💯 Why Do One Better
With the amount of potentially toxic ingredients found in makeup that can have harmful impacts on your skin and body, it's worthwhile to go the extra mile to invest in quality, cruelty-free and sustainable makeup. Do good, look good, feel good.
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For now, take a look at the ingredients below to learn more about why they could prove harmful to you. Also check out other potential brands that we recommend for a more sustainable, ethical and more affordable option!
We want to callout that we are not beauty experts, so we highly recommend you look further into these ingredients through the links we provided below.
🗒️ Ingredients to Watch Out For
We recommend you look into more depth about these ingredients and how they could affect your body. Generally, these descriptions should apply to most people. Sourced from Byrdie.
- Mineral oil aka Paraffin: A common additive to lip gloss, concealer, eyeshadow, SPF, and balms that is a byproduct of petroleum .
- Formaldehyde: Skin irritant and known carcinogen (derivatives of formaldehyde start with quaternium-).
- Formaldehyde releasers: Bronopol, DMDM hydantoin, diazolidinyl urea, imidazolidinyl urea, and quaternium-15 are preservatives that slowly form formaldehyde .
- Fragrance: An umbrella term for thousands of chemicals. There's no way to know what makes up fragrance.
- Oxybenzone: Endocrine disruptor found in sunscreen, lotions, lip balms, and fragrance.
- Parabens (methyl-, isobutyl-, propyl- and others): A preservative to prevent bacteria from growing in cosmetics that has been found to mimic the hormone estrogen.
- Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAs and PFCs): Potentially hide thousands of chemicals and are found in sunscreens, hair products, and shaving creams. Linked to serious health effects including cancer, thyroid disease, and reduced effectiveness of vaccines. They're common in waterproof products (they are water repellants).
- Polyethylene glycol (PEGs): Chemical thickeners that are potentially petroleum derived.
- Resorcinol: Found in hair color and bleaching products and is linked to skin irritation and immune system dysfunction.
- Talc: Smoothing agent in mineral makeup and is generally safe but can potentially be contaminated with asbestos.
- Teflon (Polytetrafluoroethylene aka PTFE): Added to cosmetics to improve texture. A hormone disruptor and is linked to reproductive issues.
- Toluene aka Butylated Hydroxytoluene: Linked with brain toxicity and dangerous during pregnancy. Banned in the EU and Southeast Asia as well as some retailers in the US. Can be found in nail polish, nail treatment, and hair dye.
- Triclosan: Antibacterial and antifungal ingredient used as a preservative. This chemical negatively impacts the immune system and cardiovascular function.
Check out some of these brands for a more sustainable, ethical and affordable option. We know that some prices are higher than average (around $9), so we are always on the hunt for more affordable alternatives. However, it's important to note that products that use cleaner and better quality ingredients will tend to be a bit more expensive than average.
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Note: We are not sponsored for any of these links today.