The supermarket isn’t the only place you should be reading labels.
Inside every woman’s makeup bag is a carefully curated collection of products. But there may be something more sinister lurking within – toxic chemicals.
In recent years, new information has come to light regarding the amount of harmful ingredients in cosmetics, particularly makeup. We all want to live a healthier lifestyle, but giving up on your favorite brands in exchange for non toxic makeup is a big commitment. So before you start throwing out everything in your stash, check the labels for these 6 cosmetic ingredients:
Even though this ingredient brings to mind delicate baby bottoms, it often shows up in cosmetics. Talc sometimes contains known carcinogen asbestos, but even asbestos-free talc is still a no-go. A jury recently ruled that one woman’s ovarian cancer was caused by the talc found in baby powder.
Found in: Eyeshadow, foundation, lipstick, face masks
Check the label for: Talcum powder, cosmetic talc
2. Titanium Dioxide 2
This additive is often used as a UV filter, and we are definitely in the “for” camp when it comes to sun protection. In lotions and creams, it presents a low risk, but in powder form it is considered harmful.
Found in: Sunscreen, pressed and loose powders
Check the label for: Titanium dioxide, TiO2
3. Polytetrafluoroethylene ( a.k.a. Teflon)
That’s right, the same chemical that keeps your food from sticking to the pan might also be in your makeup.
Found in: Foundation, pressed powder, loose powder, bronzer, blush, eye shadow, mascara, lip balm
Check the label for: Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), Polyperfluoromethylisopropyl Ether, DEA-C8-18 Perfluoroalkylethyl Phosphate, Teflon
They embalm dead bodies in this stuff. Enough said.
Found in: Nail polish, nail glue, eyelash glue
Check the label for: Formaldehyde, quaternium-15, DMDM hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea, diazolidinyl urea, polyoxymethylene urea, sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol (bromopol) and glyoxal
5. Carbon Black
Derived from coal tar, this richly-pigmented powder is not something you want to put on or near your body.
Found in: Eyeliner, mascara, eye shadow, lipstick, blush, nail polish
Check the label for: Carbon black, D & C Black No. 2, acetylene black, channel black, furnace black, lamp black, and thermal black
6. Butylated Compounds
Usually used as a preservative, these show up in food and makeup alike and are linked to several health concerns.
Found in: Lip products, hair products, makeup
Check the label for: BHA, BHT
Once you’ve ditched anything questionable in your stash, the EWG safe cosmetics database can help you find chemical free makeup alternatives. Or, try a little DIY! Either way, you’ll be on your way to building a non toxic makeup bag, and future you will be forever grateful.
Thanks for the listing those toxic ingredients. Never known talc is toxic
Thanks for the listing those toxic ingredients. Never known talc is toxic. Thanks alot
Thank you for sharing this truth with us.