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Haiii :3 What’s up? It’s Monday- my way!  This time, I committed to researching on a serious health topic- what’s in our makeup? f you’re using tons of makeup and if you’re a beauty killer- well you could be a beauty killed! I’m talking about all the hidden dangers in makeup, lurking from the depths, like the shark from Jaws, until it jumps out with its 1000-toothed much agape and swallowing you before you even knew what hit you- when it’s too late. You find out you have serious skin or health problems caused by manyyyyy toxic chemicals potentially present in all mainstream makeup brand products. Okay, there’s no imminent danger, but that was some freakin’ good dramatic culmination, right? I got the idea to research on this topic when I wondered if expensive makeup really is better for our skin, and the answer is- not all! Here’s a list of the most dangerous chemicals found in all types of cosmetics, according to the Collective Evolution website:

Parabens easily penetrate the skin and are suspected of interfering with hormone function (endocrine disruption). Parabens can mimic estrogen, the primary female sex hormone. In one study, parabens were detected in human breast cancer tissues, raising questions about a possible association between parabens in cosmetics and cancer. Parabens may also interfere with male reproductive functions. In addition, studies indicate that methylparaben applied on the skin reacts with UVB leading to increased skin aging and DNA damage.

Related Ingredients:
Methylparaben, butylparaben and propylparaben

DEA, cocamide DEA and lauramide DEA (Related chemicals: MEA and TEA).

DEA and its compounds cause mild to moderate skin and eye irritation. In laboratory experiments, exposure to high doses of these chemicals has been shown to cause liver cancers and precancerous changes in skin and thyroid. The European Union classifies DEA as harmful on the basis of danger of serious damage to health from prolonged exposure. DEA compounds can also react with nitrites in cosmetics to form nitrosamines, which the International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies as a possible human carcinogen. Nitrites are sometimes added to products as anti-corrosive agents or can be present as contaminants. The degradation of some chemicals used as preservatives in cosmetics can release nitrites when the product is exposed to air.

Dibutyl phthalate or DB is absorbed through the skin. It can enhance the capacity of other chemicals to cause genetic mutations, although it has not been shown to be a mutagen itself. In laboratory experiments, it has been shown to cause developmental defects, changes in the testes and prostate, and reduced sperm counts. The European Union classifies DBP as a suspected endocrine disruptor on the basis of evidence that it interferes with hormone function, and as reproductive toxic on the basis that it may cause harm to the unborn child and impair fertility. Health Canada notes evidence suggesting that exposure to phthalates may cause health effects such as liver and kidney failure in young children when products containing phthalates are sucked or chewed for extended periods.

BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole) and BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene). BHA and BHT can induce allergic reactions in the skin. The International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies BHA as a possible human carcinogen. The European Commission on Endocrine Disruption has also listed BHA as a Category 1 priority substance, based on evidence that it interferes with hormone function.

Coal Tar Dyes. Coal tar is a mixture of many chemicals, derived from petroleum, Coal tar is recognized as a human carcinogen and the main concern with individual coal tar colours (whether produced from coal tar or synthetically) is their potential to cause cancer. These colours may as well be contaminated with low levels of heavy metals and some are combined with aluminum substrate. Aluminum compounds and many heavy metals are toxic to the brain. Some colours are not approved as food additives, yet they are used in cosmetics that may be ingested, like lipstick. (In the U.S. colour naming system, “FD&C” indicates colours approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use in foods, drugs, and cosmetics. “D&C” colours are not approved for use in food.)

Formaldehyde-Releasing Preservatives. Look for DMDM HYDANTOIN, DIAZOLIDINYL UREA, IMIDAZOLIDINYL UREA, METHENAMINE, or QUARTERNIUM-15. Widely used in hair products, moisturizers, etc. Formaldehyde causes cancer. Inhaling from gas-off.

Lead. Five of the ten most contaminated lipsticks were manufactured by L’Oreal USA.
Petrolatum in hair products, lip balm/lipstick, skin care products. Petroleum product that can be contaminated with cancer-causing impurities.
Mineral Oil (Most harmful when poorly refined). Mineral oil may be contaminated with PAHs, which are associated with cancer. If mineral oil is absorbed into the skin because of habitual use, it may affect the functioning of the liver. The liver has to work very hard to break down mineral oil and may not be able to break down toxins efficiently. This can lead to poorer health and weakened immune system.
Siloxanes (Cyclomethicone and ingredients ending in “siloxane” (e.g. cyclotetrasiloxane).

Here’s a comprehensive list of over 35 premium and department store products tested for heavy metals and the results:
In addition to what I already said in my video, you can take immediate action in reducing your risk. It’s a good start and doesn’t require a big lifestyle change! For starters, use baby powder as setting and finish powder instead of store-bought cosmetic one. Also, sea salt is a great alternative to volume spray.
In addition, I highly recommend checking these products out if you decided to go for the extreme and replace your makeup with chemical-free one:



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