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Many of us have been using cosmetics with toxic ingredients for years without even knowing it!Did you know that cosmetics and skin care products are the least regulated products on the US market? That’s kind of scary to hear. Apparently the FDA decided to leave it to the cosmetics industry to mandate and regulate itself. How comforting.Did you know that cosmetics and skin care products are the least regulated products on the US market? That’s kind of scary to hear. Apparently the FDA decided to Many of these ingredients can be mildly or extremely harmful. Some can cause mild skin irritation, while others are believed to disrupt one’s hormonal balance, or can even go as far as being linked to cancer. Terrifying! In this article we’ll take a look at how to read labels on our foundation (something we may be applying to our skin daily), which ingredients are safe, which ingredients we want to avoid, and which ingredients that may sound scary, but in fact, are not.
Let’s get started!
A list of ingredients to avoid in Foundation
Here are some key ingredients you’ll want to avoid when shopping for or applying your foundation to your skin.
- Parabens- many of us have heard the word ‘paraben’ in the last 10 years or so, but not all of us know what it is. What we do know is that it is an ingredient many natural cosmetics (even some cosmetics that aren’t even all that natural), have slapped across their bottles and labels to encourage more buyers.
You’ll see paraben-free on your shampoos, conditioners, face creams, body lotions and more. But what are parabens exactly and why are they potentially harmful? Parabens have been added to many of our products over the last 30 years (if not more) because it’s a cheap chemical that will extend the bottle’s shelf life and prevent mold and bacteria from growing in and on the surface of the product.
So where does the problem lie exactly?
Well, according to the FDA, parabens may be connected to an increase in breast cancer due to its estrogen-producing properties. We’d all probably unanimously agree that we’d rather buy products with shorter shelf lives than products that have any cancer-risks linked, right?
- Sodium Laureth Sulfate- Sodium Laureth Sulfate is commonly found in creamy foundations. This sulfate works at aiding the skin to absorb the moisture of the product more quickly and easily. Scientists speculate whether this ingredient can be linked to different types of cancer, and may also cause skin irritation, redness or breakouts.
- Heavy Metals- heavy metals are in a majority of our skincare products that don’t rely on natural ingredients to give you beautiful results. Heavy metals like mercury, chromium and aluminum can be harmful for one’s nervous system, reproductive and respiratory systems.
- MEA, TEA, DEA- Ethanolamines are only found in American beauty products and have been banned in many other countries because of its potentially carcinogenic properties. Many scientists have linked ethanolamines to male reproductive issues and other forms of cancer. Again, not really an ingredient you absolutely need in your foundation.
Final Thoughts on Choosing a Natural Foundation
It’s no easy game to swim through a long list of ingredients and to try and figure out which ingredients are safe, which sound dangerous, but are in fact safe, and which ingredients we need to swear off because the rewards are just not worth the risks. The good news is, if you’re on the lookout for a safe and smooth foundation, Vonetta Cosmetics mineral makeup is mixed and handmade by Vonetta Cosmetics, to ensure your safety and beauty first.
Our foundations are specifically made with loose powders instead of pressed powders to avoid the chemical process and additives that are usually required to create pressed makeup. The products are made from 100% natural minerals and powders like rice powder, oxide, mica, and titanium Dioxide. This ensures that we create makeup that not only looks good on the skin but is good for the skin. Our makeup is not only sweat proof but it also helps with oil control which helps control breakouts. Our makeup comes in 9 shades to ensure there are enough colors available for each skin tone for women of color. Check out all of our colors here!