Could Your Make-Up Be Toxic? 5 Products to Throw Away

Is your daily beauty routine harming your health?

We’re told we must have a patch test before we have HD Brows, just in case. And, when we visit our hairdressers for a highlight touch up we carefully avoid the tubs of bleach, but could the products sitting in our makeup bag be just as harmful?
Chemicals and other frightening ingredients are turning up in makeup, skin creams, and hair styling products, and retailers are starting to quickly change as the health dangers become more well known. One in eight of the 82,000 ingredients used in personal care products are industrial chemicals.
Recently, more and more brands are developing products that are both kind to skin and the environment. One well known brand kicking out the chemicals is Jessica Alba’s The Honest Company, as well as Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop.
It’s easy to disregard these as paranoid celebrities, who have the money to spend on premium products that contain organic and natural ingredients. But, we’d be making a mistake to not look twice at our make-up bag, as some ingredients are downright scary.

The Countdown





Sodium Laureth Sulfate








Coal Tar Dyes


The Worst Offenders

We hate to single out products, as their are thousands which contain potentially dangerous ingredients, but these were just some of the surprising discoveries from our study of three different stores:

Clarins Lift Anti-Rides Jour (Extra-Firming Day Cream)

L’Oreal Kids Smoothie Shampoo

Lancôme Photogenic Foundation

Neutrogena Deep Clean Invigorating Ultra Foam Cleanser

Rimmel Lasting Finish Foundation

Lead in Lipstick?

Fact or myth?

This has been proved to be true, following an alert by the campaign for safe cosmetics. They found that all of the lipsticks they tested contained lead. Bet you’re looking at your Mac Whirl in a whole new light now!

The lead levels were up to 7.19ppm, which is the same as some cigarette brands! The most dangerous brands included Loreal, Dior and Mac.

Shockingly, the natural brands were equally as bad – they found a Burt’s Bees lipbalm tested in the middle range for dangerous lead.

Consider that there is no safe level for lead (in other words there needs to be zero lead in order for a product to be considered safe) and you can see we’ve got a serious problem here.

Then consider that the FDA issued a consumer Q&A concluding that the lipsticks posed no danger if used correctly and you can see we’ve got another more serious problem here. In other words, gals, don’t lick your lips, eat anything while wearing lipstick, or kiss anyone and everything’s fine.


Moving Forward

Beauty giant CVS, which has near 10,000 stores announced plans this week to remove a list of ingredients from their store-brand products, including nearly 600 beauty and personal care items from CVS Health, Beauty 360, Essence of Beauty, and Blade product lines.

The Promise Organic line currently on shelves doesn’t contain any of these potential toxins, and is rapidly expanding in the US. So, it’s not all doom and gloom! Retailers are making big changes to give us more choice as shoppers.

It’s worth remembering that chemicals are not always a bad thing – pears are well known for containing traces of formaldehyde, however it’s the quantity  and range of chemicals in our everyday products that is concerning.

Keep a look out next time you do a boots shop and maybe look to switch out a couple of your most used products. It might be best to start with your shower gel and moisturiser, as these are the ones you pick up everyday, then you can slowly transfer more products across as the cosmetics industry takes a closer look at its ingredients.


What do you think about the amount of ingredients in our beauty products, is it something you look out for?

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