Toxic Cosmetics: Its Time for the Industry to Save Face

Going green — By Stephanie on July 21, 2010 at 6:36 am
woman applying lipstick Toxic Cosmetics: Its Time for the Industry to Save Face

Make sure your lipstick isn't made with toxic ingredients

That new eye cream you just bought could take years off your appearance.  Or maybe it will take your life?

In a new book, No More Dirty Looks and its supporting blog, a pair of journalists uncover the secrets lurking in your beauty bag.  Toxic cosmetics – from hair products to makeup – may contain mercury, tar, formaldehyde, lead, petroleum and hormone disrupters.

Can you imagine?

You wouldn’t ingest that stuff willingly, but when you put it on your lips, skin and hair, you do!  Not only can these carcinogens seep in through pores, but they are also unknowingly inhaled and even eaten (ever wonder where lipstick goes) by consumers.

Although the sunscreen industry has worked to remove parabens from its products (which potentially disrupt hormones, damage sea life and cause cancer), the rest of the mainstream hair, makeup and skin care companies need to follow suit.

According to authors Siobhan O’Connor and Alexandra Spunt, the cosmetics industry is filled with toxic products and is not well-regulated at all.  Unlike groceries and prescriptions that are subject to oversight by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), there is really not an umbrella organization watching out for our health as we strive to look good.

 Toxic Cosmetics: Its Time for the Industry to Save Face

Could your makeup be making you sick?

Your best bet when it comes to natural beauty is to… well… go natural.  Sure, you could stop using cosmetics overall.  But by purchasing organic alternatives or even making your own homemade products, you’ll soon discover that “green” is beautiful and healthy!

We’ve found a few companies/websites that offer organic cosmetics:

For more tips on green beauty and cosmetics, be sure to visit No More Dirty Looks blog!

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