A lot of people read labels on food to make sure it is not overly processed and good enough to eat. You should give the same treatment to the things you put on your body. Reading the labels on your makeup and doing your research on the cosmetic companies you buy from can really help you weed out who uses harmful chemicals as their ingredients, and who does not. There are a lot of big words on makeup ingredient labels, so a lot of common questions are similar to what is DBP and how harmful is it? I will try to take a few of the biggest chemicals and answer those questions for you.
Parabens are in a lot of beauty products such as nail polish, shaving cream, and even baby products. Parabens are used to preserve these products, and are very cheap and effective. Parabens can affect hormonal activity and are found in breast cancer tumors. Be especially careful when giving makeup to your growing girls because this can have a negative effect on puberty.
Phthalates is also known as DBP (dibutyl phthalate), DMP (di methyl phthalate), and DEP (diethyl phthalate). These buggers seem to produce the most problems. Phthalates can affect both male and female reproductive systems, damage your liver and kidneys, and can even transform cells into cancer. Yikes!
Lead is very similar to mercury and can be found in eye makeup and hair dye. Lead harms the nervous system and can lead to behavioral defects. However, mercury is a little more dangerous and can damage your respiratory and reproductive systems, along with your kidneys.
These chemicals are just the tip of the iceberg. There are so many other chemicals companies use that could be harmful for you internally and externally. Nail polish, such as butter London and Julep, guaranteed that they are free of some of these harmful chemicals, but other companies do’t make that a priority. You should! A MuT member found a long list of the ingredients in most cosmetics; check it out so you know what you are putting on your body.