The Top 3 Organic Foundation Questions Every Woman Needs To Ask

woman applying a creamy, natural foundationIf you’re like most women, finding the perfect foundation for flawless-looking skin can be a challenge. Color, coverage and skin type compatibility are just a few of the issues you have to deal with. It becomes more difficult yet when you decide to go organic. You face all of the same problems as before, plus a few extras.

Unfortunately, most beauty and skincare companies aren’t much help when it comes to choosing natural and organic foundation formulas. Their job is to convince you to buy their products, even if they’re not exactly what you’re looking for. Their attempt at education involves teaching you what they want you to know – and not much else.

With so much “junk” information out there, it’s difficult to sort through the hype and figure out which makeup options offer real natural and organic ingredients that help your skin rather than harm it. If you’re tired of wondering what’s fact vs. fiction, this article can help. Keep reading for answers to the top 3 questions most women have about organic makeup bases.

Question #1: What Is Natural, Organic Foundation?

100% natural sealThis question is important because there’s a lot of confusion over what it means to be natural and/or organic. One of the main problems is there are so many different certification labels and they all follow a different set of rules. Some argue that even when a product carries an organic seal it offers the consumer little more than a false sense of security.

Looking for certification is a good start, but it’s also important to read ingredient labels. Sometimes you can find very good products that use completely natural and safe ingredients – even though they choose not to pay for certified status. When you read labels, noticing what’s not included in the formula is often the most important part.

Parabens, synthetic fragrances, artificial colors and harmful chemicals have no place in a quality skin product. Although it’s the subject of much debate, it does seem that the skin is capable of absorbing both helpful and harmful ingredients. If you apply toxins to your skin, expect that some of them will get absorbed into your body. Because foundation sits directly on the skin for hours at a time, it makes sense to go as natural as possible.

Question #2: Do Organic Makeup Formulas Actually Work?

creamy foundation for dry to normal or aging skinThis is the question everyone asks when they first think about switching to organic makeup. It’s a great question, but the answer is simple. Just like conventional make-up brands, some of them work extremely well and others don’t.

A lot of it depends on your skin type and what you’re looking for. Finding the right natural base is a matter of personal preference mixed with a bit of experimentation. You’ll find a variety of formula types and shades along with different choices for particular skin issues.

Those with acne-prone or oily skin will likely choose a powder or water-based product while dry skin types may find that an anti-aging formula works best. Whatever skin type you have, rest assured that today’s organic formulas work well – every bit as well as their mainstream counterparts (and they often work much better).

Question #3: If I Want To Go Natural, Are Minerals My Only Option?

In the past, mineral makeup was the obvious choice for health-conscious consumers. Brands such as “Bare Minerals” raised awareness with their TV infomercials. While this was a great step forward for natural beauty trends, not all mineral foundations are perfect and many contain potentially dangerous ingredients, especially if they are accidentally inhaled during the application process.

makeup creams, powders and brushesFortunately, loose minerals are not the only way to use natural and organic foundation. Today there are liquid formulas that provide light to full coverage. Lighter options often come in the form of tinted moisturizers. Creamy, full-coverage foundations made from all-natural ingredients are also available. Pressed minerals are also available in compact form for touch-ups and light, natural coverage.

Although it can be tricky to find the right natural foundation your first time out, it’s well worth taking the time to try different products. Some online retailers offer sample sizes for sale which allows you to try the various options in a cost effective manner. Retail shops typically have tester bottles available as well. Or you can do what I do – order a shade that’s similar to the one you’re currently using and it will probably work fine.

Are You Ready To Make The Switch?

Once you understand the facts about organic and natural foundation you can move forward with confidence – and going through these 3 questions is a fantastic start. But what’s really important now is that you explore your options and choose a product to try out – the health and beauty of your skin depends on it!

By the way, if you need some guidance on choosing an organic foundation brand, check out this listing of natural and organic makeup brands. It’s updated regularly and serves as a favorite resource for our readers.

Lavera All-Natural Makeup

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