Fatal Attraction: Cosmetics and Chemicals [infographic]

February 7, 2012 |  by  |  Health, Lifestyle, Politics

What girl doesn’t love makeup? Who doesn’t love having a flawless complexion, rosy cheeks, perfectly pink lips, and mile long lashes? Not to mention how much love we have for products. We love to smell good, feel soft and silky, and be primped to perfection. Although these products make you look great, American cosmetic companies are allowing harmful chemicals into our beloved products.

The cosmetic industry is self regulated and allows companies to include harmful chemicals, 89% of which have not been tested by the FDA. The aluminum in deodorant has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease and the application of deodorant may be linked to breast cancer. Deodorants are not washed off and the harmful chemicals can collect in the arm pit and upper breast area. Until the FDA begins to regulate deodorants, try natural alternatives that can be found at Swanson.

Lipstick contains more lead than the FDA’s upper limit for candy. Most women wear lipstick every day and the long term exposure can lead to DNA damage. The oxybenzone in sunscreen is linked to hormone disruption and cellular disease. Mothers need to be warned about the harmful chemicals in baby products such baby shampoo, bubble bath, hand soap and anti static spray.

Something needs to change. Because of my sensitive skin I use all natural products almost exclusively, but I will have to swap out some of my makeup products after reading this infographic. Until some changes are made in the government to increase regulations, you should try to buy all natural products. The Whole Foods beauty and bath department is fantastic, and Swanson Health Products is an online resource for natural products at reduced prices. Now that you have options you can adjust your beauty routine and exclude harmful chemicals. [Via]

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  • Gus

    “Propylene glycol is bad for you because it’s the same thing as anti-freeze”. That’s called a non-sequitur.

  • Robin Adler

    Awesome!!! I will be sharing on my Facebook page and webiste: Toxic Beauty Blog.

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  • LadyBronco

    I think you meant “quaternium-15″.

  • Aspazola

    Affected Organ Systems: Dermal (Skin), Renal (Urinary System or Kidneys), Respiratory (From the Nose to the Lungs)

    Cancer Effects: None

    Chemical Classification: None

    Summary: Propylene glycol is a synthetic liquid substance that absorbs water. Propylene glycol is also used to make polyester compounds, and as a base for deicing solutions. Propylene glycol is used by the chemical, food, and pharmaceutical industries as an antifreeze when leakage might lead to contact with food. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has classified propylene glycol as an additive that is “generally recognized as safe” for use in food. It is used to absorb extra water and maintain moisture in certain medicines, cosmetics, or food products. It is a solvent for food colors and flavors, and in the paint and plastics industries. Propylene glycol is also used to create artificial smoke or fog used in fire-fighting training and in theatrical productions. Other names for propylene glycol are 1,2-dihydroxypropane, 1,2-propanediol, methyl glycol, and trimethyl glycol. Propylene glycol is clear, colorless, slightly syrupy liquid at room temperature. It may exist in air in the vapor form, although propylene glycol must be heated or briskly shaken to produce a vapor. Propylene glycol is practically odorless and tasteless.

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  • Katy

    Lush Cosmetics is awesome for natural soaps, moisturizers, deodorants, makeup, etc. They also never test on animals so BONUS!

  • Rachel

    They do know pencil “lead” isn’t really lead right? It’s graphite mixed with clay… which is a non-toxic alternative to a true lead pencil. So drawing on your lips with a pencil is not the same as using lipstick with lead in it. Graphite is completely harmless… lead is not.

    • Reading is Fundamental

      It did not say that drawing on your lips with a pencil was the same as using lipstick with lead in it. It said, ” In fact, you’d be better off drawing on your lips with a pencil.”, which implies that drawing on your lips with a pencil would be safer that wearing lipstick. That’s the point you missed.

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