Using products that are supposed to improve your appearance can sometimes do more harm than good, which is why it’s important to know about the toxins in makeup that you might not be aware of, that can compromise your health.
5 Alarming Toxins in Makeup
In addition to the potential for aluminium poisoning, a recent report claims that aluminium could lead to an increased risk for Alzheimer’s, and many products like cosmetics, sunscreen and antiperspirants contain aluminium.
Talc can often become mixed with asbestos during mining and manufacturing, and scientists have been able to track the route of asbestos and talc from origin to exposure. The team traced it from the mines to the product to the lung tissue of a deceased mesothelioma patient who had used a particular body powder for years.
- BHA and BHT (Butylated Hydroxyanisole and Butylated Hydroxytoluene)
BHA and BHT have been classified as possible carcinogens, and long-term exposure to these compounds could lead to kidney, liver and thyroid problems. They can be found in lipsticks and moisturisers, among other types of cosmetics.
- Parabens and Phthalates
Many moisturisers and lotions can contain endocrine-disrupting phthalates or parabens which are linked to an increased risk of cancer. Studies have also shown that the more products you use, the higher the concentrations of phthalates and parabens in your body.
Manufacturers add tiny plastic beads to body washes and toothpaste, which wash down our drains into lakes and rivers where they’re consumed by fish.
- Cosmetic Toxins in Swimming Pools
A report compiled in 2014 suggests a possible health risk of personal products present in pool water samples. As swimmers don’t usually shower before swimming, toxins from the products wash off their skin and often don’t break down in chlorination as was initially thought.
More women are starting to demand toxin-free makeup. There are many organic, paraben-free, and natural cosmetics available, so look out for them and test them out on your skin to see if they’re a good fit.