Globally, 84 per cent of people describe their skin as being sensitive. While there are a wide host of factors that account for skin condition – from genetics to diet, climate and pollution – the fact is, what we put on our face affects our appearance and health. Perhaps bestselling ‘natural’ cosmetics are even contributing to this seeming rise in skin sensitivity.
For example, many women use makeup with high concentrations of titanium dioxide (a pigment found in paint!) and talc (used to make talcum powder). Titanium dioxide is a carcinogen while talcum powder has been linked to ovarian cancer. Yet, oxides and talc are the base in mineral makeup, which has been touted as a ‘natural’ option.
In addition, petrochemicals (derived from petroleum), parabens (chemicals that mimic oestrogen) and nanoparticles (tiny particles that can penetrate the skin and be absorbed into the body) are also common ingredients in many cosmetics and skincare products.
As someone who has suffered lifelong eczema (and mild, persistent acne throughout my teens), I reached a point where I stopped using makeup altogether. Even popular so-called organic products that were marketed as hypoallergenic, inflamed and caused blemishes on my oily combination skin. Mineral cosmetics, touted as the saviour of those with acne, made my face and neck itch, and look blotchy and raw after washing it off.
So I was intrigued when a friend recommended Zuii Organic, the only certified organic cosmetic range in the entire world in which all of its powder products are made with real flowers. The base of Zuii’s pressed powder foundation, loose powder foundation, eyeshadow and blush is made from the crushed petals of rose, jasmine and chamomile.
I tried Zuii’s foundation and powder and found it didn’t clog my pores or cause flare ups. Its non-comedogenic formulation felt light and smooth on my face. While long lasting with a lovely finish, it was very easy to wash off at the end of the day.
I rode around on my motorbike all day, wearing a helmet without a visor in light rain and even in the tropical heat, it didn’t wash off or smudge one bit. Best of all, it didn’t irritate my skin or make it feel itchy after a full day of wear in humid, windy conditions.
Here are nine reasons to use Zuii’s certified organic flora makeup:
- Zuii’s cosmetics and skincare products are perfect for those who have sensitive skin or prone to acne and breakouts.
- You won’t find any preservatives, petrochemicals, parabens, nanoparticles or other toxic chemicals harmful to your health in a Zuii product.
- It’s cruelty-free and not tested on animals.
- It’s affordable - Zuii liquid foundation costs $44.95 and its powder costs $59.95.
- It has a natural sun protection factor of around 12 (but without the nasty chemicals).
- Its powder products contain a natural blend of essential oils, so it treats your skin as you’re wearing it.
- It’s certified by NASAA (National Association of Sustainable Agriculture, Australia), BDIH & COSMOS (European Certifying Body).
- The products have a lovely floral aroma from its natural ingredients alone, and not from any artificial scents.
- The company makes every effort to ensure its ingredients are sourced ethically under its Organic Certifications.
Vegans will be happy to hear that Zuii has vegan-friendly options too.
Cat is a writer and editor with a special interest in natural skincare and community development. She is currently living the dream — travelling, writing, and volunteering in developing countries. In her spare time, she enjoys wrangling ditties on her out-of-tune ukulele, photography, and freshly brewed coffee.