Everyday we take a shower, take a bath, put on some creams or lotions and then put on our favorite make up. This becomes a daily routine for most women around the world. Using certain products can make us clean and fresh in a daily basis but have you ever wonder how these products are made and what chemical does it contain? You may think that using cleaning and beauty products are totally safe and fine because they are widely sold and advertised in the market and in any forms of media.
However, no matter how good these products are, there are still disadvantages from using and exposure from these silent killers. Unfortunately, there are harmful chemicals that are commonly found in our day to day products that you may not know.
Lead exposure has been linked to a serious reproductive, immune and nervous system toxicity.
Products: Lip products, whitening toothpaste, eyeliner, nail color, foundations, sunscreens, eye shadows, blush, concealer, moisturizers, eye drops
Ethanolamines are harmful chemicals that functions as a cleaning agent.
Products: Soaps, shampoos, hair conditioners and dyes, lotions, shaving creams, paraffin and waxes, household cleaning products, pharmaceutical ointments, eyeliners, mascara, eye shadows, blush, make-up bases, foundations, fragrances, sunscreens
Phenoxyethanol is used as a preservative and a stabilizer in some products. Exposure to it has been linked to reactions ranging from eczema to severe, life-threatening allergic reactions.
Products: Moisturizer, eye shadow, foundation, sunscreen, conditioner, mascara, eye liner, shampoo, lip gloss, concealer, body wash, hand cream, blush, hair color, hair spray, lip balm, lotion, nail polish, baby wipes, baby lotions and soaps, soap (liquid and bar), shaving cream, deodorant, toothpaste, fragrance, hair removal waxes, hand sanitizer and ultrasound gel
Parabens are highly endocrine-disrupting chemicals which can be absorbed through skin, blood and the digestive system.
Products: Shampoos, conditioners, lotions, facial and shower cleansers and scrubs
Phthaletes these chemicals can cause endocrine disruption, developmental and reproductive toxicity, and cancer, have been banned from cosmetics in the European Union, but still remain prevalent in U.S. products.
Products: Color cosmetics, fragranced lotions, body washes and hair care products, nail polish and treatment
Triclosan is commonly used as antimicrobial agents that can lead to serious health issues such as endocrine disruption, bioaccumulation, and the emergence of bacteria resistant to antibodies and antibacterial products.
Products: Antibacterial soaps and detergents, toothpaste and tooth whitening products, antiperspirants/deodorants, shaving products, creams, color cosmetics
Teflonin is a non-stick ingredient commonly found in make-up. It has been associated with delayed menstruation, later breast development and cancer.
Products: Foundation, pressed powder, loose powder, bronzer, blush, eye shadow, mascara, shave gel, lip balm, anti-aging lotion
Homosalate is a sunscreen chemical that potentially disrupts endocrine and impact hormones. In addition to direct health concerns following homosalate exposure, the chemical may also enhance the absorption of pesticides in the body.
Products: Sunscreen, Skin Care Products with Sun Protection
Hydroquinone is linked to cancer and organ-system toxicity.
Products: Skin lighteners, facial and skin cleansers, facial moisturizers, hair conditioners, finger nail coating products
Carbon Black is a dark black powder used as a pigment in cosmetics It is produced by incomplete combustion of carbon-based products such as coal tar, and has been linked to increased incidence of cancer and negative effects on organs.
Products: Eyeliner, mascara, nail-polish, eye shadow, brush-on-brow, lipstick, blushers, rouge, makeup, and foundation
Coal tar is a known carcinogen derived from burning coal.
It has been scientifically proven that application of and exposure to coal tar produce skin tumors and neurological damage.
Products: Shampoos and scalp treatments, soaps, hair dyes, and lotions
Sopropyl acetone, methyl ethyl ketone, and n-methyl-pyrrolidone – these chemicals may cause reproductive harm and organ toxicity. They are a serious concern for nail salon workers and pregnant women.
Products: Nail polish remover
Talc Some talc may contain carcinogen like asbestos, therefore it should be avoided in powders and other personal care products, unless it is known to be asbestos-free. Even asbestos-free talc should be avoided in the pelvic areas.
Products: Baby powder, body and shower products, lotions, feminine hygiene products, eyeshadow, foundation, lipstick, deodorants and face masks
Octinoxate, also called Octyl methoxycinnamate or (OMC), is a UV filter. This chemical can disrupt endocrine and mimics estrogen and can disrupt thyroid function.