April 04, 20195 Toxic Makeup Ingredients to Avoid at all Cost Don’t be fooled by “luxury” conventional makeup brands that promise the world; a high price tag doesn’t mean much at the end of the day! What’s most important when it comes to high-end, quality makeup is what’s on the label. The ingredients that are in the formula will distinguish a healthy product from one you want to stay far away from! In this article we wanted to highlight just 5 of the most toxic makeup ingredients so you know what you don’t want when looking for natural cosmetics! Parabens It makes sense to start with one of the most widely used preservatives in cosmetics today, but did you know that parabens are synthetic chemicals that can put your health at risk and possibly disrupt your hormonal system? In fact, parabens may even increase your risk of cancer! Parabens may be listed as methylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben, and ethylparaben on the label. Lead This scary ingredient is most common in lipstick, which is terrifying because lipstick often ends up in our mouths where toxic ingredients have instant access to our bloodstream. Lead is a neurotoxin that seems to affect hormones in women, and may reduce fertility and increase the risk of miscarriage. PEG Compounds Also known as polyethylene glycol, PEGs are petroleum-based compounds used in cream-based cosmetic formulas to soften and thicken formulations. The problem with PEGs is that they are usually contaminated with toxic ingredients like ethylene oxide, a known carcinogen, which means it can increase your risk of cancer! BHA and BHT Butylated compounds are preservatives added to products to extend the shelf life, from the food we eat to all sorts of cosmetics from eyeshadow to foundation to lipstick. These chemicals can cause anything from skin flare-ups to reproductive issues and an increase in disease so avoid wherever possible! Phthalates This nasty group of chemicals is actually used to make plastic soft and pliable, so it’s pretty alarming to know it's in many cosmetics! Phthalates are thought to be endocrine disruptors and may cause early puberty onset. Often listed as dimethylphthalate (DMP), dibutylphthalate (DBP), and diethylphthalate (DEP) on the label. These are just 5 of the most common toxins in conventional makeup brands, but the list goes on and on! To avoid toxins at all costs, be sure to invest in a brand that cares as much about the consumer as they do the quality of the product they put out there! All of our products are made with only natural, plant-based actives to feed your skin with nutrients while enhancing your natural beauty, and concealing your flaws. Best of all, you never have to worry about nasty chemicals seeping into your pores and then into your body, because all of our products are 100% free from chemicals and synthetics! You should never risk your health for beauty!