Women: Use conventional makeup? Here are the 515 chemicals you’re putting on yourself every day.

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Use conventional (even high-end) make up? Here’s the key Chemicals your face and body are absorbing:



We’ve covered this issue many times before, but there’s nothing like a simple infographic to remind us: our choices have consequences, for good or ill (literally).

Via Mind Body Green, via Daily Mail:

“most of our favourite cosmetics are cocktails of industrially produced and potentially dangerous chemicals that could damage our health and, in some cases, rather than delivering on their potent ‘anti-ageing’ promise, are causing us to age faster…

…Many of those are also used in products such as household cleaners, and have been linked to a number of health problems from allergies and skin sensitivity to more serious hormonal disturbances, fertility problems and even cancer.

Parabens…are found in shampoos, hair gels, shaving gels and body lotions…

…may mutate and become toxic when exposed to sunlight, causing premature skin ageing and an increased risk of skin cancer.

Methylparabens are found in more than 16,000 products, including moisturisers and toothpastes…

‘Research shows that between 20 and 60 per cent of parabens may be absorbed into the body.'”

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22 Responses to “Women: Use conventional makeup? Here are the 515 chemicals you’re putting on yourself every day.”

  1. Mamaste says:

    Just intro'd on FB to: Health & Wellness, Green & Enlightened.

  2. tonna says:

    This is great information–but a little bleak…
    i'd love to know about the wonderful alternatives to shampoo/deodorant….

    • manorama says:

      I use vegan deodorants from this lady – they are the most amazing deodorants ever. I'd quit wearing any for years b/c I couldn't find one that didn't break out my skin – even "natural" ones in a health food store. And on the contrary – if I have any kind of irritation, these help! http://www.etsy.com/shop/RachelRene?section_id=11
      They work for my husband too who didn't wear any for years as well…

    • Hi Tonna,
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    • Sara says:

      Baking soda works really well in place of shampoo: http://simplemom.net/how-to-clean-your-hair-witho

      And I make my own deodorant. It sounds kind of hippy-dippy, but it's really easy and works better than anything I've used before:
      6T Coconut Oil
      1/4 C Baking Soda
      1/4 C Corn Starch
      + any fragrances or essential oils you choose

    • @Fossape says:

      3 and a half years shampoo free, and I use nothing more than a brush and hot water daily, my hair feels completely different than when it was used to the daily shampoo oil stripping regime.

    • Kristy Horn says:

      Hi, I have been making my own shampoo and conditioner for a year now.
      Its 1 tbsp baking soda mix w 1 cup water.
      Massage onto scalp

      then mix equal part water with apple cider vinegar
      put into a spray bottle and spray ends very well, and spray rest of hair med to lightly

      This helps bring your hair back to a natural state.
      And you wont smell after. Dont worry.

      As for deodorant I make mine with coconut oil baking soda and corn starch. (You may want to look up recipie)

      For body and face lotion. All I use is coconut oil. .. and lemme tell you, I am 33 and have NEVER gotten compliments on my skin before. And now I do all the time. I love it. My skin is soft, pores are clean, and It helps keep breakouts away (I know it sounds weird being OIL and all) coconut oil is antibacterial and antifungal. I can’t express how much I love my new chemical free regimen.
      Oh ps, with the baking soda shampoo. You really want to limit washing to two days a wk. Can do 3
      just have a goal of 2.
      Eventually your hair won’t require daily washing. A simple rinse will do. 🙂

  3. Wanda Forsom says:

    I've got this Infographics to be one of the best regarding our health and how the evolution of cosmetics are affecting our lifestyle. We are now forgetting the internal effect. So I will remind people that antioxidant is what they said to be the internal cosmetics. Why?, because it targets the harmful free-radicals that may damage our cell which may cause our skin to be dull and age faster. I've read from Dr. Mercola's article at http://organicindia.mercola.com/tulsi-tea.aspx how antioxidants will provide our body the best option from naturally glowing beauty which comes from the inside.

  4. Angela says:

    Great natural healthy products 🙂

  5. Hi Guys,
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  6. I don't think that many people realize that these chemicals are as harmful as they are because they aren't ingested, but then you have to remember that your SKIN is the largest ORGAN and you're smearing this junk alllllll over it.

    btw… what's up with the crappy photoshop job on her butt?

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  11. jill says:

    Oh cripes, here we go again. Our bodies are a lot more tolerant than we think!
    No mention of cigarettes, and alcohol? Those do way more damage than any of this stuff. Plus they affect other people just as much. No way am I going to spend a ton of money on overpriced healthy make-up just so I can go outside and be blasted by cigarettes, smog and perfume anyhow!
    I am sure the next article will be just full of completely safe replacements for all these killer chemical AT 10 TIMES THE COST! Or you can just contact the person who commented I am sure she will hook you up with tiny expensive containers of perfect stuff.
    Way to take advantage of people!
    Life is too short to obsess over this type of thing.
    Everyone is turning into a hypochondriac!

  12. Donna says:

    I would also link deodorant to breast cancer, and I would have listed aluminum as another most worrisome for it (antiperspirant)

  13. JPalm says:

    I tried making my own shampoo out of baking soda and apple cider vinegar and my hair was not nice after. I am so open to these alternatives~

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