Most consumers look at brand, color and even packaging when they are selecting cosmetics. While the esthetics of your cosmetics play an in important role in your purchase there are other, more important things that you should look out for. Founder and President of EnvyDerm Eyelash Growth Serum, Nadia Smith has provided some dangerous cosmetic ingredients to avoid.
This chemical is used to keep nail polish from chipping and as a plastic softener. It is known to cause damage to the reproductive system, kidneys, liver and lungs is known to be especially dangerous for women between the ages of 20 – 40 although no one knows why. There are of course studies that say Phthalate is not dangerous and that it’s widely used in all sorts of cosmetics, toys and medical equipment and should not be feared. Since there are so many mixed results in the studies out on the market many beauty companies such as Opi and Essi have stopped using it just to be on the safe side.
This chemical is used in oven cleaners and pipe cleaners and can be found in everything from moisturizer to acne cream to mascara and even body scrubs. The list goes on and on and even includes things such as toothpaste. Sulfate is dries out the skin to the point where it rips away your skins natural moisture protective barrier and your skin has to work overtime to create more natural oils. This can cause all sorts of skin problems – especially for those already suffering from some sort of skin condition such as rosacea. In addition, different forms of Sulfate can cause damage to the lungs and increase your chances of getting throat cancer.
This chemical is used to keep moisture in and stop it from getting out of your beauty products. It’s used in hair products, makeup, creams and deodorants (not to mention a load of baby products). Propylene Glycol is known to be irritate to the skin, cause liver abnormalities and kidney damage and is used in the antifreeze in your car.
This chemical used in makeup as an alternative to Parabens and as a preservative against bacteria and mold. Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate may irritate sensitive skin and eyes, even if the product contains less than the 1% which research says is safe.
The best way to protect yourself is to read the labels on you beauty products to make sure that they have as few chemicals as possible. You can also try natural products which are known to be less harmful.