Makeup may help you feel more confident by covering imperfections, but what you are putting on your skin is being absorbed into your bloodstream, so you should be aware of the ingredients in the makeup products that you use before you apply them to your face and lips.
Five dangerous chemicals in makeup are listed below to get you started, but there are other harmful ingredients that conventional makeup brands use often, so it is best to stick with brands that use natural ingredients instead.
Parabens have been found to mimic estrogen, and they are found in a variety of makeup products and personal care products. These are some of the most dangerous chemicals in makeup. Their side effects can include the development of cancers like skin cancer and breast cancer. When looking at ingredients labels, just look for the word “paraben,” even if it is a part of a larger name.
2. Aluminum Powder
Eye makeup, in particular, may contain aluminum powder, which is used to provide the color to products like eye shadows. This ingredient is considered a neurotoxin, and it has already been linked with organ system toxicity. Checking ingredients is key, as it can be listed as LB Pigment 5, pigment metal, or aluminum.
Formaldehyde, along with preservatives that end up releasing it, should also be avoided in makeup products, as well as nail polish. These ingredients are linked to cancers and allergic reactions. You may see formaldehyde listed on an ingredients label quite plainly, or you may see it listed as urea, DMDM hydantoin, or quaternium-15.
4. Benzalkonium chloride (BAK)
BAK is a makeup ingredient that is used as a preservative, and it can be found in everything from makeup removers, to mascaras and eyeliners. Research has already found that this ingredient can be damaging to the eyes’ epithelial cells. Are you wondering why manufacturers would include this ingredient in a product that is used on the eyes? So are we! Avoid it by checking labels for its many names, which include guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride, quaternium-15, and benzalkonium chloride.
5. Carbon Black
Yet another ingredient that is commonly found in eye makeup, such as eyebrow shadow, eye shadow, eyeliner, and mascara, is carbon black. This scary ingredient has been linked with organ system toxicity and cancer. Check labels for D&C Black No. 2., furnace black, thermal black, lamp black, channel black, carbon black, and acetylene black.
These dangerous chemicals in makeup should be avoided as much as possible. Be sure to read ingredients labels carefully whenever you purchase makeup so that you can steer clear of these harmful products.