7 Ingredients You Don’t Want In Your Makeup

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Knowing what’s in your favorite makeup can be the difference between a gorgeous beauty look or a skin care nightmare. Rohan Widdison, the founder of NVEY ECO helps us break down the 7 ingredients you should look for in your cosmetics and safer alternatives.

1. Parabens

An ingredient that mimics estrogen in the body, a hormone associated with breast cancer. It’s commonly found in lipsticks and blush. Try This Instead: Josie Maran Argan Color Stick, $22, joseimarancosmetics.com

2. SLS sodium-lauryl-sulfate:

An irritant that strips skin of protective oils and moisture. 1 and 4 dioxane, a carcinogenic material are possible by-products of this ingredient.  Try this instead: Eminence Organics Herbal Eye Make-up Remover, us.eminenceorganics.com

3. Petroleum/ Mineral Oil:

Petrolatum can tend to interfere with the body’s own natural moisturizing mechanism, leading to dry skin and chapping. Products like foundation use mineral oil. Try This Instead: Pur Minerals 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup Foundation, $26 purminerals.com

4. DMDM hydantoin

A preservative often found in eye makeup and blush has small amounts of formaldehyde that can cause cosmetic dermatitis to those who are allergic to it. Try this instead: Alima Luminous Shimmer Eyeshadow, $12.50 alimapure.com

5. Polyethylene Glycol Or PEG’s:

An ingredient that can be contaminated with 1,4 dioxane, a carcinogenic material and is often found in concealer and lip balm. Try this instead: Aubrey Organics Silken Earth Translucent Powder, $24 aubrey-organics.com ; NVEY ECO Erase Concealer, $18, nveymakeup.com

6. Propylene Glycol

A chemical associated with irritants and can cause allergic contact dermatitis when using products like mascara and foundation. Try this instead: Benefit Cosmetics BADgal Waterproof Mascara, $19 sephora.com

7. BHA and BHT

These compounds have been linked to health concerns shuch as endocrine disruptors and organ system toxicity. Try this instead: Scotch Naturals Nail Polish, $16, thegreenkiss.com

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