Have you ever applied a full face of makeup and wondered what’s actually on your face? With the many different companies that you can buy these products or dupes (a replacement product that’s less costly than the name brand product) from it’s difficult to know if you’re applying poison on your face or not.
Recently, there have been some issues with Clairs’ makeup products with claims that a high trace of Asbestos is in their products. Clairs’ response has been to make some changes to the production of their products. According to CNN, Clairs had this to say: “We are taking these actions out of an abundance of caution and remain confident that any products purchased at Claire’s are safe. We look forward to working with the Food and Drug Administration to ensure the highest safety standards for all cosmetics.”
So a big question I had was, “How many other products have traces of this toxic material in their products that just haven’t been caught?”
I did some more research to identify if the toxin Asbestos might be included on a makeup’s ingredient list under a different name. After searching around I found out it does go under a different name called “talc.”
Surprisingly, I found that it is listed in many ingredient lists on makeup, but it isn’t considered toxic UNLESS it is inhaled or absorbed, which as you can imagine isn’t a difficult thing that could happen when applied to the face.
Why is it used, you might wonder? Different companies have said it helps their products because it creates a soft, silky texture that can dilute really pigmented products.
With this in mind, it seems reasonable to risk having talc located in the ingredients list right?
Unfortunately, the health risks that come from consuming this toxin can lead to lung cancer or even Mesothelioma which, according to MayoClinic, “is a type of cancer that occurs in the thin layer of tissue that covers the majority of your internal organs.”
Now it’s not realistic to completely cut all makeup products from your life because of this new-found knowledge, but it’s good to be aware of what could be lingering in that eyeshadow or blush that you’re using everyday.
A helpful suggestion would be that before buying a product, look at the back for the ingredients list and keep an eye out for that little word talc. Some suggested brands that have publicly come forward saying they don’t contain this ingredient are Smashbox, Physicians Formula, and even ELF.