7 Potentially Dangerous Makeup Ingredients to Avoid!

  • by Kim Lockard

While it isn't guaranteed you'll develop health issues, you certainly won't do yourself any further harm by becoming aware of these following makeup ingredients to avoid.

Put simply, parabens are preservatives. They are found in many cosmetic and personal care products, meant to inhibit the growth of mold and bacteria. The bad news is that they mimic estrogen in the body and are found in nearly all breast cancer tumors. To determine if a product contains them, look for the following: butylparaben, methylparaben, and propylparaben.

Sulfates are what cause your shampoos, body washes, and cleansers to foam up and lather. They have been linked to cancer, neurotoxicity, organ toxicity, skin irritation, and endocrine disruption. Look for sodium lauryl sulfate in your products. Beauty Protector, Aveda and Kevin Murphy all make sulfate-free hair products.

This powerful ingredient is highly effective at lightening skin pigment to combat hyperpigmentation, melasma, and scarring. However, it's also illegal in Europe and on the list of no-no's for pregnant or breastfeeding women. It is a potential carcinogen, and in large amounts, oral hydroquinone is toxic. Vitamin C and kojic acid are some safe alternatives.

Sometimes called plasticizers, phthalates are used to make products like cosmetics, fragrances, and nail polishes more flexible, durable, and soft. They are linked to hormone disruption as well as birth defects, asthma, neurodevelopmental problems in newborns, fertility issues, and obesity.

Mineral oil
Derived from petroleum, mineral oil is comedogenic, meaning it does a great job of causing breakouts. It easily clogs pores, contributing to acne and blackheads. It has also been negatively connected to hormonal and fertility issues. Look for mineral oil, liquid petroleum, or paraffin oil in your products.

Synthetic colorants
Though synthetic colorants make our cosmetics and hair dyes vivid and pretty, their toxic, cancer-causing potential is anything but. The colorants are derived from coal tar and are labeled as FD&C or D&C, followed by the color's name and a number. Instead, look for natural, mineral-based colorants like mica pigment, titanium dioxide, oxides, iron and tin oxide, carmine, and ultramarines.

Synthetic fragrances
Often labeled as parfum, synthetic fragrances are derived from petrochemicals and are associated with endocrine disruption, fertility issues, diabetes, obesity, and liver and breast cancer. They contain the aforementioned phthalates and, beyond the scariest symptoms, can cause nausea, irritability, and headaches. You don't have to forego sweet smells—just look to plant-based sources like essential oils instead.

Article provided by Newbeauty.com