WHAT’S LURKING IN YOUR MAKEUP BAG?
Posted on Thursday, June 27th, 2013
Talc and parbens and dyes oh my!
Next time you oick up that makeup brush consider this; many beautiful packaged products in the market place actually contain irritating and even damaging ingredients such as talc, dyes, mineral oil, parbens and even petroleum. With the success of the Green movement the consumer needs a better education, just because something says its “natural” does not mean that it is naturally good for you. So what should you avoid and what to look for when purchasing make-up products?
What is Talc? Why is it a “bad” mineral?
Talc is a very soft mineral mined for production of talcum powder. The powder is sold for use on human skin, and used to add body to paper, plastics, and paint. Talc os often associated with both serpentine and amphibole forms of asbestos. In fact, talc processed before 1989 contained som tremolite (asbestos!). Talc itself is a known carcinogen (a substance or agent that causes cancer). Recent changes in some countries laws require manufacturers to add a warning label to any package that contains a listed carcinogens.) But isnt it incredible to think we still use talc knowing the risks and even more so put it on our babies!
The low down on FD&C dyes
The word “dye” generally refers to a chemical compound, most often petroleum origin, which is soluble. When FD&C precede a colour, it means that the colour has been approved by the FDA for use in food, drugs and cosmetics. When D&C precede the colour, signifies that it can be used only in drugs or cosmetics. FD&C dyes are derived from petroleum or hystorically coal tar, some are also synthetic. The petroleum-derived dyes are often comedogenic, particularly the reds. They will often cause break-outs in the cheek area. Some of these approved dyes are also known carinogens. FD&C dyes are approved for lip products but not for use around the eye area.
So next time you buy your cosmetics have a look at the label and see what are you really buying! Here is an interesting tip, if you are a lipstick wearer, over a lifetime it is estimated that we consume 1KG of lipstick! Which means we also consume these harmful chemicals, it gives a whole new meaning to “You are what you eat!” We stock Jane Iredale Mineral make up as we believe it is simply the best! So pure you can sleep in it, so pure you can eat the lipstick, not that we think you would want to! Isnt it time you looked at what’s lurking in your makeup bag?