5 Toxic Chemicals in Your Everyday Makeup

5 toxic chemicals you didn’t know you were putting on your face every day

Have you ever innocently looked something up and fallen into the world wide web of never-ending information? I have currently dug myself into a hole. A hole that I will now go home and throw all of my beauty products into. Have you ever looked into just how toxic the beauty products we use are?

There are TONS of chemicals I could sit and name off making this blog end up being a few pages long. I won’t do that though because TBH I don’t want to put my readers through that. You’ll probably come out more emotionally scarred than I was at the end of what started off as a simple google question turned 2-hour research.


Let’s address the 5 most common chemicals in beauty and personal products you should try your absolute best to stay away from.

Parabens – are preservatives that prevent the rapid growth of bacteria, mold, and yeast in cosmetic products. Sounds pretty good, right? Wrong. Parabens possess estrogen-mimicking properties that are associated with increased risks of breast cancer and have actually been identified in biopsy samples from breast tumors. This chemical is thought to be found in 75-90% of cosmetics. Common products they can be found in our makeup, body washes, deodorants, shampoos and facial cleansers.

Phthalates – are a group of chemicals that are used to increase the flexibility and softness of plastics. They are typically known to be endocrine disruptors. But Phthalates have been linked to increased risks of breast cancer and early breast development in young girls. The most common products it can be found in our deodorants, perfumes/colognes, hair sprays and moisturizers.

Ethylene Oxide – is most commonly found in shampoo/conditioners, moisturizers and perfumes/colognes. This chemical has been linked to increased risk of breast cancer.

Lead – is known to reduce fertility and may result in learning disabilities as well as behavioral problems.

Triclosan – is classified as a pesticide. It can have some seriously major effects on your hormones, especially those associated with the thyroid.


If I’m being totally honest, it’s hard to avoid products with these chemicals because SO many products contain them due to the beauty industry being highly unregulated. Knowledge is power and it’s great to educate yourself on what you’re putting on to your skin and into your body. Next time you’re out restocking on your beauty and personal care products, take a few minutes to look at the ingredients and make a wiser choice before tossing it into your cart. Your body will thank you in the long run!

By |2018-02-07T16:30:01+00:00February 9th, 2018|Style|Comments Off on 5 Toxic Chemicals in Your Everyday Makeup

About the Author:

Hi there! I'm Allie, the Programs & Volunteer Coordinator here at BCCA. Outside of work, I'm a mom to my wild child, Cami & my fur baby Jax. I'm also an aspiring Pinterest chef, dedicated watcher of The Office, and make up junkie.