What's Really In Your Cosmetics?

December 4, 2018

Alright, I'm going be honest.

I didn't care. I didn't care for a very long time.

Why would I buy makeup or skincare line for that price when I could buy other things at the dollar store? Or better yet, why wouldn't I just use what the beauty gurus on youtube use?

The truth of the matter is The U.S. is super lenient about what they allow in their products. 80,000 chemicals are registered for use in the consumer products. Most of these do NOT have any type of health or safety data, especially those that are used in beauty.  As a matter of facts, some of products that are considered "amazing", probably aren't even allowed in other countries. Why? Because the cosmetic industry in The U.S. has not passed a major federal law regulating the cosmetics industry since 1938!!!

Since nothing has changed since the late 1930's,  the U.S. only bans or restricted 30 ingredients, while Canada has banned nearly 600 and the European Union has banned roughly 1,400! 

That is absolutely ridiculous to me.

So what are just *some*  products should you be aware of, that are probably found in your cosmetics line now?

  • Benzalkonium Chloride: a disinfectant used as a preservative and surfactant associated with severe skin, eye, and respiratory irritation and allergies. Found in: sunscreens and moisturizers.
  • BHA and BHT: Synthetic antioxidants used to extend shelf life. They are likely carcinogens and hormone disruptions and may cause liver damage. Found in: Lipsticks, moisturizers, diaper creams, other cosmetics.
  • Ethanolamines (MEA/DEA/TEA): sufactants and pH adjusters linked to allergies, skin toxicity, hormone disruption, and inhibited fetal brain development. Found in: hair dyes, mascara, foundation, fragrances, sunscreens, dry cleaning solvents, paint, and pharmaceuticals.
  • Formaldehyde: Used as a preservative in cosmetics. A KNOWN carcinogen that is also linked to asthma, neurotoxicty, and developmental toxicity. Present where quaternium-15, DMDM hydantion, imidazolidinyl urea, diazolidinyl urea, sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1, 3 diol (Bronopol), and several other preservatives are listed. Found in: Shampoo, body wash, bubble bath.
  • Oxybenzone: Sunscreen agent and ultraviolet light absorber linked to irritation, sensitization, allergies, and possible hormone disruption. Found in: sunscreens, moisturizers.
  • Parabens (Methyl-, Isobutyl-, Propyl-, and others): A class of preservatives commonly used to prevent the growth of bacteria and mold. Parabens are endocrine (or hormone) disrupters, which may alter important hormone mechanisms in our bodies. Found in: shampoo, face cleansers, body wash, body lotion, foundation. 
  • Retinyl Palmitate and Retinol (Vitamin A): A nutrient that may damage DNA and speed the growth of skin tumors when used topically. Found in: moisturizers, anti-aging skincare.
  • Synthetic Flavor or Fragrance: An engineered scent or flavoring agent that may contain any combination of 3,000-plus stock chemical ingredients, including hormone disruptors and allergens. Fragrance formulas are protected under federal law's classification of trade secrets and therefore can remain UNDISCLOSED! Found in: all types of cosmetics.

Is that list mind blowing? It truly was to me. 

I never realized what all was 100% legal to have in our cosmetics and we would never know the difference. No wonder so many health problems are at a national high! I mean, I'm not saying we should abandon everything. Just because it is a chemical doesn't necessarily mean it's harmful, just like something being natural doesn't automatically prove healthy. But I truly believe the US needs to step up the game a little. 

So what am I doing to make a change?

I joined an amazing company. The company is called Beauty Counter

Their mission is to get safer products into the hands of everyone. We create safer, cleaner cosmetics and skin care products. We are a direct-retail brand(not to be confused with an MLM by the way). However this company actively works to educate the public about enviromental health issues, advocate for health-protective laws, and build a movement for change. 

Beauty Counter is a Certified B Corporation. The B stands for Benefit, which means unlike traditional corporate structure, we consider people, the planet and profits. 

Some fun facts: 
  • We do not test on animals.
  • We make clean cosmetics and skincare.
  • The Never List is a list of over 1,500 harmful or questionable ingredients we prohibit the use of when formulating our products.
  • We do not compromise on product performance or safety.

Would you like to join a mission full of like minded women, who are urging for change in the cosmetic industry? You won't regret it.

Because of this, I have dedicated a brand new side of DeAnnaHill.com to specifically clean beauty! Click on the new logo for Natural Edge Beauty to find out more or click the Join Mission photo to help get you more info about joining this amazing mission.

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