Is Your Makeup Toxic?

Last week we took a peek at five products that contain toxic and harmful ingredients. These products were not hard to find, they were things that I had in my old makeup bag. A few of the products we discussed are the natural cosmetics on the market.

As we saw, the products that might not make you sick did another dubious job for the beauty industry — they irritate and damage your skin. Did you know that many of the ingredients in acne treatments, makeup and skincare actually aggravate your skin, causing breakouts, redness, and dryness so that you need to wear more makeup?

Appalled? Me too.

The problem is, we’ve only scratched the surface of what’s really out there. The world’s most popular makeup brands manufacture products for you that contain ingredients we know to be toxic and inflammatory. So why are they still in your makeup?

Well, the laws governing the use of chemical ingredients are so limited that many carcinogens and toxins are legally allowed in makeup and skincare products. This needs to change, and we here at Geti Cosmetics are doing our part to help encourage our governments to re-evaluate these regulations.

What can you do right now to help ensure your products are safe?

There have been a few great articles that can help guide you in what to look for on your labels. The best bet? Choosing a cosmetic and skincare line with 100% natural ingredients and nothing to hide on the labels.

Let’s have a look at some of the products you might be using right now…

This popular Beauty Balm (BB Cream) states that it will “stay all day”, which is fitting as some of the ingredients will stay in your body for the rest of your life:

 Water/Aqua, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Hydroxypropylcocoate PEG-8 Dimethicone, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Glycerin, Isopentyldiol, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Sodium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Phytic Acid, Silica, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-37, Pisum Sativum (Pea) Extract, Glucosamine HCl, Bambusa Vulgaris (Bamboo) Leaf/Stem Extract, Algae Extract, Artemisia Vulgaris (Mugwort) Extract, Sodium Hydroxide, Citric Acid, Fragrance/Parfum, Limonene,Hexyl Cinnamic Aldehyde, Butylphenyl Methyl Propional, Linalool May Contain (+/-) Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77499, CI 77492, CI 77491).

All bolded ingredients are known toxins, and everything in bold italic is also an irritant, known to cause allergic reactions or breakouts/acne, according to the Environmental Working Group’s website. Does this sound like the kind of product made to make you feel/look more beautiful?

This bronzer is sold everywhere and is often recommended to people with sensitive skin:

Fluorphlogopite, HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Glycerin, Squalane, Dicalcium Phosphate, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Polysorbate 80, 1,2-Hexanediol, PTFE (aka TEFLON), Dimethicone, Silica, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-di-t-butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Chondrus Crispus, Xanthan Gum, Zinc Stearate, Lauroyl Lysine, Cimicifuga Racemosa Root Extract, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Inositol, Tocopherol. May Contain: Iron Oxides, Mica, Titanium Dioxide.

Don’t just take our word for it. Have a look at the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep website, where you can search a database of over 70,000 products and ingredients so you always know what’s in your products.

I was so disappointed to see how many ingredients on one label were so toxic for you, and it goes to show that we must be diligent and really look at what’s in the products we use, even when marketing claims make a product seem natural or good for you.

Our promise at Geti Cosmetics is that we’ll always sell products made entirely from food-grade ingredients that you’d eat, so you can feel good putting them on your skin. What’s more? We want you to know what’s in our products, so you know that you can trust Geti with your own skin, and the skin of your loved ones.

Interested to learn more about ingredients from an outside source? Have a read of this listing by the David Suzuki Foundation.

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