Do you know what’s in your make-up case 원북스 다운로드? The average woman uses at least 12 personal care products a day, all of which contain at least 168 different chemicals, says a report by the Environmental Working Group in the US.
That’s a lot of chemicals on your skin, and contrary to what we may believe – anything that’s applied to the skin can be just as harmful as ingesting. The skin is the largest living organ of the body and just as you’re mindful about what you eat and drink, you also need to consider what your skin is absorbing.
Here are some of the common nasties. The first four are the most frequent offenders in cosmetic products:
- Added fragrances
Many make-up and beauty products have a pleasant scent, which is usually thanks to added fragrances. But, that added perfume can cause skin irritation. Try to steer clear of products with “added fragrance” or “added perfume”, unless it’s from essential oils.
- Formaldehyde and formaldehyde releasers
One in five cosmetic products contain formaldehyde, or a substance that can produce formaldehyde. This is also a common ingredient in the treatment for Brazilian blowouts. Formaldehyde and formaldehyde releasers are both carcinogenic chemicals which can cause cancer.
- Mineral oil and petroleum jelly
While both mineral oil and petroleum jelly are effective at retaining moisture, they can be comedogenic, meaning they can clog pores and cause acne and blackheads. According to the International Journal of Cosmetic Science, both are derived from fossil fuels, which can’t be metabolised by the human body.
Parabens are often used as a preservative in cosmetic products, but has the same chemical structure as oestrogen, which can increase the risk of breast cancer, according to research published in the Journal of Applied Toxicology.
Other chemicals to watch out for:
- Ethanolamines, found in soap, shampoo, sunscreen and make-up. It has a toxic effect on organs and has been linked to cancer.
- Oxybenzones, commonly found in sunscreen, has been linked to early puberty in girls.
- Hydroquinone, linked to an increase in skin cancer, and often found in cleansers, moisturisers, and some anti-blemish products. Hydroquinone has been banned in some countries as it can contain traces of mercury. Hydroquinone has also been linked to skin infections.
- Butylated is a waxy substance in lipsticks and eye shadows and can cause skin irritation Butylated is also linked to cancer and can be toxic to the reproductive system.
- Triclosan and triclocarban are antibacterial agents that are usually included in oral hygiene products and hand and facial cleansers. According to research, these chemicals are linked to infertility, early puberty and cancer.
- Coal tar is a carcinogen known to cause cancer in humans and found in beauty products.
- Toluene, a petrochemical solvent and paint thinner, found in nail varnish, which can have a toxic effect on the organs.
- Mica, found in eye shadows, skin care products and other make-up, often used to give a product shimmer. It can cause respiratory problems when the small particles are inhaled.
- Teflon, which is also found in non-stick cookware. It’s linked to cancer.
- Carbon black is used as a pigment in eye make-up, like mascara or eyeliner and has also been linked to cancer.
Safe and pretty
Some of us may be more sensitive to certain chemicals than others, but it’s also worthwhile checking with a doctor or dermatologist if anything dodgy crops up on your skin. Always read the labels carefully!
- International Journal of Cosmetic Science, 2012, issue 6