How Toxic Is Your Makeup?


It’s time to rethink the products you use on your hair and skin, because they are full of toxic chemicals that are harmful to both you and the environment. Every makeup product is allowed to have up to 10,000 ingredients in it, and as you can imagine, majority of these tend to be chemicals. More than 90 percent of the products released on the market have not been tested thoroughly to find out how they impact human health. If that sounds scary to you, it is time to start rethinking your makeup

Use fewer products
As much as fashion magazines might insist that you absolutely have to use every single makeup product ever produced, try to figure out which ones you really need. Narrow down your list to just a few products and use them sparingly. Replace your makeup products with DIY home remedies that will work out cheaper, safer and much healthier in the long run.

Rank your products
In order to help you choose, look online for programs that calculate how many chemicals and toxins there are in each of your makeup products and also rank them in order of how safe or unsafe they are. Use the products that have been ranked as the least toxic.

Check the ingredients
Before buying makeup products, check the list of ingredients that has been printed on it. Try to buy products that have fewer ingredients and avoid ingredients like sodium lauryl or laureth sulfate, parabens, diethanolamine (DEA), triethanolamine (TEA), diazolidinyl and imidazolidinyl urea, PEGs and quaternium 15.

Avoid fragrances
Many makeup products list the word “fragrances” on their list of ingredients. Though it is just one word, this one word could actually encompass hundreds of chemicals. The product manufacturers claim that they do not want to give away their secrets, but in reality they use this term to mask several other harmful chemicals that have major health risks.

Ignore the product’s claims
While many makeup products may claim to make you healthier in some way or another, ignore their claims and check their ingredients. In many countries, most of the chemicals used in makeup products are classified as natural, so you may be using a very toxic product even though the label claims that it is natural or organic.


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