What is in Your Lipstick ?

Common things that are found in lipsticks

Dangerous ingredients found in lipstick

Lipstick. It is a very common beauty product that almost every woman uses, but have you ever really looked at the common ingredients in your lipstick. When it comes to your makeup choices, you should go just as organic as you do with the things you eat. But if you are unsure, let us illuminate you on some very common things that are found in lipsticks:

  • Methylparaben

    Let me start off by saying that this chemical has been banned in make ups in the UK due to its toxicity and has been labeled as highly hazardous by the Cosmetics Database. Methlparaben is a preservative that keeps the wax from melting and going bad; however, it also causes problems with your endocrine system, has been linked to cancers, and has other consequences that haven’t been confirmed through multiple tests.

  • Propylparaben

    Another endocrine effecting, cancer causing toxin that is present in our makeup. Though the reasoning for this ingredient have not been documented, it has been proven that most people are allergic to this ingredient, yet it is still used in many lipsticks that you can find at your local store. This has a label of moderately hazardous per the Cosmetics Database.

  • Retinyl Palmitate

    This is a synthetic version of vitamin A. With that description alone you wouldn’t think that it has been rated moderately hazardous, but it is. Though the evidence right now is still in the hypothetical stages, many doctors believe that exposure to this can cause cancer and sterility in women.

  • Colorants

    D&C Red 36 (low hazard) and D&C Red Aluminum Lake (moderate hazard) are two types of colorants that are tested on animals. If that wasn’t reason enough to quit using products with it, here is another bit of information: using products with those colorants in them have been linked to nervous system damage with the research to back it.

  • Tocopheryl Acetate

    This is also called vitamin E acetate and it is rated as moderately hazardous. Over exposure to this toxin can cause skin blisters, hives, scaling, itching and burning. More research is being done as to why it causes pregnancy problems and birth defects, or at least what is the link since many woman have used products with this “ingredient” and have had many issues. The numbers are so astronomical that many doctors advise pregnant and breast feeding women to avoid inorganic products at all costs.

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