The Price of Beauty

Cosmetics and other body products bring us in contact with more than 120 chemicals daily, many of them toxic. Before you layer on your lip gloss, read this.

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We're paying more and more attention to the food and drink we put inside our bodies, but everyday, we slather products on our bodies that are unregulated, made from hazardous substances, and potentially harmful to our health. In the pursuit of beauty (or, let's face it, just covering up the circles under our eyes), we cake on makeup, rub on moisturizers, and spray on perfume - and not one of those products is subject to FDA approval. What's worse, labels that seem to indicate healthy choices - natural, organic, hypoallergenic - don't actually mean anything, because there are no regulations for using those terms. Here's what you need to know about the 3 most dangerous beauty products.

Top 3 Cosmetic Culprits

The Problem with Powder

Mineral makeup is a big trend. Made from minerals such as mica, which are used for industrial purposes as well, these tiny particles are a thousand times smaller than predecessors from even 10 years ago. Their small size makes for a smoother, more flawless look, but it has one serious unintended consequence. The particles are so tiny they fall quickly through the air and can be inhaled easily into your lungs. When construction workers use mica in products such as spackle, they wear masks to protect their lungs from scarring over time. Though there are no studies showing damage from makeup use to date, experts say the long-term use and inhalation of minerals in makeup can lead to inflammation, irritation and lung disease in women and girls.

Try This Instead

Choose liquid-based foundation with shimmer or a cream blush or bronzer to get the same effect. If you must use powder, select a pressed powder and open a window when you apply it.