Putting on makeup makes many women feel luxurious. Time to pamper yourself in front of a mirror can help boost confidence. Yet, considering that many cosmetics contain potentially dangerous ingredients, makeup application can actually be detrimental to one’s health. The three most common unhealthy cosmetic ingredients are listed below.
Unsafe Cosmetic Ingredient # 1: Parabens. Cosmetic designers have long loved the ability to extend the shelf life of parabens and protect against decay. Parabens are made in laboratories, and so they were thought to be harmless – until scientists like nuclear biologist Philipa Derbe found connections between parabens and breast tumors. Derbe’s breast cancer findings highlight the fact that up to 60% of breast tumors appear in the part of the breast near the armpits – exactly where parabens enter the skin through deodorants, creams and body sprays. Despite this precautionary evidence, the FDA has found no causal link between parabens and breast cancer, so the department has not banned their inclusion in the products. However, many now avoid parabens, citing concerns that long-term exposure to parabens can be dangerous.
There are other health-related reasons for clarifying parabens. For one thing, people with sensitive skin sometimes experience allergic reactions to parabens. Moreover, some scientists have suggested that parabens may also be associated with developmental and neurological disorders.
To avoid buying products that contain parabens, scan the labels for any ingredients that end up in the parabens – for example, you can find ethylparaben in toothpaste or isobutylpaben in skin creams.
Certain manufacturers now actively avoid parabens. Nux Paris ‘T on Nifik Deodorant is 100% paren-free, for example, Bliss’ Lemon + Sage Body Butter. (In fact, Bliss has promised to eliminate parabens from their entire line.) As far as cosmetics are concerned, BECCA is free of cosmetics’ sheer tint lip color parabens. For those hoping to exfoliate their skin as well, BECCA Cosmetics Compact Concealer is an excellent paren-free choice.
Unsafe Cosmetic Ingredient # 2: Formaldehyde. U.S. According to the National Toxicology Program, formaldehyde is a carcinogenic, although many products still contain it. It is difficult for manufacturers to break the habit of formaldehyde, as this substance and its derivatives inhibit the growth of formal pathogenic bacteria. Hair fortifiers and nail polishes are especially likely to contain formaldehyde or formalin. Still, there are a lot of beauty products available, such as BECCA Cosmetics’ top coat nail polish, which does not contain formaldehyde.
Unsafe Cosmetic Ingredient # 3: Lead. There’s a nasty rumor spreading: lipstick contains lead. Indeed, this is more than a rumor – FDA studies have proven its veracity. Why is this a problem? Because lead is a neurotoxin that is frequently exposed to the body. Increased aggression, decreased IQ, and poor school performance are all linked to exposure to lead. Indeed, you may have heard of lead poisoning through campaigns warning children against lead paint. Still, women around the world apply lead-filled lipstick on a daily basis.
Fortunately, some manufacturers now make lead-free lip products. Rev de Meal Ultra Nourishing Lip Balm from Newx Paris is a great lead-free way to refresh the lips. Instead of parabens, this Nux Paris product contains grapefruit seed oil, which is a natural preservative.
While formaldehyde, parabens and lead are some of the most harmful substances in cosmetics, they are not the only hazardous elements. Women who hope to use products free from unhealthy chemicals must constantly educate themselves on this complex subject.