Harmful Chemicals Normally used in Cosmetics

How well do you know of the constituents and formulation of ingredients that are in the make-up you put on your face on a daily basis? The ingredients that your products are made of get absorbed into your skin, causing irritation, and some of them can also be carcinogenic.

What you put on your body is as important as what you eat. Owing to little or no regulation in the cosmetics industry, a lot of conventional beauty brands use harmful ingredients in their products, which can also cause hormonal imbalance. The first step towards avoiding them is to be informed. Let us take a look at the most commonly used chemicals in Make Up products:

1 Parabens

They are preservatives used in skin care and makeup products. They are known to be endocrine disruptors and are linked to cancer.


Sodium Lauryl Sulfate or Sodium Laureth Sulfate are also found in our everyday use products. Apart from being carcinogenic, they can cause skin irritation.

3 Phthalates

Used primarily in cosmetic fragrances, they are known to cause birth defects and affect the reproductive system.

4 Artificial Fragrance

They are made of chemicals which irritate the skin and also cause asthma and allergies.

5 Lead

Most commonly found in lipsticks, it gets absorbed in the skin and can cause comprehensive abnormalities, reproductive and hormonal imbalances.

6 Artificial Pigments

Derived from coal tar or petroleum, they can cause skin irritation, ADHD in children and are carcinogenic..


While it may be impossible to avoid all these and other chemicals that we are exposed to via our make-up on a regular basis, we can limit our exposure by switching to Organic and Natural make-up alternatives.

Their results are not as immediate as chemical-laden make-up but given the side-effects and possible threat to life that the latter pose, Organic alternatives are worth considering.

Also, Read This: Harmful Ingredients in Shampoos

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