What’s all the fuss about Lead and Paraben free makeup?
Chemicals, heavy metals, bacteria, and other hazardous ingredients are turning up in makeup, skin creams, and hair styling products.
Once considered an “urban legend,” the rumor that some lipsticks contain lead turned out to be deadly true when the FDA tested hundreds of lipsticks following an alert issued by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. The brands that tested positive for lead levels included well respected brands including L’Oreal, Revlon, Avon, and Cover Girl, and even high-end brands like Dior and M.A.C. Considering that there is no safe level for lead (in other words there needs to be zero lead in order for a product to be considered safe), you can see we have a serious problem here. So do some research on cosmetics brands and choose your lipstick wisely.
Your skin is like a sponge. Paraben free cosmetics are one of the most recent green trends. It is now possible to buy organic lip gloss, mineral makeup and paraben free foundation that is free from harmful chemicals. The best organic skin care products are lead-free, paraben free and non-toxic.
Parabens are synthetic preservatives found in cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and various food products. Parabens are effective and inexpensive, which makes them a popular choice for many companies. However, the safety of parabens has recently come into question. Some studies suggest that parabens are a carcinogen . Parabens can cause allergic reactions in a small percentage of people and some studies suggest a link between breast cancer and parabens. Parabens have the ability to mimic the hormone estrogen and estrogen is known to play a role in the development of breast cancer. Studies have also suggested that there is a possible link between synthetic preservatives and weight gain and rapid skin aging.
Mineral makeup is made from pure, crushed minerals from the earth. The best mineral makeup is organic, free of preservatives, talc, and other fillers that can irritate skin and cause breakouts. Mineral makeup also serves as a sunscreen because it contains titanium dioxide. Paraben free makeup is a safe alternative to cosmetics which contain toxic chemicals.
We have a vested interest in our own health and wellbeing. So lets choose safe, chemical free products and switch to lead free and paraben free makeup, paraben free skin care and even shampoo.
In keeping the health and well being of our clients in mind, at Locks & Lashes we offer product lines from Evo and Moroccan Oil for hair to Mirabella Beauty cosmetics that are natural, lead and paraben free.