Many women think that the longer a product lasts, the better it is for their skin. The reality, however, may be very different. In fact, many cosmetics contain toxic ingredients that can have serious effects on your health over time. Did you know that up to 90% of all products on the market today contain cancer-causing ingredients? Since you wear make-up every day and you are constantly breathing in toxins through your skin, it’s important to know what harmful ingredients are lurking in your beauty products and how to avoid them.
Does make-up expire?
Here’s the thing: make-up doesn’t technically expire in the traditional sense. However, over time, it can become a breeding ground for bacteria which can lead to skin infections. Plus, the ingredients in your make-up can break down and become less effective (or even toxic) over time. So how can you tell if your make-up is expired?
What ingredients to avoid in your make-up
When it comes to make-up, we often don’t think about the ingredients that go into our products. But some of these ingredients can be toxic and even cause health problems. Here are some ingredients to avoid in your make-up mercury, lead, dioxane (which is used as a solvent), formaldehyde (which is used as a preservative), quaternium-15 (used as a preservative), ammonium laureth sulfate (surfactant used in most shampoos) among others. And if you have sensitive skin or an allergy to fragrance or alcohol, read labels carefully!
Organic and natural makeup products – where to find them?
Organic and natural makeup products are becoming more and more popular as people become more aware of the toxic ingredients in conventional makeup. But where can you find these products? Here are a few tips to help steer clear of harmful, toxic makeup ingredients:
1) Look for natural or organic cosmetics brands that do not use parabens, phthalates, or synthetic fragrances.
2) Avoid lipsticks that contain lead acetate, which is a cheap, but dangerous ingredient used to give lipstick its shine.
3) Know what your cosmetics are made from by reading the labels on them!
What alternative does this leave us with?
When it comes to make-up, we all want to look our best. But what if your make-up is actually making you sick? It’s important to be aware of the ingredients in your make-up and whether or not they may be expired. Here are some tips on how to tell if your make-up is making you sick 1) Does your skin break out more when you wear it?
2) Is there a change in consistency, such as separation or clumping when applied?
3) Does the product smell funky?
4) Is there a change in color over time (does it darken)?