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Why you should transition to a plant based and chemical free concealer?

Posted on by Liana Garibyan

Why you should transition to a plant-based and chemical-free concealer?


The laws governing cosmetics and personal care products are so limited that known cancer-causing chemicals, or carcinogens, are legal.


Many conventional concealers used by individuals everyday contain so many harmful toxic ingredients. 


For example the Tarte Shape Tape Concealer. It's a popular brand used by many and promoted as vegan but contains the following toxic ingredients:


🚫PEG (Polyethylene glycols) are petroleum-based compounds used to thicken or soften cosmetics. They can also be used to increase skin penetration of ingredients (great for those healthy ingredients, scary for those toxic ingredients).


Why avoid?  The problem with PEGs is that they can be contaminated with known carcinogens Ethylene Oxide and 1,4-Dioxane. Ethylene oxide can also be harmful to the nervous system.


🚫Benzyl salicylate is often used as a fragrance enhancer or fragrance fixative. 


Why Avoid? It can cause negative reactions, even in small amounts can cause an allergic skin reaction.


 🚫 Fragrance- Fragrances are highly toxic ingredients often added to impart a pleasant smell or to cover up offensive odors that may naturally occur. Fragrances commonly contain phthalates, which are chemicals that help the scents last longer. The toxic chemicals can pass from the skin and into the blood.


Why avoid? Fragrance also referred to as parfum is used in nearly 50% of beauty products, it actually has a LOT of unknown toxic chemicals that can be harmful to you. Without you knowing, fragrance can irritate the skin, have toxic hormonal effects, and may even cause cancer.


🚫Phenoxyethanol-It's a synthetic preservative often used as a stabilizer for other ingredients. 


Why Avoid? It's known to cause irritation and allergies.


🚫Linalool helps to improve the scent and taste of cosmetic and skincare formulations


Why avoid it? Linalool can aggravate eczema and sensitive skin


Other common toxic ingredients found in concealers:


-BHA and BHT

-Phthalates

-Parabens

-Phthalates


A great plant-based and toxic-free swap- River Organics. It has all clean ingredients, goes on smooth, and lasts all day.

 

What are your favorite clean concealer alternatives?