Women love colors and this shows when we reach cosmetic aisle.
We look for pretty and bright colors of lipsticks. But every time you slather a flash of
color across your lips, you could be applying an alarming dose of lead to your mouth, a
part of the body where metal is easily absorbed and ingested. In fact, a new report found
lead contamination in cosmetics is more widespread than previously thought.
400 lipsticks tested positive for the brain damaging contaminant.
The lead which isn't listed on the ingredient breakdown could coming from the colorant
or another contaminated ingredient.
To look your best without wrecking your health, learn how to avoid these 5 toxic
ingredients commonly used in cosmetics.
If a cosmetic product lists "Fragrance" or "Parfum" as an ingredient, you might want to
put it right back on shelf. These terms are phrases that can indicate any of thousands
of different chemicals, including some linked to "Asthma" and allergies.
The best advice is "Simpler is better"
Parabens, preservative chemicals that have been linked to breast cancer, can be found
in 70 to 90 percent of cosmetics.
While synthetic preservatives like parabens are cheap and work effectively in a broad
range of products, their possible side effects on human health may be a big price to
Triclosan is an antimicrobial chemical that linked to thyroid damage and partially blamed
for the rise in hard to kill superbugs like MRSA. It's a common ingredient in antimicrobial
soaps, but some cosmetic companies sneak it into lipstick and other products, too.
Look for triclosan on ingredient labels, and particularly on labels making claims of being
antimicrobial or germ free.
4. Formaldehyde-Releasing preservatives
Formaldehyde is a known human carcinogen, something you definitely don't want to be
applying to your body. The problem is many common preservatives in cosmetics and
personal care products mix with other ingredients and start releasing formaldehyde.
5. Sodium Laureth Sulfate and other PEG compounds
Sodium Laureth sulfate is a foaming agent used in Shampoos and facial scrubs to
help your absorb lotions and other skin products.
It's commonly contaminated with potential and proven cancer causers like 1,4-dioxane
and ethylene oxide, and products listed as PEG or polyethlene glycol often face
carcinogenic contamination problems. It should be avoided whenever possible.