Nowadays, cosmetics have a long list of ingredients ending in words like “-oxide” and “-amine". Unlike food, the FDA does not regulate the contents of cosmetic products whereas in Europe, the EU created a cosmetic ingredients database in order to ensure the highest level of consumer safety.
Certain ingredients have been linked to cancer, organ failure and birth defects. When reading cosmetics labels make sure to avoid the following ingredients:
This chemical has been shown to cause reproductive problems and endocrine disruption, and there is evidence it could cause cancer. It is most often found in your conditioner, shampoo, hair gel, or facial moisturizer (Hampton 2013).
This chemical is the soft, mineral oil jelly used in lip balms and lipsticks. Petrolatum, which is also used for gasoline, is the grease in a balm that helps your lips feel moist. However, this chemical interferes with the body’s natural ability to create moisture and it will cause dryness in the long term, which is the reason that makes you use more of it (Environmental Working Group 2013).
Parabens are synthetic chemicals that are used as preservatives to inhibit the growth of bacteria, molds and yeasts. They are the most commonly used preservatives in makeup in products such as foundation, sunscreen, moisturizers and deodorants. Parabens have been called toxic and said to imitate certain hormones, which can lead to breast cancer. A 2004 study by Dr Phillipa Darbre at the University of Reading found evidence of parabens in breast tumors.
Imidazolidinyl Urea and Diazolidinyl Urea
These preservatives mix easily with water and are often found in water-based cosmetics, such as shampoo, shower gel and hand wash and hypoallergenic products. They have germicide, fungicide and disinfectant properties. The bad news about these popular cosmetic preservatives is that they release formaldehyde, a toxic carcinogen substance linked to eye, nose, and sinus problems and various forms of cancer (Mind Body Green 2012).
This chemical is a synthetic dye that gives makeup its color. On a cosmetic label FD&C will be followed by a color and a number (for example FD&C Orange 1). This synthetic dye contains cancer-causing agents and could lead to breathing problems (Huffington Post 2013).
Phthalates are added to cosmetics to help stabilize fragrance compounds and are widely used in deodorants, hair care, aftershave lotions, skincare, make-up and perfumes. Phthalates may have implications on fertility and increased incidences of asthma and allergies, as well as their impact on the body's hormone system (Bloomberg 2011).
Getting to know the ingredients of your favorite products is a must in order to protect your health and prevent skin irritations or skin reactions. When deciding on a cosmetic purchase, consider if your desired purchase has an organic alternative.
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