My daughter competes and performs a lot. She is only 10 but she started using makeup during those events. I’m sure all skating, cheer-leading, dance, and theater moms can relate.
The girls all want to go to stores at the mall and get the cute packages targeted to tweens & teens (lip gloss, eye-shadow, mascara, blushes, etc).
I started doing some research and it’s so scary as I’ve noticed that there are many toxic ingredients in conventional beauty products. Many of the ingredients are banned overseas but not in the U.S. (Yes, even in high-end brands).
So I’ve been educating my daughter to look beyond the packaging and start reading labels to avoid toxic ingredients. At the same time, we’ve switched to Young Living Savvy Minerals Makeup. It gives me peace of mind knowing that she is using high quality makeup with naturally derived ingredients, without the usual toxic & synthetic chemicals. That’s right, no talc, bismuth, parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals, nanoparticles, synthetic fragrance, synthetic colorants, or cheap synthetic fillers. I don’t want those toxins to absorb into her skin at such young age. Savvy Minerals is definitely the way to go!
There are quite a few informative articles about toxic kids’ makeup – there are too many to list. So do your research, girlfriend. I’m so thankful for Savvy Minerals makeup as it is formulated with no fillers and with clean ingredients. The makeup feels great on my sensitive skin and eyes lashes without the chemical-laden stuff that has irritated my skin in the past.
Here is a list of toxins to avoid in cosmetics and beauty products:
- Sodium Laureth Sulfates are carcinogens; they are used in foaming cosmetics, shampoos, cleansers, and bubble bath.
- Parabens are endocrine disruptors and they may interfere with male reproduction; they are used in cosmetics as preservatives.
- Formaldehyde-Releasing Preservatives are a carcinogen; they are used in a variety of cosmetics as preservatives.
- Parfum/Fragrance are carcinogens and can cause neurotoxicity, allergies and skin sensitivities; they are used in a variety of cosmetics to add aroma. Companies do not have to disclose the ingredients due to “trade secret.”
- Petrolatum is also carcinogen; it is used in hair products for shine, and as the moisture barrier in lip balms/sticks.
- BHA and BHT is an Endocrine disruptor and carcinogen and is used mainly in cosmetics as preservatives.
- Coal Tar Dyes are carcinogens and have a heavy metal toxicity; they are commonly found in processed foods, lipstick, hair dyes.
- PEG compounds: can be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane which may be a carcinogen; this ingredient is commonly used as the base for cosmetic creams.
- Siloxanes are also endocrine disruptors, as well as a reproductive toxicant; they are used in cosmetics to soften, smooth & moisten products.