There’s a lot of controversy over what is safe to use (or not) in cosmetics. Even though many ingredients have been approved by the FDA, it doesn’t necessarily mean they are healthy. Below is a brief overview of some safe ingredients (and some not so savory) that you can make note of before beautifying.

The Bad News First: But There’s Still a Rainbow

One of the newest reports is that the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) has suggested placing a limit on the amount of lead used in beauty supplies. This includes make-up, skin creams, and shampoo. Getting a lot of the lead out is a good thing.
Unfortunately, we may be using products that contain more than a safe amount of lead. The FDA can’t really enforce a limit, but it can strongly suggest one based on health risk findings. The agency recommends less than 10ppm of lead be used in cosmetics. Exposure to long-term, low levels of lead, as well as short-term, high levels can cause damage to any of our organs.
One good thing is that the majority of cosmetics in the U.S. contain less than 10 ppm of lead. But again, The FDA can only regulate so much. Currently, cosmetic companies don’t have to share safety data with the FDA, nor many of their ingredients.

Just to Let You Know…

Below is a brief list of ingredients used in our beauty supplies, which are not safe or healthy.

– phthalates

– parabens

– fragrance

– triclosan

– sodium laurel sulfate

Avoid the above. If you want to read more on this topic, click here.

Here’s The Pretty List…

Below is a brief list of ingredients that can be safe in your skin and make-up products when used appropriately and as directed. Never ingest or inhale any of these; they are for topical use.

  • Allantoin – Although this element is often chemically synthesized, it is non-toxic and nature-identical to cosmetic raw materials.
  • Bentonite- There are several types of this impure clay. They include: calcium, sodium, aluminum, and potassium. They consist most of a specific type of volcanic ash and are often used in facial masks.
  • Calcium Carbonate- It’s produced usually from quarried or mined marble. It absorbs oils well, making it a good ingredient in matte finish products.
  • Fibroin- It’s one of the main proteins secreted by the silkworm and synthetically produced into powder.
  • Magnesium Myristate – This is found in plants and is actually a fatty acid. It’s great for toners and cleansers. Magnesium Stearate is an earth powder, a different product, but also safe.
  • Rice Powder- It comes from the starch in rice and can be an anti-inflammatory and aids in increasing collagen production. It’s a nice substitute for talc or cornstarch—and more beneficial.
  • Zinc Oxide- It’s a great skin protector from the sun derived from the mineral zincite. It’s not absorbed into the skin, but rather sits atop and creates a cover.

Looking beautiful does not have to be linked with placing yourself in a health risk dilemma. Feeling good inside and out is a fantastic goal. For other articles on safety, best health practices, and beauty, check out