Makeup Toxins

By Alexandra Lily Swanston

Makeup ToxinsThere is no law in the US that requires the Food and Drug Administration to approve cosmetics. This means that other than color additives, cosmetics can contain a number of dangerous chemicals with no regulation. When a person uses cosmetics, their skin absorbs chemicals, which can then enter the bloodstream. People might also inhale powders or ingest some cosmetics (using lip products etc.) Here is a list of the top chemicals you need to avoid in makeup.

Just because a product is labeled natural and organic, doesn’t mean that the cosmetic doesn’t contain synthetic chemicals. In 1998 the FDA tried to establish the official term for natural but nothing was ever determined about it. Being organic doesn’t mean anything either unless you see the USDA organic seal. I’ve done some research on cosmetic companies and have compiled a list of brands with the most toxins and the least.

Makeup brands with the most toxins:

Makeup brands with the least toxins:

Many of the brands above are available in a wide range of prices in stores and online. This makes it easier to choose a healthier makeup brand that is also an affordable alternative to what you may be using right now.

“Foundation should unify tone, but it shouldn’t take away the individuality of the skin.” -Francois Nars


2 Responses to "Makeup Toxins"

Cynthia Swanston says:

July 6, 2021 at 01:25 am

Thank you so much for the list! I will take it with me when I shop. I am currently using many of the products in the harmful list! Some of them (like Neutrogena) promote themselves as a “clean” alternative to other lines which is misleading . I was also happy to see that some of the healthier alternatives are affordable and you can buy them at CVS, Target, etc.

Scott Stuller says:

June 7, 2021 at 01:26 am

Wow! This is scary! I hope the FDA gets involved to regulate toxic makeup at some point. Great post!