Makeup in some form has been around for centuries, and in 2012 the global cosmetic industry boasted a revenue of over $245 billion. But does the use of makeup reduce once women have children or does the lifestyle of a new mom mean that makeup habits just have to change? With more individuals embracing organic food items and homemade effective household products, organic makeup has become increasingly popular, especially among pregnant women and new moms looking to ditch the chemicals.
The legal approach to organic cosmetics
Organic refers to how a product has been produced, for example, fruit or vegetables grown fertilizer free or products made without man-made chemicals. Although the Bureau of Food and Drugs (BFAD) must ensure that all cosmetic products are safe for public use, this does not ensure that products sold as organic are in fact organic. Therefore it is important to check the ingredients used in organic makeup and ensure that the product is genuinely organic and doesn’t contain chemicals.
What’s best for new moms?
Having children can greatly change how a woman uses makeup, and factors such as a lack of time and sleep may alter previous habits. Sleep deprivation, which comes hand in hand with babies, affects the skin’s moisture levels and can result in acne, redness and dehydrated skin. In addition, stress, again unfortunately highly probable with new additions, can cause a dull complexion, breakouts or dryness. Therefore it is important to understand skin type and it’s worth assessing this again after birth. It’s also vital to know which products are most suited for each skin type so that the most effective products are being used to enhance the skin. Organic makeup does not contain the chemicals, and potentially man-made scents, that other makeup does so, in theory, should be kinder to the body, but it does depend on each individual.
How to minimize skin problems
Without the ability for new moms to buy bucket loads of sleep at the store to boost their skin, there are some ways new moms can aid skin once the pregnancy glow has disappeared. It’s a personal choice whether or not to choose organic makeup, but whatever the type it is worth checking the lifeline of individual products as all of them will state how long they should be used for, an equivalent sell-by date for cosmetics. Also, it’s important to clean all makeup brushes and applicators as they can hold some nasty bacteria. Makeup brushes which aren’t clean can possess Staphylococcus aureus which may cause skin problems such as cellulitis or boils or may cause serious diseases such as pneumonia.
So what’s the miracle makeup product for new moms everywhere? Unfortunately, there is no magic answer as everyone is different and every woman will react differently physically and mentally to having children. Organic makeup may be for some and not for others, but it’s certainly worth checking the credibility of makeup to check it’s organic properties. It’s about what feels comfortable for each woman and realistically how much time is actually available for applying makeup. There should be no pressure to wear makeup, it should be an individual choice.
Jane has been a freelance writer and editor for many years and her passion is to use her work to help people improve their everyday health and well being. Jane also loves music and travel, but above all her greatest love is simply spending time with her family.