Women (and in some cases men) use cosmetics to enhance facial features. However, some cosmetics contain chemicals that can be harmful to the body. Below is a short list of those ingredients that can be found in color cosmetics. I’ve also included some ingredients found in nail polish. It’s summertime, and many of us want to show off our feet by wearing vibrant colors on our toenails. It’s fine to look beautiful. I want to make you aware of all of your options.
Common ingredients found in makeup (i.e. foundation, color cosmetics):
Propylparaben – preservative; can mimic estrogen; can disrupt hormones
Methylparaben – preservative; can cause (breast) cancer, skin, and eye damage.
Disodium EDTA (ethelenediaminetetraacetic acid) – makes hard water soft
Diazolidinyl urea – preservative and formaldehyde releaser; can cause allergies. It should be noted that formaldehyde is toxic and used to preserve cadavers (dead bodies).
These chemicals can also be listed as benzoic acid, 4-hydroxybenzoic acid, methyl ester, etc. For a complete list and for more information about cosmetic ingredients, visit
Common ingredients found in nail polish
Acetone – this is used as nail polish remover, sometimes 100% or diluted. Used for laboratory experiments or cleaning laboratory glassware.
Dibutyl phthalate (DBP) – increases flexibility and shine in polish; causes birth defects
Formaldehyde – causes cancer
Triphenyl phosphate (TPHP) – used to make plastic; disrupts hormones, and contributes to weight gain and obesity
Always read the ingredients before you buy any product. If you can’t pronounce it, don’t buy it or buy at your own risk. Personally, I enjoy being pampered from a manicure or pedicure. There may be non-toxic brands available, or you may opt for no polish. If you have the time, you can do it yourself in the comfort of your own home.
For ideas on homemade makeup and non-toxic nail polish options, visit: