Full disclosure here: My makeup was one of the last things to go on my quest to be healthy. I mean, I was exercising, eating organic, using water purifiers, running air purifiers, and swapping all of my cleaning products for essential oils for a long time before I ever looked at my makeup bag.
I figured, "Eh. It can't be that bad."
I couldn't have been more wrong.
Your skin is your largest organ. Anything you put on your skin is absorbed directly into your body. And makeup includes some of the scariest chemical concoctions imaginable. It's awful that, as women, we are loading up with hundreds of chemicals every single day by way of our personal products before we ever walk out of our home. The majority of these chemicals have never been tested for safety, yet they are allowed to be placed in products for us to purchase.
It's no wonder that alongside the influx of chemicals into our marketplace there has been rising rates of cancer, autoimmune conditions, brand new diagnoses, and other chronic diseases.
There's many, MANY reasons to makeover your makeup bag but here are ten to get you started.
1. If you use mascara, foundation, sunscreen, or anything that contains a fragrance, you may be exposing yourself to ethanolamines, which have been linked to allergies, skin toxicity, hormone disruption, and inhibited fetal brain development.
2. Chances are, some of your products may contain the carcinogen 1,4 dioxane. Unfortunately, you won’t find this chemical listed on your ingredient list because it’s a byproduct of a processing step called ethoxylation, which is used to reduce skin irritation from petroleum-based products. In addition to causing cancer, 1,4 dioxane is also a skin, lung, and eye irritant.
3. Formaldehyde is used as a preservative in nail polish, eye shadow, mascara, and blush to prevent bacteria growth. Formaldehyde is classified as a carcinogen and is recognized for its irritation of the eyes, nose, throat, and respiratory system. Formaldehyde is banned, or heavily restricted, from cosmetics from other countries such as Japan and Europe.
4. Mineral oils are common in eye shadow, moisturizer, lip gloss, lipstick, blush, and concealer. Mineral oils are classified as a human carcinogen and can target organs including eyes, skin, and respiratory system through inhalation, skin, or eye contact.
5. Heavy Metals may be lurking in your eye shadows and lip products. Depending on the metal, the adverse effect varies but can include cardiovascular, renal, neurological, reproductive, or respiratory issues. Check your labels for the following: D & C Red 6, aluminum starch octenylsuccinate, hydeogenated cottonseed oil, and polyvinyl acetate. If present, your product has heavy metals in them.
6. Silica is used widely in lipstick, lip glass, eye shadow, eye liner, and foundation. It’s been classified as a carcinogen and can also irritate your eyes, skin, and respiratory system.
7. BHT may be found in your concealer to make it last longer but, but it is linked to cancer, hormone disruption, organ system toxicity, developmental and reproductive system toxicity. You may find BHA or BHT on the label.
8. Carbon Black is a dark black powder used in eyeliner, mascara, eye shadow, brow powders, lipstick, blush, and foundation. It’s been linked to cancer and organ system toxicity. You may see it listed on the label as carbon black, D&C black no 2, acetylene black, channel black, furnace black, or thermal black.
9. Polytetrafluoroethylene (Teflon) can be found in your foundation, pressed powder, loose powder, bronzer, blush, eye shadow, mascara, and lip balm. It has been associated with delayed menstruation, later breast development and cancer. An added concern with polytetrafluoroethylene is the contamination with perfluoroctonoic acid (PFOA), which is associated with cancer, breast cancer, reproductive toxicity, and endocrine disruption. Check your labels for these ingredients: PTFE, Ether, DEA-C8-18, Perfluoroalkylethyl Phosphate, Teflon. If present, so is polytetrafluoroethylene.
10. Synthetic fragrances or flavors are found in all types of cosmetics. They can contain any combination of over 3,000 chemicals, including hormone disruptors and allergens. You may find “fragrance” on your label but because the formulas are protected under federal law’s classification of trade secrets, they can remain undisclosed.
Believe me when I tell you that replacing your makeup with safer alternatives worth it. YOU are worth it. As women, we are ALL worth it. I've swapped all of my makeup out for a line that easily has the strictest standards in the industry. I love that they are 100% transparent in what is in their products. And the best part, alongside rigorous safety testing, they're performance tested so they actually WORK. You can learn more and get your hands on these products here.