How to make sure your cosmetics are safe, effective, and affordable:
Cosmetics are everywhere and makeup is the newest category.
But the products they contain can have a huge impact on your health.
Here are six ways to keep your cosmetics safe, ineffective, and inexpensive.
Avoid products containing lead, cadmium, and leaded gasoline.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued a new warning for cosmetics products containing cadmias.
According to the EPA, “Cadmias can cause cancer and birth defects, reproductive harm, and developmental problems, and can be used to produce leaded petroleum products.
Leaded gasoline is used as a substitute for gasoline, a common ingredient in many other products.”
The agency warns that many cosmetics contain lead in some form, including “essential oils and perfumes that contain lead compounds, paints containing lead compounds,” “furniture paint containing lead,” and “water-soluble lead compounds.”
Lead is an extremely toxic substance that can cause birth defects and reproductive harm.
Don’t use any perfumes or oils made with petroleum.
Many perfumes, shampoos, and body wash products contain lead.
Keep your hair and makeup simple.
Keep your cosmetics simple by avoiding products that are too complex or heavy.
Clean your skin.
Use a hairbrush and soap.
When shopping for cosmetics, make sure you buy only from companies that use cruelty-free, animal-friendly, and vegan products.