by JANET BONILLA
Most girls love how they look after putting makeup on. Makeup hides imperfections and can easily make a girl look flawless. Makeup can be used daily or only on special occasions. For many high school girls, makeup is their go-to every morning. It provides girls with a quick fix to any facial problem they might have. Many teenagers buy makeup without knowing much about the company, much less about what the makeup actually contains. The average American woman uses 12 health and beauty products before even leaving the house. (bloomberg.com) But the makeup brands women rely on to look their best may be hiding harsh chemicals that have been linked to cancer, organ failure and birth defects.
Certain types of makeup contain harmful levels of Phthalate. Phthalate is also known as DBP and DEHP. Phthalate is banned in most parts in the world; however, in the USA it is not. Phthalate contains endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCS) and carcinogen all linked to cancer, organ failures, and several types of birth defects. Phthalate is used in some makeup products because it makes plastic soft and malleable. It can easily be found in cheap hair-straighteners and sprays, body lotions, makeup, and deodorants. Some brands use Phthalates and others do not.
Before investing your money into a company, you want to make sure you can trust them with the merchandise they are selling. It helps to research the company and the ingredients they actively use in their products. A website that can help you with this decisive process is: www.ewg.org/skindeep/. All you have to do is type in the name of the company or the cosmetic and it will instantly tell you if it’s safe to use or not.
The companies that are most known to produce toxic makeup are Revlon, Estee Lauder, Johnson and Johnson, Clinique, L’oreal, Maybelline, Covergirl and Avon. There are numerous others. In today’s world, it is extremely hard to find makeup companies that do not use harmful ingredients. Especially because people are always looking for a bargain or “cheap” makeup. Like the saying goes, “You get what you pay for.” It’s much better to pay a little extra for a company that uses safe ingredients. At least that way you’ll be sure that what you’re putting on your face is 100% safe.
List of makeup you should most definitely stay away from:
NARS Firming Foundation Liquid
-Oxybenzone can be a double-edged ingredient, protecting against UV rays but also causing irritation or triggering allergic reactions to light in some cases. The chemical can also be absorbed by skin, and 97 percent of Americans have built up some amount in their bodies, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.
Revlon ColorStay Cheek Color Mineral Blush
-Used for their powdery finish, rose quartz and silica are considered possible human carcinogens and have proven toxic to immune and respiratory systems over prolonged exposure.
Neutrogena Weightless Volume Wax Free Mascara
-Mascara may seem a strange place to find fragrance ingredients, but they’re often used in makeup to cover up harsh chemical odors. Fragrance can set off headaches, wheezing and asthma in a concoction of compounds. Disclosure of ingredients isn’t required. This mascara also includes retinyl palmitate and parabens, which are used as preservatives and can mimic estrogen and interfere with the endocrine system.
Tropez Smoky Eyes Eye Liner
-Anti-caking agent aluminum starch octenylsuccinate has been approved by the FDA for limited use as a food additive, but it has also been linked to neurotoxicity, and developmental and reproductive harm. It’s also made with retinyl palmitate and parabens.
Avon Beyond Color Radiant Lifting Eyeshadow
-In addition to polishing off a look, another triple whammy — retinyl palmitate, parabens and “lake” dyes — in this shadow adds an additional layer of the potentially dangerous ingredients to users’ skins. The eye shadow also contains ingredients that increase absorption into the skin, multiplying the potential health risk.
Almay Line Smoothing Concealer for the Face
-Revlon and its Almay brand removed the skin conditioner retinyl palmitate from its formulas in August 2010, responding to concerns it could break down under UV light, producing free radicals that cause gene mutations and damage DNA. Canada restricts the amount that can be used in cosmetics.
Milani Mosaic Powder
-Women who use this to get rid of shine on top of concealers may be getting a double dose of retinyl palmitate, which has been linked to cancer in lab animals. For coloring, the powder uses “lake” dyes, which contain metals such as aluminum, calcium and barium, known neurotoxins that are allowed by the FDA for cosmetic uses in limited amounts.
Smashbox Lip Treatment SPF 15
-This lip rejuvenator harbors repeat offenders including retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone and undisclosed fragrance chemicals. Smashbox stopped manufacturing the lip treatment in October for unrelated business reasons, spokeswoman Nina Van Arsdale said. It’s still available through retailers, including cosmetics megastore Sephora.
Aveeno Active Naturals Positively Radiant Tinted Moisturizer
-The sunscreen ingredient known as octinoxate may help filter UV rays, but it’s also been linked to thyroid and brain signal problems in lab animals.
Note: The brands that tested positive for lead levels included well-respected national brands including L’Oreal, Revlon, Avon, and Cover Girl. And high-end brands like Dior and M.A.C. weren’t exempt either. Five of the ten most contaminated lipsticks were manufactured by L’Oreal USA. Perhaps most disturbing, in some ways, is that even the “natural” brand Burt’s Bees had one lip shimmer that tested in the middle range for lead.
These are only some of the makeup you should definitely stay away from. There are countless more. Make sure to research the makeup item you are interested in before purchasing it.
How to stay safe
1. Read the label
2. Get rid of old make-up
3. Buy organic and natural products
4. Don’t leave make-up unattended in open air and close all lids
Makeup has been around for a long time. And it will be here for many more years to come. Just because there are many companies that create bad makeup, does not mean that makeup is bad altogether. Remember ladies, research before you buy it!