How Safe Are Your Cosmetics?

4 Jul

You really need to be careful these days when buying any type of cosmetic product. Even something as simple as a lipstick can have dangerous ingredients lurking inside. These ingredients could possibly cause you health issues.

The thing about cosmetics is that they are applied to your skin. For this reason many people don’t think that they cause an issue. What you need to understand is that products such as lipstick and lip liner do end up being ingested.

The act of just licking your lips is enough to get the ingredients into your body. Your skin actually absorbs lots of chemicals, which will eventually end up in your bloodstream. So this really does mean that what you use on the outside of your body, is just as important as what you choose to put in it.

A recent study showed that many teenagers have toxic chemicals in their bloodstream, this was directly linked to the use of cosmetics. You really should take the time to know what ingredients and chemicals you need to avoid before purchasing any more cosmetics.

One of the main things that you need to pay attention to is preservatives. Makeup is manufactured to sit on shelves for extremely long time periods. The only way this is possible is by filling them with preservatives. Unfortunately many of these preservatives are dangerous.

The dangerous ingredients are those that release formaldehyde as they break down. Formaldehyde is a known cause of cancer. Ingredients that you should look out for in this area are DMDB Hyantoin and Dizolidinyl Urea.

Other common preservatives used in makeup are Parabens. The biggest concern with this ingredient is that it mimics estrogen. If women are exposed to high levels of estrogen they could suffer with fertility problems and possibly even contract cancer.

Parabens are found in many common cosmetic and health products including mascaras, foundations and even in your shampoos. It is really important to get into the habit of reading your labels and searching for ingredients such as parabens.

There are many variations of this ingredient so be on the watch for labels which include the following words:

  • Methylparaben
  • Propylparaben
  • Ethylparaben
  • Butylparaben
  • Isobutylparaben

Looking for these ingredients and avoiding them is the only way you can steer clear of using this very dangerous ingredient.

Did you know that there could be lead in your lipstick? Lead is a heavy metal that is totally toxic to your body. At one time school children were using pencils filled with lead! Today lead has been eliminated from certain items such as paints and from water supplies. But unfortunately, it is still found in lipstick.

The reason why manufacturers use lead in lipstick is because of the color. It is used in the dyes to produce the wide range of colors. Lead isn’t the only metal that is found in lipstick. Lead has been found in 75 percent of lipsticks that were tested for this metal!

Cadmium is also found in a huge number of lipstick products. Cadmium is another carcinogen, which means it causes cancer. It has been linked to increasing the risk of breast cancer in women.

So you may want to think twice before purchasing your next lipstick. Check the ingredient label and look for brands that use natural ingredients.