What’s in your Makeup?!

Have you ever read the ingredients on your makeup labels? Did you read unpronounceable words like, Triclosan, Ethylene Oxide or Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons? These words don’t just look scary, they are scary! Scary to rub into your cheeks, lather onto your scalp and scrub into your skin. These words sound anything but natural, and it’s because they aren’t! For example, triclosan, is a chemical that is used in antibacterial soaps, deodorants and toothpastes that is used to limit the growth of bacteria and mold. Which sounds like a good thing, right? However, triclosan is classified as a pesticide. Pesticides are chemicals that can affect the body’s hormone systems. Yet everyday millions of America’s put this pesticide chemical into their mouth, eyes and rub it onto their skin. This certainly isn’t the only harmful chemical we use.


Many popular cosmetics and cosmetic brands used triclosan, most toothpastes and most of Bath and Bodyworks products, for example. If that doesn’t shake your cosmetic confidence, than this next tidbit might. If you have never heard of PAH’s, Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons, listen up! PAH’s are a group of chemicals that occur naturally in coal, crude oil and gasoline. But what does this have to do with cosmetic products? A lot, actually! PAH’s are found in many popular makeup and shampoo’s.  There are some long-term health effects of exposure to PAHs which may include cataracts, kidney and liver damage, and jaundice. Repeated skin contact to the PAH naphthalene can result in redness and inflammation of the skin. Long-term exposure to low levels of some PAHs have caused cancer in laboratory animals. According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, you can take additional steps to lower exposure by decreasing the use of coal-tar-based cosmetics and shampoos.

What is the lesson here? 

1. Read the ingredients labels on your makeup and skincare products. If the word sounds unnatural, it probably is! 

2. Convert to all natural, chemical free beauty products. Your skin will be less irritated and overall healthier. Find out more at Mission B

3. Educate your friends and family members on what harmful cancer causing chemicals could be in their makeup. 


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