Online you may have come across “before and after pictures” of make up professionals and celebrities. What is striking is how damaged their skin is. Indeed these women wear make up most of the time because of their job but also because they always want to display a perfect physical appearance in front of others. They probably ignore the fact that make up is full of chemical ingredients. I read an article stating that with time these toxic ingredients can cause cancer and fatal illnesses. Some cosmetics even contain chemicals that disrupt the good function of the hormones.
Below is a list of the most commonly used chemicals that we should avoid when buying cosmetics.
1/ Lead Acetate
Lead is a highly toxic metal associated with neurological and organ toxicity. It also can play a role in cancer development.
2/ Mercury compounds
Mercury is a very toxic element that can be absorbed through the skin, which in turn can cause damage to the brain. There is some controversial scientific evidence that links mercury exposure to autism in children.
Triclosan is a compound commonly found in anti-bacterial products such as soap, lotions, and toothpaste. Triclosan overuse in society is thought to be one cause of the increased rise in antibiotic resistant bacteria.
Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen that occurs naturally at low levels, but is commonly used as embalming fluid to preserve bodies after death. Higher levels of this compound can be irritating to the skin and exacerbate asthma. Use products with formaldehyde in a well-ventilated room, and keep them away from children.
Low levels of 1,4-dioxane, a byproduct of chemical manufacturing, are found in many cosmetics. 1,4-dioxane induces cancer in rats, and exceptionally high levels may cause organ damage in humans. Avoiding products with these ingredients: PEG, polyethylene, polyethylene glycol, polyoxyethylene, polyethoxyethylene, and polyoxynolethylene. They may reduce your 1,4-dioxane exposure.
6/ Coal Tar
Coal tar is a known human carcinogen used in dandruff shampoos, hair dyes, and treatments for psoriasis. An exposure to coal tar can increase cancer development but also the sensitivity of your skin to sunlight which can cause sunburns and skin cancer.
Used in anti-dandruff shampoos, hair dyes, and treatments for psoriasis, coal tar is a known human carcinogen. By causing DNA damage, exposure to coal tar can increase the likelihood of cancer development. Coal tar can also increase the sensitivity of your skin to sunlight, increasing your susceptibility to sunburns, and potentially increase your chance for contracting skin cancer.
Dibutylphthalate (DBP), dimethylphthalate (DMP), and diethylphthalate (DEP) belong to a class of chemicals known as phthalates: common cosmetic additives found in hairspray, nail polish, soap, shampoo, and perfume. According to the FDA, phthalate exposure from cosmetics is safe for humans, but others feel exposure may cause health risks, including potential harm to an unborn child.
Parabens were developed to stabilize creams, and they are now used in nearly all skin care products. Recently, researchers have found that there may be a connection between paraben preservatives and both breast cancer and male reproductive problems.
Propylene glycol is an alcohol. It is manufactured synthetically from petroleum or from corn. Propylene glycol, which is used as a wetting agent, is an active ingredient in industrial anti-freeze. It may cause kidney and liver abnormalities and even damage cell membranes.