If you’re reading this website, odds are you’re interested in safer beauty products. But what does that mean? And what are the ingredients you need to avoid? Here’s a rundown of the most harmful additives in beauty products from ConsumerSafety.org—and our picks for safer alternatives.
Powdered Makeup & Baby Powder | Talc
Dangers: Linked to ovarian cancer & risk of lung disease if you breathe in fibers. Can contain asbestos.
Found in: baby powder, eyeshadow, bronzer, blush, lip balm
What to look for in ingredients: Talc
Alternatives: Talc free products
Our Picks: Sweat Cosmetics Mineral Foundation, NuEvolution Pressed Blush, rms beauty Eye Polish
Moisturizer | Parabens
Dangers: Disrupts endocrine system and can lead to early puberty. Certain parabens have been associated with breast cancer.
Found in: moisturizer, shaving creams, mascara
What to look for in ingredients: butylparaben and isopropylparaben (most toxic parabens)
Alternatives: All natural products
Our Picks: Jurlique Moisture Replenishing Day Cream, Skinfix Ultra Rich Hand Cream, Mario Badescu Oil-Free Moisturizer
Nail Polish | Phthalates
Dangers: Decreased hormone levels, low sperm quality, obesity, ovarian aging, can lead to cancer.
Found in: shampoo, perfume, colored cosmetics, nail polish
What to look for in ingredients: DBP or di-n-butyl phthalate, DEP or diethyl phthalate
Alternatives: Choose options that do not contain DBP and avoid fragranced products.
Our Picks: Ciaté London, Tenoverten, Kester Black