Is your makeup hurting your health?
A French consumer group recently released a list of 185 health and beauty products for French citizens to avoid. This immediately raised the concern of many about the impact of makeup and beauty products on one’s overall health.
In the last decade the food industry has been turned upside down, thanks to documentaries and books written on ingredients and methods raising consumer awareness. This consumer consciousness is reverberating through the beauty industry, causing an outcry from consumers who are educated about what they put in their body to demand to know exactly what it is they are putting on their body.
Some of the ingredients people are unknowingly using on their bodies is nothing short of frightening.
It is important to read a cosmetic label just as you would a food label. If you don’t know what an ingredient is, then ask (or Google it).
What are some of the major ingredients of to be cautious of…and stay away from? These are some of the most controversial ingredients to watch for in your health and beauty products.
Parabens work to extend the shelf life of products by deterring bacteria growth. Parabens are potentially dangerous for many reasons.
Studies have shown that parabens have the ability to imitate estrogen, posing a threat to the body’s delicate hormone balance. This is of major concern because of the role estrogen is believed to play in breast cancer among women. The endocrine system regulates the metabolism and blood sugar, the functions of the reproductive system, and development of the brain and nervous system. This article has great information about the role that parabens can play in reproductive health, cancer and endocrine disruption.
One of the best products to search for a paraben-free option is foundation. Foundation covers the largest area of your face, so switching to a paraben-free foundation can decrease your exposure to parabens pretty significantly. Mineralogie offers paraben-free foundations in several options and can be purchased in both Loose Mineral and Pressed Foundation.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfates
Sodium Lauryl Sulfates (SLS) are surfactants used in creams as well as many cleansing products. They increase foaming capacity for products such as shampoo and face cleanser. Sulfates can cause irritation to the eyes and skin.
Remove waterproof eye makeup sans Sulfate with Mineralogie’s Eye Makeup Remover.
Phthalates are often used to bind chemicals together and found in a wide variety of products ranging from perfume to shower curtains. Though the effect of long term phthalate exposure is not yet clear, there have been multiple animal studies linking phthalates to reproductive issues. They are listed as an EPA “chemical of concern” and because of this many cosmetic companies have been encouraged to remove them from their products.
It’s sad to note that these ingredients are still tested on animals. Not every ingredient in every product is though. In fact, none of Mineralogie’s products are.
Phthalates are often a sneaky ingredient in cosmetics and are not always obvious according to the ingredient label. They are most common in products containing a fragrance. Rather than fragrance, Mineralogie uses Peppermint Oil to give the Lip Gloss a nice, fresh scent.
Talc can be found in face powders and eye shadows. It is a mineral powder made from magnesium. It is often used as a filler because of it is inexpensive, however Talc that isn’t purified can be contaminated with asbestos, and studies on asbestos-free Talc of thus far been inconclusive. However earlier this week a jury in St. Louis awarded the family of a woman $72 million in damages after she died of Ovarian cancer that she developed from using Johnson and Johnson talc based powder for years.
Talc is often found in powder products like eye shadow. Not only is Mineralogie eye shadow talc-free (along with our other powder products like blush, bronzer and foundation), but the compact is magnetized so it is interchangeable.
Mineral Oil is an oderless oil made from petroleum. It is commonly used in lotions, creams and cosmetics. It is a lightweight and cost effective used to reduce water loss from skin. It is considered to be comedogenic, meaning it can clog pores and encourage breakouts. This is one ingredient that is easily replaced with so many great alternatives on the market today. There are so many rich, hydrating oils to choose from like argan oil and grape seed that can be found at any price point.
For a Mineral Oil free foundation choice that is super hydrating thanks to Hyaluronic Acid try Mineralogie Liquid Hydration Sheer Tint.
What You Can Do
It is always best to be an informed consumer and, if you don’t already know what is in the products you are using on a daily basis in your beauty routine, take the time to read the ingredients.
Natural cosmetics have come so far in the last couple of decades and prove that healthy and natural can be glamourous. Just like diet and exercise, putting high quality, nourishing products on your skin can have an overall impact on your health.
Sometimes the things that are left out of your beauty products are just as, or more important than the things that are in them. That is why, we strive for the highest quality ingredients in all of our products that enhance your skin and not just cover up flaws.
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