If you think the FDA is doing a good job regulating our food supply, think again. And you can think of similar issues that go into beauty products. Thousands of chemicals are in cosmetics that are then absorbed into the skin. Cosmetic companies have the freedom to use raw material without any government approval or review which makes it difficult for people to trust what’s safe to use.
Synthetic chemicals can cause skin irritation, and a lot of them are carcinogens, skin penetrators, and endocrine disrupters. While there is an extensive list of dangerous chemicals utilized in makeup, the following is our top 3 to avoid.
These compounds are heavily used in preservatives to prevent any mold, yeast and bacteria growth in many cosmetics and skincare products. While this may sound enticing, think again! Parabens are more than just preservatives. They have an estrogen-mimicking capability that is related to an increase in the risk of breast cancer. How is this proven? The chemicals are retained in the body, and they have been pointed out in biopsy samples found in breast tumors. Where are parabens commonly found? Makeup, body washes, shampoos, facial cleansers, medicine, and food.
This is a small organic alcohol that is known as a skin-conditioning agent. Many would classify it as a penetrator and even a skin irritant. One proven fact, it’s caused hives and dermatitis to many humans, and the effects can start with as little as 2% of propylene glycol concentrations. These ingredients are found in makeup products, sunscreen, moisturizers hair sprays, conditioners, and shampoo.
Alarmingly, sodium lauryl sulfate is found in many cleaning products and personal care. How many? About 90% of them have it. This surfactant is well known to be eye, lung and skin irritants. But that’s not the only reason for its unpopularity. SLS can combine and interact with chemicals to create a carcinogen such as nitrosamines. When this is combined, they can cause serious problems like respiratory and kidney problems. Sadly, you can find these in mascara, cleaners, body wash, acne solutions and shampoos.