefoot at home. I feel accomplished knowing that I have improved my health by making changes where I can and I don't beat myself up because I am not 100% natural in every area.

1471beca8e3adff4ae2f89d10e5f7acb

(6550)

on August 17, 2010
at 03:58 PM

Thanks for this. A lot of my persona is wrapped around a retro pin-up look and it's been hard reconciling my deep love for red lipstick, cat-eye liner, and high heels with what I know to be healthful. It's good to know I'm not the only girl primping in the cave. ;)

C8521a858edd480815a55f683afff86a

(2065)

on August 17, 2010
at 04:35 PM

You're definitely not the only one! I'm a strange combination of low maintenance and glamorous. I love some red lips, but I make my own lip color using olive oil and iron oxide red. I barely wash my hair, but I love "fixing it", especially in 40's styles. (which conveniently enough is much easier with dirty hair) Cat-eye liner- I use a liner brush dipped in black iron oxide. Just b/c we eat like we live in a cave doesn't mean we have to look like we do ;)

Answer Question


Get FREE instant access to our
Paleo For Beginners Guide & 15 FREE Recipes!