Question: What are you willing to risk when you put a combination of products in or over your body? It’s important to know common makeup ingredients that may be harmful or irritating to your skin. Let’s look at a few:
Propylene Gylcol: This is used in petroleum plastics and the EPA considers this so toxic it requires gloves, clothing and goggles to be around. It needs to be buried to be disposed. This is known to cause brain, liver and kidney abnormalities with contact to the skin. Doesn’t sound like this would be great in a foundation!
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate: This product is used in car washes and garage floor cleaners. It can degrease an engine and get grease off of your face. Most foam personal care products have this element. Even though it may be a great cleanser do you want this near your eyes? It can cause eye damage, depression, labored breathing, diarrhea, skin irritation and death. Umm, let’s pass on this one with our foaming cleanser.
PABA: These are leading ingredients in sunscreen, the stuff that is supposed to help you prevent skin cancer. These are free radicals known to change DNA. They change DNA. Let’s let that sink in a bit and then make sure to buy PABA free sunscreen. Yeah. SCARY….
Imidazolidinyl Urea and Diazolidinyl Urea — These are the most commonly used preservatives to keep products working longer and to keep them fresh. They are well established as a primary cause of contact dermatitis. These chemicals are toxic.
Methyl and Propyl and Butyl and Ethyl Paraben —Another product used to prevent bacterial growth and to keep products clean and long living. All of these are used even though it is KNOWN they are toxic. How terrifying is that? These can cause allergic reactions and skin rashes. Keep away from children… actually check to make sure they are not in your children’s products.
Petrolatum — This is everywhere. Need a lip balm? Might as well be Petrolatum. This is a mineral oil and that can lead to photosensitivity, layman’s terms is sun damage. Next time you hydrate your chapped lips with any product, get this out of your hands. It literally makes your skin worse and more dry. Keep it off your body if you are looking to keep moisturized.
PVP/VA Copolymer — This is another petroleum-derived product that is used in hairsprays and in spray products. It causes lung problems. Each time you wax up that beehive with a couple of sprays, you are hurting your lungs and those around you.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate — This is a product used in shampoos and conditioners for its cleansing abilities. It helps keep things clean. But it is not natural and it does not come from a natural ingredient, like coconut. This is known to be toxic and cause skin rashes and irritations.
Stearalkonium Chloride — This is a chemical used in conditioners to soften hair. It was originally used for fabric softener and still is. This product is just a LOT cheaper than natural ingredients. If you’d like to have softer hair, snuggle up and use fabric softener instead. Or not. Toxic.
Synthetic Colors —.Synthetic colors are believed to be cancer-causing agents. If a cosmetic contains them, don’t use it. This is simple.
Synthetic Fragrances — There can be up to 150 or more ingredients and combinations in these mixes. They have been known to be toxic. Side effects are headaches, dizziness, rash, hyperpigmentation, violent coughing, vomiting, skin irritation by a cosmetic that has the word “Fragrance” on the ingredients label.
Triethanolamine —This helps adjust the PH balance of any ingredient or mix. It’s used for balance amongst non-natural cosmetics. This causes allergic reactions including eye problems, dryness of hair and skin, and could be toxic. Are you willing to take the chance?
By now, you’re thinking “Great, might as well forget makeup altogether.” Keep in mind, these chemicals are common in makeup and skin products. Will they kill you? Highly unlikely. Are they good for you? No. Just be aware of what is in the products you use!