Go “Green” with More than Just Your Food… Think About Your Makeup Too!

By on 02/21/2015

harmful makeupThere seems to be an amazing social awakening right now when it comes to scrutinizing the ingredients in our foods. There are so many preservatives, dyes and additives that are unnecessary and actively harming us. The organic, “green” movement is picking up amazing steam and general awareness about how to eat clean and fresh to maximize your health and keep your body toxin free and feeling great has gone mainstream. Companies are noticing and they are making changes, too. With awareness comes change.

Well… why are we just focusing on food?

Can you think of anything else that we are exposed to daily that can also be full of harmful chemicals and other pointless artificial ingredients?

How about makeup?

Research has found that the skin absorbs up to 60% of the chemicals in products that it comes into contact with directly into the bloodstream.

What if I told you there is a good chance that some of the beauty products currently sitting in your makeup bag contain ingredients that are bad for you and harming your health and probably actively contributing to wrinkles and blemishes on your skin?

Well, it’s true.

Just like with most food companies, makeup companies are not all created equal. Many don’t care as much about the quality of their ingredients as they do about bottom line profit. As a result they sell products that contain ingredients you should be avoiding at all costs.

What are these harmful ingredients found in makeup?

Well I’m glad you asked!

  • BHA and BHT – These are used mainly in moisturizers and makeup as preservatives. They are suspected endocrine disruptors (meaning they can produce adverse developmental, reproductive, neurological, and immune effects!) and BHA may cause cancer.
  • Diazolidinyl Urea and DMDM Hydantoin – both Diazolidinyl Urea and DMDM Hydantoin are formaldehyde releasers. Formaldehyde has been shown to potentially induce skin irritations as well as cause dermatitis and in some studies, even cancer.
  • Other formaldehyde-releasing preservatives –  Check your makeup labels for imidazolidinyl urea, methenamine and quarternium-15. These are used in a variety of cosmetics and also slowly release small amounts of formaldehyde.
  • Phthalates – Phthalates are often found in plastics and are also used as solvents, and some types of phthalates have affected the reproductive system of laboratory animals, where they have endocrine-disrupting effects.
  • Parabens – Used in a variety of cosmetics as preservatives. Another endocrine disrupters and may interfere with male reproductive functions.
  • Talc – The main issue with talc is asbestos, and some kinds of talc contain asbestiform fibers and some do not. Case studies have shown an association between asbestiform fibers and the development of mesothelioma. Unless your makeup specifically states that its talc does not contain asbestiform fibers, you should avoid it.
  • Petroleum and Petroleum Derivatives– Petroleum is a crude oil used in some hair products for shine and in some lip balms and moisturizers as a moisture barrier. Petroleum additives are used in everything from shampoo to anti-freeze. These additives can dry the skin, clog pores and cause blemishes. Also, a petroleum product can sometimes be contaminated with something called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, which may cause cancer.

Luckily, just like with the booming organic foods industry, there are now alternatives to cosmetics filled with dangerous and damaging ingredients. The best way to find cosmetics that have your best interest in mind and not their profit is to check their website. Make sure they provide a list if ingredients found in each of their products allowing you to easily know if it contains any harmful ingredients. A great example of this is Kiwifox. This company offers all-natural beauty products that harness the power of real ingredients like kiwi fruit extracts, vitamin C and white tea extracts – nothing artificially created in a lab! Their website clearly states their intentions to provide natural, earth friendly products, and each product has an easily-accessible ingredient list. There are no secrets or hidden harmful ingredients. I especially love the kiwifox eyelash product! This is a great example of a company that is doing the right thing and proving you don’t need such harmful, artificial ingredients to produce great beauty products.


About modernhealthproject

Hi there! This is my little blog project where I am trying to learn more about health, wellness and living a balanced life, while also sharing a bit of my silly side as well. By "silly" I mean sarcastic. And by "a bit" I mean way too much. Sorry about that.♥ - Anna

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