Cosmetics and makeup is a key part of daily beauty routine most ladies can’t do without.  We put them on our face, body, lips, eyes, etc.

 According to the Environmental Working Group, most women use an average of 12 products containing about 168 distinctive ingredients every day. Since these products are what we constantly use, have we ever wondered what is in them? Do we even bother to check the ingredient label before we buy products? Did you know that some ingredients are really harmful to you?

These days, I see most people are embracing organic products because it is supposedly “safe” but how safe are these so-called “organic” products?  Most of them don’t even have any ingredient list on them. This means you don’t even know if what is in it might be potential harm to you.  As a rule, never ever buy a product without the ingredients listed on them.

 If cosmetics/makeup is a part of your daily routine, it is essential to think about what you’re putting on your skin because these things are absorbed by your pores and goes into your body.

Let’s talk about some harmful ingredients in your cosmetics/makeup to look out for when next you go shopping.

   6 Harmful Ingredients in Your Cosmetics

  1. Parabens

 Parabens are usually found in lotions, Facial/Shower Cleansers, Scrubs, Conditioners, and Shampoos. They are really harmful to you as they penetrate your skin very easily. One of the dangers of this ingredient is that it mimics the female sex hormone (estrogen) in the body hence disrupting the woman’s hormone function and becoming an endocrine disruptor. Parabens have also been linked to breast Cancer as it was found to be present in human breast cancer tissue.

  1. Phthalates

 phthalates are plasticizers they are added to plastic to keep it from becoming fragile and has been linked as a chemical that may be an endocrine disruptor that can lead to reproductive abnormalities, decreased production of testosterone in males, decreased male fertility, premature delivery, and endometriosis in women.

They are commonly found in deodorants, nail polish, eye shadow, scented lip balm, hair spray, etc. They can also be listed as “fragrances” in a cosmetic as most fragrances can also contain significant levels of Phthalates as a hidden ingredient to help scents last longer so, your best option is to steer clear of products that list “fragrance” and opt for ones that use essential oils, for example, to add scent to their products.

  1. Formaldehyde

Formaldehyde is usually used as a cosmetics preservative. This chemical commonly found in nail polishes, body washes, conditioners, shampoos, cleansers, and eye shadows was called out as a carcinogenic by the International Agency for Research on Cancer.  It has also been linked to causing a weak immune system, skin reactions, asthma, and neurotoxicity.

  1. Octinoxate

This chemical is commonly found in Foundations, Hair color products, shampoos, sunscreen, lipstick, nail polish, skin creams, etc. It has been linked to thyroid disorders and this is an unstable chemical linked with endocrine disruption and thyroid disorders.

  1. butylated compounds (BHT, BHA)

BHA and BHT usually used as fragrance have been linked to interfering with hormones. Commonly found in eyeliners, eye shadows, lipsticks, lip glosses,blushes, foundations, perfumes, moisturizers, cleansers, diaper creams, etc. they mimic estrogen and this can mess with both men and women hormones. It has also been linked to promoting the growth of tumors. These chemicals are known to be endocrine disruptors and have been linked to the organ system toxicity, developmental and reproductive toxicity, etc. It is best to avoid any cosmetics with these chemicals.

  1. Toluene (benzene, phenylmethane, methylbenzene)

These are chemicals gotten from petroleum or coal/tar sources. It has been linked to causing havoc with the immune system and damage to unborn children hence should be avoided in pregnancy.


Ladies lets stay safe!!!