Guest Post: Are Your Favorite Beauty Products Harmful?

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Author's Bio: Before joining ConsumerSafety.org, Bridget had two years experience of working with national brands in the digital marketing space. With a background in marketing, social media, and journalism, Bridget brings a diverse skill set and a passion for connecting with others to the ConsumerSafety.org team.

Powdered makeup & Baby powder | Talc Dangers
​ : Linked to Ovarian cancer & risk of lung disease if you breathe in fibers. Can contain asbestos. Found in
​ : baby powder, eyeshadow, bronzer, blush, lip balm What to look for in ingredients
​ : Talc Alternatives
​ : Talc free products

Moisturizer | Parabens Dangers
​ : Disrupts endocrine system and can lead to early puberty. Certain parabens have been associated with breast cancer. Found in
​ : moisturizer, shaving creams, mascara What to look for in ingredients
​ : butylparaben and isopropylparaben (most toxic parabens) Alternatives
​ : All natural products

Nail Polish | Phthalates Dangers
​ : Decreased hormone levels, low sperm quality, obesity, ovarian aging, can lead to cancer. Found in
​ : shampoo, perfume, colored cosmetics, nail polish What to look for in ingredients
​ : DBP or ​di-n-butyl phthalate, DEP or diethyl phthalate Alternatives
​ : ​Choose options that do not contain DBP and avoid fragranced products.
 Makeup Remover | Formaldehyde Dangers
​ : Labeled as a human carcinogen by the National Toxicity Program. Linked to cancer toxicity. Found in
​ : makeup remover, eyelash glue, hair products, eye cream, colored cosmetics What to look for in ingredients
​ : Formaldehyde, quaternium-15, DMDM hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea, diazolidinyl urea, polyoxymethylene urea, sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol (bromopol) and glyoxal Alternatives
​ : formaldehyde-free or “toxic-trio-free” products, coconut oil

Lipstick | Lead Dangers
​ : Developmental and reproductive issues. Kidney, blood, respiratory toxicity. There is no safe level of lead exposure. Found in
​ : Lipstick What to look for in ingridients
​ : Lead is not on ingredient labels, but 61% of lipsticks contain lead. Alternatives
​ : Cut back on applying as often. Lipgloss, chapstick or homemade lipstick.

Shampoo | Cocamide Diethanolamine Dangers
​ : Linked to cancer and allergic reactions. Found in
​ : shampoo, soap, shaving cream (foaming agent in soaps) What to look for in Ingredients
​ : Items that include DEA, TEA, and MEA Alternatives
​ : All natural products (read labels carefully, as natural brands can still contain chemicals)

Sunscreen/Anti Aging Creams | Retinyl Palmitate Dangers
​ : Linked to cancer and Developmental and reproductive toxicity. Found in
​ : Sunscreen, moisturizers, anti aging cream, foundation What to look for in Ingredients
​ : Retinol, vitamin A, retinyl acetate, retinyl palmitate, all-trans retinoic acid, tretinoin Alternatives
​ : Eating food rich in healthy fats, coconut oil, avoid products containing retinyl palmitate and all-trans retinoic acid

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