Makeup — women use it, actors use it, even news anchors use it, but how many makeup-users actually know what they’re putting on their faces? When I was little, I was excited when I got a Barbie makeup set. There were all these neat colors and a special sponge-tipped brush to apply it. I had no idea what kinds of things I could be putting on my face; most people don’t.
You might be asking yourself, “What’s so bad in makeup? I’ve been using this brand for years, and I don’t see any bad side-effects.”
The thing is, the side-effects aren’t always what you’d expect. Take propylparaben, for example; it is said to cause endocrine disruption and developmental and reproductive toxicity. Another paraben found in makeup is methylparaben. This paraben can cause endocrine disruption, and developmental and reproductive toxicity, just like propylparaben, but it can also cause skin cancer.1 If that information isn’t enough to convince you that maybe you should consider looking at your makeup labels, then wait until you read this next bit! If you have migraines, allergies, tumors in the ovaries or lungs, or you are a cancer patient, then talc may be the cause.2 The last ingredient I’ll bring to light is retinyl palmitate. Retinyl palmitate has potential side-effects which include, cellular-level changes and organ system toxicity.3 These were just 3 of many common toxic ingredients found in makeup. There are many more parabens, preservatives, and other chemicals that I have not listed here.
I know all this information can be overwhelming, so let’s talk about the necessity of these ingredients. From personal experience, these ingredients don’t need to be in cosmetics. There are brands that don’t contain parabens, retinyl palmitate, or talc, but they can be hard to find, and finding a really good one is even more difficult. A lot of well-known brands have harmful ingredients, and as a consumer, you should do your own research. Find out for yourself what is the best choice for you. I found mine—Youngevity’s mineral makeup.
Now, as for you, please do your own research. Find out what those hard-to-pronounce ingredients actually mean and what they can do to you. Look at each ingredient from both sides (pros and cons), weigh the evidence, and make an informed decision. Be a savvy consumer and know exactly what you’re putting on your face.
1 “Parabens.” Safe Cosmetics, Breast Cancer Prevention Partners, as seen online 20 Jan. 2017, www.safecosmetics.org/get-the-facts/chemicals-of-concern/parabens/.
2 Ballestero, Shelly. “Are Your Cosmetics Making You Sick?” Health – CBN.com, Christian Broadcasting Network, as seen online 20 Jan. 2017, www.cbn.com/health/naturalhealth/cosmeticdangers.aspx.
3 “Retinyl Palmitate.” Truth In Aging, as seen online 20 Jan. 2017, http://www.truthinaging.com/ingredients/retinyl-palmitate.
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