Are You Eating Dangerous Chemicals?
Feb24

Are You Eating Dangerous Chemicals?

Do you know what’s in your lipstick? Did you know that studies have found that many lipsticks contain harmful ingredients including lead? Some manufacturers list the ingredients in their lipstick but they aren’t required to by the federal government. Here’s a list of harmful ingredients you should avoid the next time you are looking for a new shade (you also might want to check your current lipsticks for these ingredients!) Ingredients to Avoid Parabens- On the label, long words with “paraben” in them, like methylparaben or propylparaben, indicate they are a member of the paraben family. According to Skin Deep, these chemicals can act as potential endocrine disruptors (they can mess with your hormones). Phthalates- Phthalates have been shown to damage the liver, kidneys, lungs and reproductive systems in laboratory animals. Phalates can be asbsorbed through the skin, which is worrisome since lipstick is easy to get in your system. Two commonly used types of phthalates found in cosmetics are butyl benzyl phthalate (BBP) and dibutyl phthalate (DBP). Oxybenzone- If a lipstick claims to protect your lips from the sun’s harmful rays, look out for Oxybenzone. It has been linked to allergies, hormone disruption, and cell damage, according to an Environmental Working Group Report. Fragrance- When listed on an ingredient list, this is a red flag. It can stand in for a number of chemicals, including phthalates. Lead- Unfortunately there is no way to know if your lipstick contains lead, which can occur naturally in some lipstick ingredients; exposure to lead can cause brain...

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