Written by: Kanya Shah
Did you know that makeup contains several ingredients that are harmful to you and the environment? It’s true, according to the Environmental Working Group (EWG.org), a nonprofit organization, makeup contains multiple dangerous chemicals that are known for causing skin allergies, acne, and other health issues. With the average person using 9 products a day with 126 different chemical exposures, it’s important to know what you’re dealing with.
What ingredients should you avoid? Parabens, phthalates, lead, triclosan, formaldehyde, and retinoic acid are some of the most common harmful chemicals found in makeup. Parabens, phthalates, and triclosan are endocrine disrupting chemicals that alter the hormone signals in your body. Parabens are makeup preservatives, phthalates help to make up the “fragrance”--a word which covers 3,100 different chemicals on a label, and triclosan is an antibacterial chemical that is no more effective than regular soap and water. Formaldehyde is another preservative that prevents mold growth in cosmetics but is known as a potent carcinogenic allergen. Retinoic acid is commonly found in nail polish and in lotions that can increase your skin cancer risk. Lead is commonly found in paint and plumbing equipment but recent studies have shown that famous lipstick companies have been using lead in the formula used to produce lipstick.
Tips for using healthier makeup:
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