7 Things Wrong With Your Makeup Products
We all have the tendency to want to look presentable at all times. The invention of cosmetics to enhance our natural beauty and conceal flaws is a brilliant move in the Beauty industry. In malls such as Sephora, shelves are constantly being filled with the latest beauty fads and cosmetics that promise to do wonders to our face. Hence I would like to address this by highlighting to you the 7 things wrong with your makeup products and what ingredients to avoid if you are purchasing beauty products for yourself.
Learn to Label Read
I used to purchase the latest beauty products marketed on commercial advertisements in the past. I would rush to the nearest Watsons and Sephora to experiment the latest stuff displayed on the shelves and would hope that they work on my sensitive acne-prone skin. However, nothing really did work on my skin and I realized that the makeup I slather on my face tends to clog my pores (especially so when I was hooked onto the natural Korean makeup look with CC Foundation Cushion). My skin condition worsened till I got more educated on the toxic chemicals that lurk in most commercial beauty products including makeup/cosmetics.
So here are the 7 toxic ingredients to avoid when selecting your makeup:
#1: Mineral Oil
Mineral oil is a colorless and odorless oil that’s made from petroleum— as a by-product of the distillation of petroleum to produce gasoline. It’s long been used as a common ingredient in beauty products such as lotions, ointments, and cosmetics.
It is added to products to help retain moisture in the skin. However, it is not a great ingredient because:
- It may be contaminated with toxins – a 2011 study, for example, reported that contamination could be a relevant source of “mineral oil contamination.” Researchers stated, “There is strong evidence that mineral oil hydrocarbons are the greatest contaminant of the human body, amounting to approximately 1 gram per person. Possible routes of contamination include air inhalation, food intake, and dermal [skin] absorption.” They went on to remove fat specimens from women who underwent cesarean section and also collected milk samples from the women after delivery. They found that both fat and milk samples were contaminated with mineral oil saturated hydrocarbons—and stated that these compounds likely accumulated over time from repeated exposure. “Cosmetics might be a relevant source of the contamination,” they stated.
- It Clogs Pores and increases the risk of acne & blackheads – Mineral oil is considered “comedogenic”, which means it can clog your pores and increase the risk of acne and blackheads. The more refined, the less comedogenic, but there’s no way to know (unless the company is willing to tell you) how purified the mineral oil is that’s in your product. The oil is an “occlusive agent”—which means that it forms a physical barrier over your skin to reduce moisture loss. So if you already have bacteria on your skin (most likely), or if you have other ingredients in your product that can clog pores, even the most refined mineral oil will keep all of that close and tight to your skin, increasing the risk of breakouts.
- It’s not doing anything for your skin – It’s not infusing it with nutrients. It’s not providing hydration that actually goes into the skin where it counts. It’s just sitting there on the top of the skin preventing moisture loss.
Talc is commonly found in eyeshadow, blush, foundation, face and baby powder as it provides texture and absorbs oil.
The dangers it poses are:
- Skin Irritant – Case studies of infants inhaling talc-containing baby powder showed severe respiratory distress.[13, 14]
- Carcinogenic – The International Agency for Research on Cancer lists talc containing asbestos as carcinogenic to humans while the perineal use of talc is classified as possibly carcinogenic., Talc use is linked to endometrial and ovarian cancer., Cosmetic talc applied to the pelvic area, from feminine hygiene products or diaper changes, enters the body and can reach distant organs. This may explain why talc has been found in women’s ovaries and pelvic lymph nodes., Genital talc use increases risk of endometrial cancer among postmenopausal women.,[22,], For all women, risk may increase with frequency of use, although this remains contended.[24, 25, 26]
- May contain asbestos – Talc elevates lung burden. Talc inhalation can interfere with mechanisms that clean lung and mitigate inflammation thereby damaging cells and potentially leading to cancer. In human lung epithelial cells, nanoscale talc particles damaged and killed cells while inducing oxidative stress, which is the buildup of harmful molecular agents in the body. Asbestos was found in the lung tissue and lymph nodes of women using cosmetic powders containing talc.Talc exposure, especially via personal care products, can also lead to a diseased respiratory tract as characterized by labored breathing and coughing.,,
Extracting bismuth from lead, tin, copper, and the like results in a number of impurities in the mix. These may include lead, tellurium (chemical element added to glass for color or used to make metal alloys stronger), and other elements that aren’t safe for use in cosmetics. So manufacturers put it through an electrolytic solution, then filter, dry, and further refine the product until the desired level of purity is reached.
The process isn’t finished yet, however. Impurities may be further removed through adding other ingredients, and then finally the resulting concoction is chlorinated, treated with water, and dried to form a white substance. It may also be treated with a dilute nitric acid solution.
Therefore, regardless of what you may see on the label, realize that this product is not a natural ingredient, but rather, the result of a long process of refining and altering.
- Skin Irritant – Bismuth is a heavy metal ingredient, it requires repeated buffing to get it into the pores. Without this buffing, it can actually slide off the wearer’s face—but the buffing can also cause irritation, particularly for those with sensitive skin. Another problem is that this ingredient can cause itching. If you switched to mineral makeup and found yourself scratching your face throughout the day, it may be because of the molecular shape of the chemical, or simply because it can be irritating to some people.
- Clog Pores – The heaviness of the ingredient can also clog pores, which is definitely not good for those with acne-prone skin. Mineral makeup is supposed to be better for reactive skin, but if it has bismuth oxychloride in it, it may encourage the formation of blackheads, whiteheads, and pustules instead. Some users may experience cystic acne if they wear mineral makeup regularly.
The FDA states that parabens can be found in, “makeup, moisturizers, hair care products, and shaving products.” Parabens act as a anti-microbial preserving agent in products. Multiple parabens are often used in a single product: the most common are methylparaben, propylparaben, and butylparaben.
- Endocrine disruptor – The European Commission on Endocrine Disrupters lists parabens as Category 1 substances, known to disrupt endocrine system functions.
- Linked to developmental and reproductive issues – The Environmental Working Groupfinds parabens are xenoestrogens. Xenoestrogens mimic the activity of reproductive hormones and interact with hormone receptors in the body. To date, xenoestrogens have been linked to potential fertility issues in men and women, birth defects, and possible reproductive cancers.
- Linked to breast cancer – These chemicals are of concern because they are found in cancer patients, but they are also found in urine samples of U.S. adults without cancer.
Parabens arefat-solublee xenoestrogens, which are absorbed through the skin, GI tract and the bloodstream, and then excreted through normal elimination. Studies from the Centers for Disease Control found 4 different types of parabens in human urine samples.
It’s estimated that women are exposed to at least 50mg of parabens daily from cosmetics alone!Men may be exposed to fewer parabens daily, but may be less likely to look for products that are paraben-free, a possible concern for male fertility.
In the past few years, researchers have linked phthalates to:
- Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder
- Breast cancer
- Type II diabetes
- Low IQ
- Neurodevelopmental issues
- Behavioral issues
- Autism spectrum disorders
- Altered reproductive development
- Male fertility issues
While phthalates is a huge class of chemicals and nowhere near every chemical in the class has been studied, several have been shown to have negative health impacts: butyl benzyl phthalate (BBzP), dibutyl phthalate (DnBP), di-2-ethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP), diethyl phthalate (DEP), di-butyl phthalate (DBP), benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP), diisobutyl phthalate (DiBP), diisononyl phthalate (DiNP), di-n-octyl phthalate (DnOP), dipentyl phthalate (DPP), di-isobutyl phthalate (DiBP), di-isononyl phthalate (DiNP), di-n-octyl phthalate (DnOP), di-isohexyl phthalate, dicyclohexyl phthalate (DcHP), and di-isoheptyl phthalate.
Because of their ubiquitous usage and because they are not listed on product labels, phthalates are next to impossible to avoid. They are in household items (vinyl flooring), personal care products (hair care, body wash, some cosmetics), fragrance, household cleaners, and food. Even for those who either avoid these products or buy phthalate-free variations, phthalates lurk in unexpected places.
#6: Imidazolidinyl Urea
Located in most water-based cosmetics, deodorants, hair dyes, shaving cream, and face masks lurks imidazolidinyl urea in concentrations of 0.1-5 percent. This highly water-soluble chemical remains on the skin for hours after being applied through any of the mentioned products and has sufficient time to be thoroughly absorbed by the dermal cells. It serves as a preservative in conjunction with parabens and releases formaldehyde.
Listed in the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Inventory, imidazolidinyl urea is problematic because it is a known allergen and toxicant in humans. Also, the chemical may be derived from animals and could be a carcinogen. Other formaldehyde-releasing chemicals to look out for are DMDM hydantoin, diazolidinyl urea, methenamine, and quarternium-15.
Many products list “fragrance” on the label, but most manufacturers list the specific ingredients that make up a “fragrance.” This lack of disclosure prevents consumers from knowing the full list of ingredients in their products. While most fragrance chemicals are not disclosed, we do know that some are linked to serious health problems such as cancer, reproductive and developmental toxicity, allergies and sensitivities.
Synthetic fragrances are allergens that may contain the aforementioned class of chemicals known as phthalates. These fragrances can interfere with the immune system and can, as an allergen, instigate an asthma attack. They are potential neurotoxins and can be found in the blood as synthetic musks when frequently used. Synthetic fragrances may smell pleasant, but they are not beneficial to the wearer or to the general public.
Is there a need to go natural? My skin has no issues wearing makeup containing chemicals…
If you’re one of the ‘lucky few’ that do not have any adverse reactions wearing makeup or beauty products containing the above toxic chemicals, then the next thing I’m gonna share might shake you a little:
If you think that the chemical ingredients found in each product are regulated in safe quantities according to industry standards, then you might want to see this in a new perspective.
The fact that you are using a combination of beauty products and cosmetics containing synthetic chemicals will significantly increase your exposure to these toxins, resulting in chemical overload. This will impact negatively on your health in the long-run because these chemicals get absorbed into our bloodstream within 26 seconds upon exposure.
A Safer Alternative
Keen to find a safer alternative to your existing beauty products?
The good news is that Young Living has launched it’s all natural makeup line – Savvy Minerals in addition to their existing range of essential-oils infused personal care products.
Savvy Minerals is born to help enhance our beauty without compromising on our exposure to chemicals. Savvy Minerals is mineral makeup such as iron oxides, zinc oxide, and titanium dioxide that are micronized, or ground and milled into tiny particles to create makeup.
Savvy Minerals is totally free of the above harmful chemicals and is:
- Vegan-Friendly (except for lip products which might contain beeswax)
- Non-Nano Particles
- Made with mineral based ingredients
- Enhances Natural Beauty
- Long-lasting, all-day wear
“Makeup is not a tool meant to make an ugly thing beautiful. It is meant only to magnify the beauty that already exists.”
Click here for more information on how you can order your Savvy Minerals cosmetics.