Thursday, August 22, 2013

Interview with The Numinous



If you’re reading this blog, chances are you give a shit about what goes into your body – nothing very numinous about clogging your third chakra with dirty dairy, and all that sodium fluoride in the tap water calcifying your third eye. And so you’ll sometimes find us posting about natural, chemical-free beauty products. Because sometimes, it’s what’s on the outside that counts.

Rebecca Casciano is a professional make-up artist who specialises in educating people on green beauty, and recently, along with holistic happiness coach Jennifer Kass and life-stylist and Numinous contributor Raquel Griffin, she hosted a Mind, Body, Beauty event in NYC to get into the fact that how we look and how we feel are totally interwoven.

By way of introduction, we got Rebecca to give us the basics on what it means to green your beauty regime.

SO WHAT DOES IT EVEN MATTER WHAT’S IN MY BEAUTY PRODUCTS?
"Number 1) Your health. The skin can absorb up to 70% of what we apply to it. In the US, that means thousands of ingredients used in cosmetics that have not been tested for long-term safety. Studies show that many of these ingredients have cumulative effects that can contribute to a range of health issues such as cancer, infertility, skin issues and much more.  2) Your appearance. You use cosmetics to look good, right? But if they contain a lot of synthetic chemical ingredients, they’re not doing us any favours in the long run. Natural, plant-based ingredients are just so much more nourishing and will help maintain prettier hair, skin and nails as we age. 3) Mamma Earth. The products we use each day end up affecting our our soil, air and water. We wash the chemicals we use back into the water supply, adding to the toxic burden.”

HOW DOES THIS RELATE TO ME BEING A SPIRITUAL BABE?
“Because it’s about making conscious choices about how we care for our body temple and the world we live in. Spirituality is holistic, and by adopting an eco-conscious lifestyle, you are honouring the Earth in a powerful way. If you believe everything is connected, then seeking to live in ways that are aligned with nature is a spiritual practice we can all benefit from.

SO WHAT ARE THE MSG AND HFCS OF THE BEAUTY WORLD?
Look out for parabens (methylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben), ‘fragrance’ and sodium laureth sulfate (SLS). Parabens are a common preservative that have been found to disrupt estrogen levels and promote breast cancer. The word ‘fragrance’ usually denotes the use of hundreds of synthetic ingredients including pthalates, which have been linked to lung, reproductive and kidney damage. SLS (yeah, funny name for that hotel in Miami…) is a foaming agent that helps products such as shampoos and body washes suds up and break down oil and dirt. Unfortunately, it’s also a penetration enhancer, which means it can allow for more synthetic chemicals to be absorbed into the skin and bloodstream.”

WHAT’S THE ONE THING YOU WISH EVERYBODY KNEW ABOUT NATURAL BEAUTY?
That we don’t have to compromise luxury, style or most importantly, our health, to be beautiful! I have discovered awesome brands that are really committed to making products that are gorgeous, safe and effective. As both a makeup artist and long-time makeup wearer, I can honestly say I am really happy with the alternatives I have found.”

Hmmm, not convinced? Now it’s time to put Rebecca’s theory to the test, and have her find chic, do-what-they-say-on-the-box alternatives to one real girl’s beauty product line up. 

Click here to visit The Numinous  for my eco-fab recommendations and email me to Green Your Beauty Routine!

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