Reading this article is very eye-opening about what cosmetics are really made of. It makes you not want to even put them on your face and body. The alternative is to use cosmetic products that are vegan, natural, and organic.
In contrast to the raw materials used to make most commercial cosmetic products, natural products are made of materials such as minerals, fruit oils, and natural colors derived from plants. These products work great, and are less likely to cause skin irritations and pimple break outs. Though natural products may be a bit more expensive than traditional cosmetics, they are worth the cost in my opinion.
The only thing you have to be careful about when buying natural products is to make sure that they truly are natural. Some companies use the word natural as a marketing tool, just like the article mentions. The words vegan and organic are two terms to look for on the packaging of natural cosmetic products. Also, a good rule of thumb is to avoid products with ingredients you can't pronounce. Truly natural cosmetics will have a simple ingredient list.