6 Common Beauty Products to Avoid
Just in time for Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October, The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics researched numerous common beauty products—from big-name mascaras and nail polishes to hair styling products—looking for unsafe ingredients. What it found will surprise you.
To determine the presence of cancer-causing ingredients and contaminants in cosmetics, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics consulted a number of cosmetic databases like Think Dirty and SkinDeep. The Campaign searched products sold by six of the world’s biggest cosmetic companies—and then verified their findings by going out and reading product labels.
The bottom line: the folks at the the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics found cancer-causing chemicals in a number of cosmetics made by Procter & Gamble (P&G), including Cover Girl blushes, mascara and eye shadows, Olay anti-aging creams, Max Factor mascara, and more. Even P&G’s Pantene Beautiful Lengths Finishing Crème—which is marketed with a pink ribbon for breast cancer awareness—contained a chemical linked to cancer.
The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics’ investigation of P&G products on store shelves found many chemicals linked to cancer in many of their brands and products, including:
• Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) in CoverGirl and Max Factor mascaras
• Benzophenone-1 in CoverGirl nail polishes
• Titanium dioxide (in inhalable form) in CoverGirl pressed powders, powder foundations; bronzers, eye shadows and blush
• Formaldehyde-releasing preservatives like DMDM hydantoin, Imidazolidinyl urea, Polyoxymethylene urea and Quaternium-15 in Pantene Beautiful Lengths smoothing hair balm, CoverGirl BB creams, foundations, Herbal Essences hair styling products, Infusium conditioner and leave-in treatments, Miss Jessie’s hair products, Olay anti-aging creams, face washes and moisturizers; CoverGirl foundation makeup, blushes, pressed powders, bronzers, and eye shadows
• Styrene, which the company includes in its fragrance palette. This means styrene may be present in any P&G product that lists fragrance on the label.
In addition, the invesitagtion found two ingredients that are likely contaminated with carcinogens:
• Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) which can be contaminated with PFOA in Olay anti-aging cream and Gillette shaving cream
• Polyacrylamide which can be contaminated with acrylamide in CoverGirl BB cream and Olay anti-aging creams.
Want to learn more? Click here for the full listof P&G products identified with carcinogens.
Keen to get involved? It doesn’t have to be this way—cancer-causing chemicals are not a beauty secret. Click here to tell P&G you want cosmetics without concerning ingredients.