What's In My Beauty Products Anyway?

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What's In My Beauty Products Anyway?

Chemicals in make-up - Girl Zone

By Kristen Lauletti

When scanning the aisles of Target, Sephora or CVS looking for your beauty products, what really sets some of the brands apart from the rest? Is one eye mascara waterproof? Does that hairspray have an extra-strong hold that will ensure flyaways are no issue during soccer practice?  Maybe you go for that bronzer because it doesn’t make you sparkle like Edward Cullen when you put it on. Whatever the reasons behind why you choose to buy the beauty products that you do, there are undoubtedly features that you look for in all of them that help you decide which ones to ultimately buy in the end.

But how often do you base your decisions for personal care products off of what’s listed on the labels? Turns out, not all of your beauty products are made the same and some are actually made of ingredients that could be dangerous for you.

According to the Huffington Post, there are a bunch of ingredients to look out for while choosing your beauty and other personal care products. For example, did you know ingredients like imidazolidinyl urea can cause dermatitis from short-term use? Check out the whole list of potentially harmful ingredients here.

So, now you might ask yourself, “So what brands should I buy the next time I’m shopping for all of my beauty products?” Brands that are sure to be free from potentially harmful ingredients, include 100% Pure, BiteBeauty and Josie Maran. The brand 100% Pure has replaced problem ingredients like parabens, with a whole bunch of good stuff like antioxidants, herbs and vitamins. And what’s cool about BiteBeauty, is that the brand makes lipsticks that you can actually eat - ingredients like argan oil and Manuka honey are used! Josie Maran also uses a whole bunch of food ingredients like avocado, coconut oil and mango seed butter. Check out other safer cosmetic alternatives here!

When scanning the makeup aisles you will also notice that a lot of the labels read “natural.” Beware of this word because many times it can be quite misleading. One tip to use that will ensure the cosmetics you are buying are, in fact, natural, is that natural products will give a full list of all of the ingredients used and won’t be hiding anything or using any vague terms. For more tips on how to read cosmetics labels click here!

There is a site called The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics that will give you a full list of companies who have agreed to make safe, beautiful products for you that don’t include any of that toxic junk. This will make shopping for products a lot easier when you know what brands have all that good stuff in them.

Not only is it important to be aware of the chemicals that are in your makeup and hairspray, but it’s also beneficial to know what is in your food, clothes and your household products. You might be wondering, “So what exactly do I look for on labels to ensure that I’m buying safe products?”  Well, some key words include, “organic”, “Green Seal” and “Leaping Bunny” amongst other terms found on labels to ensure that your food, clothes and household products are safe and environmentally friendly.  

For more information, check out the links below!

Safer Brands of Cosmetics – www.inhabitots.com

Toxic ingredients to avoid on labels - http://www.huffingtonpost.com