Harmful Makeup Ingredients

Harmful Makeup Ingredients

Think about this:

Every time you apply makeup products like lipstick, eyeshadow, foundation, mascara, and more, you could be applying toxic chemicals to just about every part of your face.

The good news:

Finding safe alternatives to your makeup products is easy!

Follow these simple tips to beautify your ingredient list, as well as your face.

1. Read the Labels

Unfortunately, every drugstore brand of makeup contains at least one harmful chemical. Read labels to find out what ingredients your favorite products have. A few red flag ingredients that are harmful to your health are:

  • Parabens
  • Phathalates
  • Sulfates
  • Benzophenones
  • Petrolatum
  • Isobutane
  • Triclosan
  • Toluene

These ingredients have been linked to serious medical issues, such as cancers, skin irritation, hormone disruption, lead poisoning, thyroid damage, and more.

2. Look it Up

It is almost impossible to memorize all harmful ingredients. Luckily, there are websites that rate your products and give you the scoop on their ingredients. Check out the Skin Deep database and the Good Guide to check up on your most-used products.

3. Find Trustworthy Brands

Keep in mind that not all self-proclaimed “green,” “natural,” or “non-toxic” brands are actually true to their word. False advertising (labeling a product as natural or organic) is common, as there aren’t regulations for cosmetic companies to use these words – even if the product contains harmful chemicals.

4. Support the Cause

Currently, the FDA has no power to evaluate or approve ingredients before they are added to your makeup. A bill has been introduced to close some of the loopholes regarding how companies list their ingredients. To support the passing, go to Campaign for Safe Cosmetics website.

The bottom line:

Check the ingredients on your makeup.

You might be surprised how many harmful chemicals you can avoid putting on your face just by reading the label!