You do your make-up every day to look good and feel more confident. But, many of us just assume our makeup is safe and non-toxic, which actually couldn’t be further from the truth. A lot of makeup contains toxic ingredients, here are some of the worst offenders to look for on the label:
Found in makeup, moisturizers, and a variety of other personal beauty products. Parabens mimic the effect of estrogen in the body which can lead to a variety of cancers and reproductive problems, as it disrupts the hormonal system of the body. Look for products that say “paraben free” on the label.
Found in body wash, make-up, toothpaste. These are plastic beads found in many exfoliating products that may contain a carcinogen called 1,4-dioxane that easily penetrates the skin. They can also be highly irritating to the skin and cause plastic pollution in our oceans.
- Retinyl palmitate, retinyl acitate, or retinoic acid
Found in moisturizer and many anti-aging products. This is a form of vitamin A, which when exposed to the sun makes it a carcinogen. Therefore, it is best to either avoid these products or use them only at night.
Found in mascara. Petroleum can cause skin irritation and may be contaminated with carcinogens.
Found in a variety of personal beauty products. There is no regulation by law to disclose any of the chemicals in a “fragrance”, therefore it is impossible to know. The Environmental Working Group has evaluated some of these products and found an average of 14 different chemicals including allergens and hormone-disruptors.
Want to learn more about potential harmful ingredients in your make-up and personal care products? Check out the Environmental Working Group’s website dedicated to evaluating the ingredients in a variety of cosmetics.
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Your skin is your largest organ. Treat it kindly, and in turn it will shine for you!