Since the early days of Cleopatra, makeup was used to bring out a woman’s best features and enhance her femininity and natural beauty. In other words, makeup exists to make women look beautiful.
Putting on too much makeup happens, and you usually know you did when you look in the mirror and you’re not happy with the result—or you notice that you unintentionally went for a high-impact lip, liner, and highlighter look all at the same time.
According to a study conducted by The Renfrew Center Foundation, nearly half of the women feel unattractive when not having makeup. Relying on makeup is not the only problem, but the scientists, practitioners, and consumers are concerned with the way it affects people’s health.
Many beauty and skin care products on the market are full of hidden chemicals, and makeup products may be the worst. If you want to be healthy and still use foundation and eyeliner, you may be wondering: Is it possible to wear makeup without harming your body with toxic chemicals?
Following are some of the chemicals commonly found in Makeup Products and what they do to us:
This bluish-white metal in color is often connected with bone disease, kidney failure or even cancer. Researchers claim that it becomes toxic even at the level which is below the limit set by the World Health Organization.
Lead may be a contaminant in over 650 cosmetic products, including sunscreens, foundation, nail colors, lipsticks and whitening toothpaste. Lead is a proven neurotoxin, linked to learning, language and behavioral problems. It has also been linked to miscarriage, reduced fertility in men and women, and delays in puberty onset in girls.
Toluene is a toxic chemical used in nail products and hair dyes. Exposure to toluene can result in temporary effects such as headaches, dizziness and cracked skin, as well as more serious effects such as reproductive damage and respiratory complications.
Benzophenone is used in personal care products such as lip balm and nail polish to protect the products from UV light. Derivatives of benzophenone, such as benzophenone-2 (BP2) and oxybenzone (benzophenone-3 or BP3) are common ingredients in sunscreen. Benzophenone is persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT) These chemicals are linked to cancer, endocrine disruption, and organ system toxicity.
Parabens are a group of compounds widely used as an antifungal agent, preservative and antimicrobial in creams, lotions, ointments and other cosmetics, including underarm deodorants. They are absorbed through the skin and have been identified in biopsy samples from breast tumors.
Some talc may contain the known carcinogen asbestos, therefore it should be avoided in powders and other personal care products unless it is known to be asbestos-free. Even asbestos-free talc should be avoided in the pelvic areas. It is full of asbestos, carcinogens which the experts claim that they cause ovarian cancer.
We’re not here to scare you! We don’t want you to have nightmares that your future offspring will be jeopardized all because you wanted to sport a red lip, or that your loved one will get sick because you bought her an eye shadow palette for her birthday. But we have options when it comes to what we put on our faces and bodies. If the makeup industry isn’t going to make transparency a priority, we have to take it upon ourselves to do our research so we can make healthy choices.