makeup toxicYou wear makeup to feel better about yourself.

A little blush, some mascara, and of course, a gentle cleanser to keep your skin looking its best.

But if you’re wearing or using any of these toxic makeup and toiletry ingredients – and they’re widespread enough, you probably are – then you risk making your health worse, even as you think you look better.

Don’t just assume that everything you use on your face and skin is safe.

Instead, look for these toxic makeup and cosmetic ingredients on your labels – and avoid them!

1. BHA, or butylated hydroxyanisole. BHA makes for a good preservative, and is actually an antioxidant, so one might think it isn’t toxic in makeup. However, it’s also been labeled “reasonably anticipated to be a carcinogen”, especially in high concentrations. While no one product should have enough to be a problem, BHAs are widespread, occurring in more than twenty different everyday products.

2. DMDM Hydantoin. Another preservative, DMDM Hydamtoin is problematic because it releases formaldehyde. As such, it can create skin, eye, and/or lung irritation, among other medical consequences, in people who use products that contain this particular preservative, such as eye cream, bath soaks, eye makeup, and moisturizer among others. Its overall hazard level is ranked as moderate to high.

3. Diazolidinyl Urea and Imidazolidinyl Urea. Like DMDM Hydamtoin, these are preservatives and formaldehyde releasers, so can potentially cause skin irritation and other problems. While Diazolidinyl Urea is found in more products, Imidazolidinyl Urea is far from rare.

4. Mineral oil. While your mother and grandmother may have sworn by mineral oil as a makeup remover and moisturizer, you should be a bit more cautious. Since mineral oil is, at its core, a petroleum product, it can be a toxic makeup ingredient if it hasn’t been refined and purified properly. The good news is that there are safer makeup removers and bath oils available these days.

5. PEGs, or polyethylene glycol. In fairness, PEGs themselves don’t make makeup toxic. So why are they on this list? Because a by-product of PEGs can be a problem. The process used to create PEGs also results in the formation of dioxins, which can sometimes still be found in makeup and toiletries containing the PEGs. But because dioxins are a by-product of an ingredient, not an official ingredient, you won’t find them listed on any label. Look instead for the PEGs on various creams, moisturizers, cleansers, and even lip balms.

6. Phthalates. Phthalates are chemicals used in plastics and solvents, which may be reason enough to not want them in your makeup. In case it’s not, though, know that in animal studies phthalates have caused negative health consequences. Even the CDC says that the effects of phthalates on people is unknown. Yet they’re often left of labels – and are used in everything from perfume to nail polish and hand cream.

7. Triclosan. The European Union has banned the pesticide, triclosan, from all use, including in toxic makeup and other personal health products, finding it to be “toxic and bioaccumulative.” In other words, not only is it dangerous for people to be exposed to triclosan, but it builds up in the body, rather than processing out, so the effects can be cumulative. The FDA acknowledges that animal testing points to an undeniable need for further studies to establish just how harmful triclosan can be. Under stronger steps are taken here in the US, look for it – and avoid it – in moisturizers, acne treatments, and even toothpastes.

Next Steps for Beautiful – Nontoxic – Skin

While it may seem like you have no alternatives to toxic makeup, you really do. Great strides have been made in the last several years, as more and more people are choosing healthier, more natural options in their skin care and beauty routines.

There are several lines of organic makeup and cleansers. Plus, some cosmetics, you can even make yourself!

And you can always keep skin looking youthful and healthy by working from the outside in – take specially formulated anti-aging supplements, like Lumivella, to look years younger without any makeup at all!

Wearing makeup shouldn’t be a health risk. So check your labels for these toxic makeup ingredients, and take Lumivella. Feel good about your inside as well as your outside!