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Article about toxic cosmetics warns about talcum powder based products

Monday, April 12th, 2010

MOST of us look and feel better when wearing make-up. But how many of us stop to think what’s actually in our foundation, mascara and lipstick, or what this potent combination is doing to our skin?

The average woman uses 12 make-up and skincare products every day, according to the Chemical Safe Skincare Campaign. This mix alone can contain up to 175 different chemicals – including some linked to cancers, hormone changes and skin irritation.

Liz Sutton, of the Women’s Environmental Network (WEN), warns: “Most modern cosmetics are complex mixtures of industrially produced synthetic chemicals. Individually these cosmetics contain very small amounts of chemical ingredients. But it’s the cumulative effect that worries us.”

But the cosmetics industry claims the chemicals are in such minute quantities they don’t pose any risk to consumer safety.

Dr Colin Flower, of the Cosmetic Toiletry and Perfumery Association, says: “Hundreds or even thousands of substances are already taken into our bodies each day when we¬†eat and drink. The body is very good at getting rid of substances it doesn’t need.”

Still, it’s easy to check out your toiletries because manufacturers are required to list all ingredients. As Julia Mitchell, of Chemical Safe Skincare, says: “When you look at a food packet and see lots of E numbers, you know it’s not going to be that good for you. We should have the same levels of awareness when it comes to cosmetics and skincare.”

With that in mind, here are the nasties to look out for…


FOUND IN: Face powder, blusher, foundation and eye shadow.

WHY IS IT THERE? Talc is a bulking agent that soaks up skin oils.

RISK FACTOR: Some research suggests talc can be dangerous if breathed in, and in some samples it has been found to contain tetanus. In very high doses it has also been linked to ovarian cancer.