Just How Toxic is Your Make up?
If you are one of the millions of women who feel their most beautiful while wearing cosmetics, you will want to compare the following list against what’s in your favorite make-up brands. As innocent as make-up might seem, there are a lot of chemicals added to most that can cause illness and increase your toxic load. If you think that government regulations must keep cosmetics safe, think again. Although the FDA does “control” the contents in make-up, they allow many chemicals you would never knowingly put on your skin. Some of these are known carcinogens, pesticides, reproductive toxins and hormone disruptors.
Obviously this is crazy-scary because our skin is our largest organ, and, up to 60% of what we put on that organ is absorbed. While the FDA has authority to test food and drug additives, it is not allowed to test chemicals in cosmetics, require companies to safety-test cosmetics before they hit the stores or even recall cosmetics that have been found to include hazardous chemicals. Oh, the FDA does have guidelines, for all the good it does. But the individual cosmetic companies are solely responsible for adhering to those guidelines.
Still want to run make-up all over your face? Take a look at the short list of hazardous chemicals found in most commercial cosmetics, some of which might be on your face now.
Cobalt, nickel, chromium and lead can all be found in make-up, specifically in eye shadow and lipstick. In one scientific study, 75% of the eye shadows tested had up to 5 parts per million (ppm) of one or more of these heavy metals. Though the amount of lead found in lipstick is considered in the “safe zone” and isn’t absorbed through the skin, you are likely ingesting it since it is around your mouth.
Formaldehyde is a known carcinogenic, and there are many chemicals found in cosmetics that releases it. It is estimated that approximately 20% of all make-up and personal care items manufactured in the U.S. contain formaldehyde-releasing preservatives.
Some compounds, such as Polyethylene glycol (PEG) and the additive Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) are typically listed on cosmetic ingredient labels and are considered safe. However, there is cause for concern because many of the compounds can be easily contaminated by other agents that cause health risks. Such contaminates include ethylene oxide and 1,4-dioxane. It’s important to note also that some PEG compounds increase the amount of other chemicals that are absorbed into the skin. This is a large concern because there are literally thousands of chemicals found in various cosmetics and personal care items. Since the government uses the honor’s system with cosmetic companies, there is no way to determine how many or how much of these toxic chemicals your skin soaks up each time you apply make-up.
If you still want to wear makeup after reading this, there are cosmetic companies that produce safe alternatives to the ones found on your local big box store shelves.
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