For many of us, cosmetics are an integral part of our daily lives. Unfortunately, the testing and manufacturing of makeup and beauty products are not as closely monitored as we think they are. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) treats preservative ingredients like parabens the same as any other ingredients, and, while phthalate levels in cosmetics are measured, there is little regulation keeping these products off of the shelves.
Parabens were introduced to the beauty industry as preservatives to keep mold and bacteria from growing on makeup and skincare products. They extend the shelf life of nearly all cosmetics, preventing microorganisms from getting into our eyes, nose, mouth, and pores; however, parabens are known to cause endocrine disruption, which can affect development, reproduction, hormone system function, and growth.
These chemicals are plasticizers that are added to cosmetics, flexible plastics, adhesives, and countless other products. While cosmetics containing phthalates feel soft and may smell pretty, they could be affecting your health negatively. Recent studies have shown a link between phthalates and abnormal hormonal changes, as well as congenital disabilities, prompting some manufacturers to stop using them.
A Healthier Alternative
Parabens and phthalates are everywhere, but keeping them away from our eyes, nose, and mouth is an easy way to minimize the health risks associated with products that contain these harmful chemicals. Using mineralized makeup is the safer, healthier alternative. Not only is natural mineral makeup paraben- and phthalate-free, but it is also gentler on the skin. Some additional benefits include:
- Oil-free formula
- Moderate sun protection
- Anti-inflammatory properties
- Appropriate for all skin types
For more information about paraben- and phthalate-free makeup, call 909-981-8929 to schedule your consultation with Skin Physicians & Surgeons.