If you love makeup, you’ll more than likely have a cosmetics bag stuffed to the brim with every type of makeup – some may even be a little older than you’d like to admit.
Makeup does sadly have a shelf life, but many of us tend to ignore this fact. In fact, parabens were introduced into cosmetics in the 1950s to help prolong the usage window of products and today, many of our makeup products still contain parabens which keep mould and bacteria at bay.
This does mean your makeup can be used a fair bit longer, but parabens have been under the “are they safe?” spotlight recently.
Why Avoid Parabens?
Parabens have a bit of a bad rep as it is speculated they may be absorbed through the skin and could possibly be linked to breast cancer and hormonal disruption.
When present in the body, parabens are believed to imitate oestrogen, stimulating cells in the breasts to divide which could potentially result in tumours forming.
There are still tests ongoing as to whether the amount of parabens in our products could be hazardous to our health, but if you are worried, you can choose products which avoid using this ingredient – check out our list below of the best paraben-free makeup in the UK!
Best Paraben-Free Makeup in the UK
1. Green People Volumising Mascara
If you like your lashes to pack some punch, then this volumising mascara from Green People could be right up your street.
Using natural mineral pigments to create a bold black long-lasting colour and natural cellulose microspheres lift and volumize lashes, this mascara should easily replace your usual lash makeup easily.
Green People Volumising Mascara is formulated with vitamin E, sunflower oil and organic beeswax.
Vitamin E is a well-known antioxidant which helps protect hair, improve hair health and helps promote growth.
Your lashes will feel conditioned, look great and shouldn’t smudge throughout your day (beeswax keeps things waterproofed too), so you can look flawless and be paraben-free at the same time!
If you struggle to find makeup due to sensitivities, then Green People makeup might just be what you’re looking for – the natural ingredients are non-irritating, certified organic and are great for sensitive skin.
- 98% natural ingredients
- Natural colour pigment
- Precision brush – easy application
- Available in black and brown
- Certified organic ingredients
- Quite expensive
- May not be completely waterproof
- Volumising properties may be less effective on some
- Brush shape may not suit everyone
2. Green People Enrich & Enhance Lip Primer
This enriching lip primer from Green People is made with sunflower oil to help calm and soothe skin and carnauba wax to help keep your lipstick in place.
Carnauba wax is regularly used in lip products to prevent colour bleeding outside of the intended area.
Priming your lips can help to lock in moisture, nourish your skin and give great results when your lip colour is applied over the top.
Carnauba and beeswax are used to help colour to not fade, so whichever shade of lippy you go for, should stick around for a lot longer before needing to re-apply.
Even if you don’t wear any lip colours, this primer can be used as a lip balm, to keep your smackers soft and moisturised!
- 100% natural ingredients
- 67% organic ingredients
- Hydrates lips
- Locks lip colour in place
- Can help with smoother application of lipsticks
- Relatively expensive
- Some may prefer to only use one product for moisture and colour
3. Madara Moonflower Rose Beige Tinting Fluid
If you need a product to help even out your skin tone, then this tinting fluid from Madara could be the one for you.
With a subtle “rose beige” colouring, this product could be a lighter alternative to foundation – perfect for those who want to reduce the number of products they apply to their skin, or a great choice to take on holiday.
This tinting fluid helps to hydrate the skin and leaves it looking illuminated and fresh for longer.
Although a lighter formula, this tint can help to mask fine lines and imperfections, so would be suited to almost any age.
There is also a Moonflower Golden Beige shade of this tinting fluid available for warmer skin tones.
- Evens out skin tone
- Alternative to foundation
- Could be a good choice for sensitive skin
- Quite pricey
- May take a little while to settle on skin
- Doesn’t contain SPF
- Only available in two shades
4. Revlon PhotoReady Eye Primer and Brightener
This eye primer from Revlon doesn’t have to be limited to the eyes, as it can actually be applied to the rest of the face for instant brightening and smoothing.
This primer helps to reduce the appearance of creases and lines under the eyes, brightening and lifting the complexion and creating a fresh and polished finish.
If you apply the primer on your cupids bow and centre of the lips (under your lip colour), you can create the illusion of fuller lips. Also, applied on under the brow, will create a highlighted effect.
- Relatively inexpensive
- Oil-free & Talc-free
- Smooth creamy consistency
- May not suit dry/sensitive skin
- The applicator may not be super practical
- Not suited to all skin tones
5. Burt’s Bees 100% Natural Lip Shimmer
The ingredients of course contain zero parabens, but are enriched with shea butter and vitamin E, for smooth application and a hydrating effect on your lips.
It’s not just the names and colours that are fruity, each lip shimmer contains nourishing fruit oils as well as invigorating peppermint.
The subtle shimmering effect these lip colours have is provided by the natural glittering properties of mica powder – so there’s no worries about harmful plastics in your lip shimmer.
- 100% natural ingredients
- Lots of colour choice
- Winding mechanism may break easily
- Texture might not suit all
- May not suit sensitive skin
- Colour may not be long-lasting (long-staying)
There are plenty of brands creating paraben-free makeup, so you should be able to get a full face without any worries of the prospective effects that parabens may have on your health.
Of course, there is no hard and fast evidence that says you should completely stop using products with parabens, but if you have concerns, they are easy enough to avoid nowadays!
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