Toxic beauty products in disguise

 

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   On most weekends you can find me strolling down the aisles of the local discount price club store. This past weekend, I was doing just that when a display caught my eye. Mineral make-up! This store usually does not sell any natural cosmetics and when I saw this, I was excited. It’s tough to find good (and affordable) natural cosmetics in a discount store! When I went over, the array of eye shadow and blush colors were beautiful! (Yes, this type of stuff thrills me.)

   I found out it was a traveling display. They would only be there for the weekend (so of course you would have to buy now to get the discount.) Immediately the saleswoman put a facial lotion on my arm for me to test. I was able to look on the back to read the ingredients. For a supposedly “natural” line, it sure had some unnatural ingredients. I saw propylene glycol and methyparaben to name a few. Both of these are chemicals used to enhance or preserve the shelf life of the product. Unfortunately, she had already put the lotion on my arm or I would have stopped her. Studies show that these ingredients cause serious diseases and should not be used!

   I did not have a chance to see the ingredients of the make-up, blush or eye shadows, but since I had seen the contents of the lotion, I was now mistrusting of the rest of the products. Be careful when buying so called “natural” products because this term is not regulated. They were claiming to be natural and were totally not. Become an educated, vigilant label reader and use safe beauty products!

Robin started her career as an educator of children and has now become an educator for adults everywhere who want to know the truth about what they put into their bodies through the skin. She is passionate about educating people to make better health and beauty choices.
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  • Alex

    Sorry, but what serious diseases are associated with propylene glycol? It has GRAS status. You can pretty much eat spoonfuls of it with no ill effects. The same goes for methylparaben, as far as I know.

  • http://www.toxicbeautyblog.com Organicgirl6

    Many ingredients in products are labeled as GRAS (“Generally Regarded as Safe”) and are still extremely dangerous to use over time. For years, it was regarded as safe to smoke…so I would not go by that. I would definitely NOT recommend eating it by the spoonful…PG has been linked with cancer , developmental disorders, allergies, and irritation. Methyparaben also causes cancer and organ toxicity. Check out the Skin Deep website (http://www.skindeep.com) for further information about cosmetic ingredients. You can search for any ingredient and see the risks associated with that ingredient as well as see a number score the EWG (Environmental Working Group.) gives it.