Toxic Ingredients To Avoid In Your Makeup + Skincare Products

Toxins in makeup - Are there toxic ingredients in your cosmetics - Pretty Blooming

I don't think anyone will be surprised to hear that some daemonic ingredients are hiding in their beauty products. Well, not that I wasn't suspecting it... I just loved my foundation so much that I was willing to ignore that facts. What about your, beauty? Have ever wondered what is hiding in your makeup? I am here to reveal this for you so keep reading. 

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Do you need to worry about toxic ingredients in cosmetics?

Your skin is your largest organ and will absorb everything that you put on it. It absorbs the good stuff.. and the bad stuff. So regardless of the number of detoxes you do in a month, if you keep smearing your skin in nasty substances, you will keep experiencing the side effects of the toxins.

It turns out that many of these ingredients are carcinogens that can lead to tumors, cause allergic reactions, or are just bad for the environment. I

So let's take a look at some of the most common toxic ingredients in conventional cosmetics: 


  • BHA
  • Parabens
  • Polyethylene/PEGs
  • Fragrance
  • Oxybenzone
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
  • Dibutyl phthalate, Toluene and Formaldehyde
  • Petroleum Distillates
  • Triclosan and triclocarban

The majority of these are destroying the endocrine system and can cause hormonal disbalances, or even lead to developmental and reproductive toxicity. Or worse, infertility. Below you can read where those substances are found and what's the danger of using them:

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BHA

Found in: perfumes, exfoliants

BHA can cause skin depigmentation. It is also classified as “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen.” Studies shows that BHA interferes with the reproductive system development and thyroid hormone levels. It is considered unsafe in EU countries.

Parabens

Found in: shampoos, moisturizers, makeup, personal lubricants, spray tan products, shaving gels

According to FDA, parabens mimic estrogen and their use is linked to skin cancer, breast cancer and decreased sperm count. Unfortunately FDA has not ruled that it is harmful. In EU countires, some parabens are linked to reproductive and developmental disorders and endocrine system disruption. So keep your eyes open for ingredients with the suffix “-paraben”. Instead, look for products labeled paraben-free. 

Polyethylene/PEGs

Found in: makeup, toothpaste, scrubs, body wash, makeup

Those are the tiny plastic beads that we find in face or lip scrubs. Brands ususally use them because they’re gentler on the skin than natural exfoliators like walnut shells. These plastic beads are often contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, which the U.S. government considers a probable human carcinogen. Polyethylene should never be used on open wounds and broken skin as it has been noted as a skin irritant. Moreover, those are harmful for the environment. Polyethylene in cosmetics are not filtered by our sewage systems, which means that they can travel into waterways, where they’re consumed by fish and marine animals.

Fragrance

Found in: shampoos, conditioners, moisturizers, deodorant, lotion, face cream, 

This one could be a hit or miss. Because Federal law doesn’t require companies to list on product labels any of the chemicals in their fragrance mixture, we never know what the 'fragrance' is made of. Recent research from Environmental Working Group and the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics found an average of 14 chemicals in 17 name-brand fragrance products. None of them were listed on the label. I love fragrances (like most women), but knowing that they can contain hormone disruptors and are among the top 5 allergens in the world, makes me think twice before buying products that contain them. My advice? Buy fragrance-free and if you are like me and love scented cosmetic products - infuse them yourself by dripping a few drops of essential oils.

Oxybenzone 

Found in: sunscreens

Did you know that oxybenzone is one of the highest-risk chemicals? It's found in sunscreens. It mimics estrogen in the body, decreases sperm production in animals and is associated with endometriosis in women. What do instead? Opt for sunscreens with titanium oxide, zinc oxide or avobenzene instead.

Related: 5 Factors To Consider When Choosing Sunscreen

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate

Found in: shampoo, body wash, foundation, face wash, mouthwash and toothpaste

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate has been shown to cause or contribute to: disruptions of skin’s natural oil balance, skin irritation, canker sores and eye damage. It is also widely believed to be a major reason for cystic acne around the mouth and chin.

Dibutyl phthalate, Toluene and Formaldehyde

Found in: nail polish and other nail products

These chemicals are also known as the “toxic trio”. They have been linked to endocrine disruption, birth defects, respiratory problem and headaches. It’s advised that pregnant women do not use nail products. Look for brands that have removed these chemicals from their nail polish removers and nail polish products.

Petroleum Distillates

Found in: mascara

Petroleum Distillates are often contaminated with cancer-causing impurities and can cause contact dermatitis. They are produced in oil refineries, together with chemical feed-stocks, automobile fuel and heating oil. Instead look for green-beauty brands like 100% Pure or One Love Organics. 

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Triclosan and triclocarban

Found in: deodorants, toothpaste, antibacterial soap

Triclosan is an antibacterial product that became popular in the 1990s. The FDA confirmes that there is no health benefit to humans who use triclosan, and in 2013 ruled that those manufacturers that use it, need to demonstrate that there were no long-term negatinve effects. Triclosan is found in liquid products, while triclocarban is used in bar soaps. Both have been linked to impaired muscle function, impaired immune function , hormonal disruptions, bacterial resistance and increased allergies. Instead, look for naturally antiseptic and antibacterial antiseptic agents like tea tree essential oil.

How to reverse the trend?

DIY

DIY skin care has become an absolute no brainer for me! Ever since I found out what my health and beauty products contain, I have been extremely conscious about what I buy, what does its label say and is this the best option I can find out there. I still buy makeup, shampoos and anti-aging skin care but I am no longer disappointed if I don't find a clean-beauty brand.

I am confident I can make all my skin care at home. I use essential oils, carrier oils, aloe vera gel, green tea, hibiscus tea and many more to whip up a delicious face mask, cream or serum. Once you join the DIY skin care party, you never want to leave it. 

If you too are a DIY enthusiast, click here to download my free DIY Face Sugar Scrub Guide!


Green Beauty

Besides making your own products, you have the option to purchase the so called Green Beauty skin care and makeup. Among those brands are names like 100% Pure, Clean Beauty, One Love Organics and Au Naturale.

I know from personal experience that once you start learning about toxic ingredients, it’s hard not to want to swap everything by the end of the day. But this can be overwhelming and expensive. You don’t need to do this! You can just start small. When you run out of foundation, get yourself a green version of it. Wait until your mascara runs out and then swap for a new one. Ít took me about 1.5 years to buy all things needed for my DIY projects and to replace my toxic makeup. You can do it too. Just take it one step at a time!

Toxic Ingredients in Makeup & Skincare Products - Conclusion

The cleansers, shampoos, lotions and makeup we put on our bodies can be just as harmful as anything we put in them. Those ingredients are linked to everything from cancer to hormonal disruptions to cancer, what’s most horrifying is that they go directly into your bloodstream when applied to the skin or hair.

So please, beauty, take a minute to check what's in your products. You can use an app called EWG's Healthy Living App. It's an amazing resource to check the ingredients not only of your makeup but also of sunscreens, household cleaners, or food.

I hope the post was helpful for you to determine which products are best for your health. Let me know in the comments below if you have already swapped some your cosmetics for s green-beauty version.

Stay tuned and take skin care! 

- Valeira 💋

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