Confession. My purse used to look like this back in the day. Perfume, lipstick, hand sanitizer, and not that my purse doesn't have those items now but that was before I got schooled on the toxins that are used in the cosmetic industry. Did you know that the average woman puts over 500 chemicals per day on her body. It is believed that our skin absorbs 60-70% of any topical products we use. Wha??? Parabens, talc, bismuth, lead and mercury (seriously, are you kidding) and mineral oil. Just to name a few. Now, I use EWG's Skin Deep Database or the Think Dirty App before I purchase beauty products. Take a peek in your bag, does it need a makeover?
Let's learn about six common toxic substances that are found in most commercial cosmetics. Chances are, these things are in your makeup bag right now!
First up, PARABENS (METYL, PROPYL, ETHYL, BUTYL): Parabens are chemicals that have been used since the 1950s to prevent bacteria and act as a preservative in deodorants, lotions, lipsticks, shampoos, scrubs, and more. Parabens can mimic estrogen and act as potential hormone (endocrine) system disruptors in the body’s cells. Parabens have been found present in breast tumors and are possibly linked to breast cancer.
Second, let's talk about TALC: Talc is a mineral substance made up of mainly magnesium, silicon and oxygen used in a variety of cosmetic and personal care products such as baby powder, body and shower products, lotions, feminine hygiene products, eyeshadow, foundation, lipstick, deodorants and face masks. Some talc may contain the known carcinogen asbestos, therefore it should be avoided in powders and other personal care products.
Third, let's discuss BISMUTH: Bismuth Oxychloride is a naturally occurring heavy element found in nickel, tin and silver that’s primarily used to manufacture metal by-products. It’s used in cosmetics because it has a distinct shimmery, pearlescent appearance and a fine white powder texture that adheres well to the skin. Many cosmetic companies use bismuth because it hides flaws, adds a radiant glow to the face and is a dirt-cheap filler! It also has binding qualities, so the make-up will “stick” to your skin and last all day. What may surprise you even more is that bismuth resembles arsenic chemically, yet it is commonly found in many cosmetics. Many women will experience itchiness when wearing products containing bismuth, most noticeably when they sweat. This can often lead to nasty rashes and severe acne. Also, we can’t forget Bismuth is also akin to arsenic. If you’ve been wearing mineral makeup, you may be experiencing irritation or breakouts due to the Bismuth in this makeup!
LEAD - SERIOUSLY?!: Lead is a naturally occurring element found in small amounts in the earth's crust. Although it is natural, it’s NOT SAFE for human consumption. Lead is a known carcinogen (meaning it causes cancer). It can be in your cosmetics and personal care products and DOESN'T EVEN HAVE TO BE LISTED ON THE LABEL. That is because it's not an ingredient, but rather a contaminant. The FDA has determined a "healthy lead contamination level" is acceptable in cosmetics and personal care products. Isn't that nice? Except when you apply those products every day, several times per day. On the FDA's website it states that 99% OF ALL COSMETICS CONTAIN LEAD! (This is where you go throw out your entire makeup bag.)
Now on to MERCURY: Mercury is poison. It is a known toxin. Although Mercury is a natural element found in the earth’s crust (often in regions with volcanic activity) its natural status doesn’t mean it’s safe. Repeated or serious exposure to mercury can severely damage the nervous system including psychotic reactions, hallucinations, suicidal tendencies and delirium. Mercury exposure can also lead to violent muscular spasms, nervousness, irritability, tremors, weakness, fatigue, memory loss, changes in vision, hearing, or taste, vomiting, diarrhea, kidney damage and even death. When it enters the body, it is stored in the kidneys, blood, spleen, brain, liver, bones and fatty tissues. Mercury is terrible for anyone but it is especially dangerous for pregnant or nursing women. Breast milk can become contaminated and in utero exposure to mercury has been attributed to an increase in neural tube defects.
And last but not least, MINERAL OIL: Mineral Oil (also called “liquid petroleum”) is any of various colorless, odorless, light mixtures of higher alkanes from a mineral source, particularly a distillate of petroleum. Most often, mineral oil is a liquid by-product of refining crude oil to make gasoline and other petroleum products. Mineral oil is a common ingredient in baby lotions, cold creams, ointments and cosmetics. Researchers stated, “There is strong evidence that Mineral Oil hydrocarbons are the greatest contaminant of the human body.”
There was a scientific study that removed fat specimens from women who underwent cesarean sections, 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.
This 8-minute video of The Story of Cosmetics will teach you all about what is in common household products and why we need to choose non-toxic alternatives. Get ready for eye-opening info! Ready to renovate your makeup bag now?
OK, so toxins are out… what can you use instead? You're probably thinking, yep here it is, the sales pitch. But I'm going to be real, makeup is a personal thing and acts different for everyone. Do you like it natural and light? Do you like coverage? Do you need it be on all day and not smudge? My life right now requires loooooow maintenance. I want to be able to do my makeup in 5 and have it last all day. If you looked in my makeup bag right now, you'd see Young Living Savvy Minerals (if you like the mineral based makeup, this one is for you, and the lip gloss is everything, boo), Beautycounter (shop with my girl, Erica Winn, she'll hook you up right) and The Honest Company (you can add this stuff to your diaper bundles! and try it out for 25% off). So you see, while I'm a die hard Young Living fan for most of my household products, essential oils, skincare and hair care products, my makeup needs are all over. Find the healthiest, non-toxic options that work for you!
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