An Overview Of Make Up Products

Non-toxic make-up products tend to be a little pricier than the common commercial varieties, but your health and wellness are priceless. Use this overview of make-up products to help you decide which ingredients to keep on and off of your skin.

Make-Up and Heavy Metal
Many commercial make-up products contain trace amounts of heavy metals that can build up in your tissue and organ systems and may potentially lead to severe health complications like cancer, endocrine dysfunction, neurotoxicity and reproductive problems.

Metals like arsenic, beryllium, cadmium, lead, mercury, nickel, selenium and thallium won’t be listed on ingredients labels, but have been discovered in many commercial make-up products in independently performed laboratory tests.

These substances are considered “impurities,” meaning they were either created in the mixing and production process or were present within other ingredients, and therefore do not need to be listed on ingredients labels.

This works in the favor of the cosmetic corporations, as their consumers would most likely elect not to smear arsenic and lead onto their faces if they were informed of their presence.

Buying organic make-up products can greatly reduce your risk of contamination from these restricted heavy metals.

Preserve Your Make-up or Preserve Your Health?
Consumers often must choose between cheaper commercial make-up products laden with chemical preservatives or natural alternatives that may be more expensive.

Parabens are one of the most common ingredients in cosmetic products. Ingredients like butylparaben, methylparaben and propylparaben are used to preserve products and safeguard consumers against microorganisms, such as bacteria.

Usually a combination of two or more parabens are used in the same product so that individual paraben levels are kept down, however a compilation of parabens is no healthier for you than a similar amount of single parabens.

Parabens have been linked to immunotoxicity, organ system toxicity and disruption of the endocrine system, which regulates your glands and hormones. They’ve been associated with cellular mutation, which may cause precancerous cell formation.

In 1984, the Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR), an industry-funded organization, cited that butylparaben, methylparaben and propylparaben were safe for use in cosmetic products at levels up to 25 percent.

Today, parabens are used in level typically ranging from .01 to .03 percent, and their safety is still being called into question. When the CIR reviewed the matter in 2003, it determined there was no need to alter their original findings.

Consider opting for non-toxic skin care and make-up products that do not contain parabens.