Don’t freak out yet, but some of the beauty products you’ve using everyday are actually pretty toxic. Most of the beauty products today contain toxins and chemical that are bad for our health. You might think you are not getting in contact with them if you just put a polish her and there, and spray a bit o that hair spray, but the truth is- everything you put on your skin, nails or hair gets into your bloodstream. Now imagine putting tons of make up every day and imagine how much aluminum can get into your system this way. We already told you not to freak out, but try not to use the following 15 products as much as you can.
1. Dying hair with permanent and semi-permanent hair dyes for long time can be linked with bladder cancer, according to some studies. Researches have found that rodents that were fed these compounds from coal-tar in some types of hair dye are more likely to develop cancer than rodents that were not fed these compounds. Also, you could build up tolerance to the chemicals and suffer from an allergy reaction.
2. Aluminum powder in certain make up can be harmful. Highly pigmented eyeshadows and eyeliners are claimed to contain aluminum, and according to the Environmental Working Group, aluminum powder is closely linked to neurotoxicity and cancer. However, according to FDA, it is a safe ingredient in cosmetics. There are some women, though, who have experienced allergy reaction to aluminum powder.
3. There is some government data that shows that ingredient called retinyl palmitate or vitamin A palmitate causes skin cancer. Vitamin A palmitate is used in over half of sunscreens on the market and it is specifically used in night creams because it should not be applied during the day. Another sunscreen ingredient that is believed to be linked to allergies and even hormone disruption is oxybenzone.
4. If you are a girl and you love to do your nails, you are most likely aware of how toxic nail polishes are. They are flammable, they smell weird, and they are toxic. Why do we love them again? There are some dangerous chemicals in nail polishes such as dibutyl phthalate, toluene and formaldehyde. There was even a research in nail polish salons, in which 33 workers performed significantly worse on tests which measured attention and brain-processing speed. Yikes.
5. According to some researches, average mainstream perfume might contain up to 14 ingredients that could be toxic to human body. However, due to a loophole in the federal Fair Packaging and Labeling Act of 1973, brands that produce perfumes are not required to list them. Let’s just say that some of the perfume ingredients have been linked to some hormone disruptions and some allergic reactions as well.
6. Another product that women use in great amounts is keratin. Even if a keratin product claims it is formaldehyde-free, many hair straighteners that are keratin based still contain substantial amounts of this dangerous, cancer causing chemical. The FDA has recently claimed that Brazilian blowouts can be dangerous, but there is no official recall. Watch out for methylene glycol on the labels. It is basically just formaldehyde mixed with water.
7. Don’t be fooled by “natural products” all around us. You should always check the ingredients list on the back and see if there are toxic stuff like phenoxyethanol, parabens, PEGs, chlorphenesin, triethanolamine, sulfates and oxybenzone. Some mouthwashes even contain zinc chloride, which was classified as a possoble carcinogen but also as a corrosive chemical. This could be especially dangerous if you are nursing or pregnant.
8. Mineral make up can hide some of the toxic elements as well. Iron oxides and other mineral pigments are often linked to toxic metals like arsenic, mercury, lead, antimony and selenium. General opinion is that if you are exposed to these metals in small amount, chances you encounter some health problems are relatively small. However, there are some claims they can allegedly build up in body and increase risk of health problems in the future.
9. Antiperspirants have been known as possibly dangerous for our health for some time. According to some researches, there are large amounts of aluminum salts used in antiperspirants that had detrimental effects on mice (including ovarian lesions and some reproductive failures). Also, there were founds some connections between aluminum and breast cancer, and because deodorants are applied so near to breasts, these accusations can be very worrying for the most women.
10. Some hair product can cause irritations or even breakouts when used in contact with skin. However, hair sprays can be particularly bad for your skin if you use it too much on your face. If you’re a man and you are reading this, you will probably think we made this up, who puts hairspray on their face. Actually, women do this, and most of them spray it when they finish their make up in order to prolong the time make up actually stays on your face. But this can dry out the skin and cause serious irritations.
11. Except for being possibly dangerous because of the fluorine, toothpaste is often used by people who have a big problem with- a zit. By putting a toothpaste on a zit, you are drying it out, but you are also drying out all the healthy areas around the zit. It can also potentially burn out the skin because all of the chemicals and you can wake up with dark scars that wont be as fixable as a zit is. So choose a pinch of tree oil instead and step away from the toothpaste.
12. Mascara’s are very tricky to choose. Eye lashes are critically close to eyes, and some toxic chemicals, such as mercury, are often found in mascara’s and they are often the cause of irritation. Mercury is known allergen that impair brain development. The trick is, many expensive and well known cosmetic brands still allow mercury in their mascara’s. so be sure to check the ingredients before buying.
13. Most women but also, many men, are using all kinds of moisturizers in order to hydrate their skin. Living in a city can really dry out your skin, especially during the winter months. But there is one problem and it is called mineral oil. Mineral oil is a by-product of petroleum and it is often used in baby oils, moisturizers and even styling gels. Mineral oils create a film that prevents the skin from releasing the toxins.
14. Unfortunately, lipsticks can be harmful as well. Our lips are dangerously close to our mouth, and by putting something that has suspicious list of ingredients on our lips, we are increasing the chance of giving those ingredients a free pass to our organism. Many lipsticks have lead, a known carcinogen which is never listed on the back of lipsticks because it’s a contaminant, and not an ingredient. Nice loophole, right?
15. Body lotion is something we all use because… well, the skin is softer, right? But, have you ever thought about the fact that our skin is not equally thick on all body parts? Now, have you ever put some body lotion on your face, because the moisturizer is too far and you just want to go to sleep? Don’t do that any more. Body lotions are intended for thicker parts of our skin, like our body. The skin on our face is thinner and much more sensitive, and it can easily be dried out or even irritated.