What are our cosmetic products made of?
Contrary to the guidelines on food, beverages, and medicines set up by health organizations around the world, the safety rules governing cosmetic products are not as strict. This means that it is up to the consumer to become a label reader and to be aware of ingredients in make-up and other beauty products that pose significant potential health risks. Here are some of the most common and controversial of these chemicals:

Phthalates
Phthalates are used to make products softer and are found in toys, food, and some cosmetics, such as nail polish and soap.

In the United States, research published in Environmental Health Perspectives aimed to measure the level of this substance in the bodies of cosmetic users, it turned out that women who had high levels of phthalates in their urine were at high risk of diabetes.

Phthalates may also pose other health risks, including low hormone levels and small genitalia in men whose mothers were exposed to these chemicals during pregnancy.

Paraben
Parabens are preservatives used as ingredients in many cosmetic products, including deodorants, shampoos, make-up, lotions, and oral care products. But a recent study published in the Journal of Applied Toxicology found that this substance represents an increased risk of breast cancer. Researchers found that 99% of tissue samples taken from women with breast cancer contained at least one paraben and 60% of the samples contained at least five parabens. The researchers suspect that the estrogenic effects of parabens in the body may be partly responsible for the health risks they cause.

Synthetic fragrances
Synthetic fragrances are virtually all of our cosmetic products. They are chemical agents, under the generic name of perfume or fragrance, which expose users to endocrine disruptors and therefore act on reproduction, obesity, and certain cancers among others.

Lead
A heavy metal present in many make-up products, especially those with more pigment, such as eye shadow, lipstick, and eyeliner. However, this ingredient is a powerful neurotoxin that, when it enters the bloodstream, causes neurological disorders, infertility, and cancer.

Make-up collects fungal spores floating in the air.
The fungal spore is the reproductive cell of fungi. When you use your make-up, you put these spores in your pores, eyes, and mouth. This can lead to infections and serious illnesses. When you share make-up, you transfer a petri dish of germs to each other. Your makeup brushes don’t just spread dirty makeup on you, they also remove dirty oils and dead skin from your face and let makeup build upon the hairs.

Tips and tricks to reduce the health risks of make-up
If you want to protect your health, read the labels carefully.
Use organic makeup that does not contain phthalate, lead or other harmful compounds, there are now more and more brands of natural makeup that respect women’s skin and general health. If you can’t, reduce the amount of makeup you use daily to minimize the risk of exposure to all the harmful substances it contains.
Respect the shelf life of makeup, as antibacterial agents in makeup often begin to break down after about six months.
Stay hydrated and follow a balanced diet to look good in a natural way and do without all those chemical blemish correctors.