Is Makeup Bad For You?



How Healthy Is Your Makeup?

Dec 30, 2009

I tend to worry about a lot of things, but until recently it never occurred to me to be concerned about the ingredients in my lipstick or foundation. Of course, I've read about potentially dangerous cosmetic additives like parabens and phthalates, but I also know the proof that these actually cause cancer is pretty limited. (Most of the studies have been done on rodents, not people, and the FDA assures me that the tiny amounts found in my favorite eyeliner are extremely unlikely to give me cancer.) Several oncologists I've interviewed have also more or less said not to worry about it.

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That being said, a number of companies have developed cosmetics without these potentially-harmful additives, so perhaps it's time to ditch my favorite products "just in case"? The other day I had lunch with a friend (who happens to oversee a large cancer drug trial) and she informed me that she had done just that. I have to admit I'm not necessarily ready to follow suit—the idea of tracking down "safe" replacments for my favorite shades seems too agonzing—but I did spend some time this morning on safecosmetics.com, a database run by the Environmental Working Group that lets you search by brand or product.

The site gives everything a hazard rating of 0-10 (with 10 being the most dangerous). I was especially surprised to learn that not all "natural" or "organic" products got a great rating, and that there's a huge discrepancy in the risk rating among various products by the same brand. However, I'm happy to report that nothing I use regularly rated higher than a 6 ("moderate risk"), which seems good enough to me… at least for now.






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