Do You Need a Makeup Makeover?

by | Updated: December 3rd, 2016 | Read time: 2 minutes


Moisturizer, foundation, blush, lip gloss, mascara, eye shadow””these are all common contents of women’s makeup bags. But unfortunately, they are also items that can introduce potentially harmful chemicals into our bodies and the environment.


If you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle, it may be time for a makeup makeover! Pull out your favorite makeup products and check them for the following hazardous ingredients:


  • Talc: Found in powder foundations, blush and baby powder. Comprised of tiny fibers closely related to asbestos. May irritate the lungs when inhaled.
  • Parabens: Chemical preservatives found in nearly all commercial cosmetic and skin care products. May disrupt normal hormone and endocrine system processes, leading to numerous health problems.
  • Propylene Glycol: Included in lotions and baby wipes to help retain moisture. May cause skin irritation, headache, nausea and kidney problems.
  • Synthetic Fragrance/Color: Could be comprised of any number of thousands of potentially hazardous chemicals that may damage your health or the environment.  
  • Mineral Oil/Petroleum: Used in many cosmetics products such as moisturizer, foundation, lip gloss and makeup remover to promote moisture, yet is a major cause of dry skin, irritations and clogged pores.
  • Bronopol: Antibacterial chemical used in mascara. May cause skin irritations and redness. May break down, resulting in the release of formaldehyde.    


Surprised at what you found? These chemicals might seem hard to avoid, but there are many different natural makeup and cosmetics products, from blemish-hiding foundation to lash-lengthening mascara that can keep you feeling beautiful without the harmful and irritating effects of chemicals and mysterious ingredients. Look for paraben- and chemical-free products, enhanced with natural, plant-based scents, colors and moisturizing compounds. Let the makeover begin!