Hi guys. Today I’ve got a more educational post on one of the toxic ingredients that we can find in our makeup and skincare, talc. Talc is a primary ingredient on many products including concealer, face powders, blusher, foundation, eyeshadow, bronzer, nail polish, soap and deodorant. It is considered a possible carcinogen which means it can cause cancer . Talc can also cause respiratory problems as well as skin and eye irritation.
Talc is usually accompanied by asbestos. As a result of exposure to asbestos, thousands of workers each year are killed. When materials that contain asbestos are disturbed, fibres are released into the air. If these fibres are inhaled, it can cause serious diseases. You won’t notice straight away because these diseases take a long time to develop but once diagnosed, it’s usually too late. Even asbestos-free talc is suggested to cause ovarian and lung cancer.
Many different cosmetic brands contain talc including Nars, MAC, Benefit, Urban Decay etc. You may see it as, each product has toxic ingredients in small doses, so it may seem harmless. What we need to consider is how many of those beauty products we pile onto our faces because it all adds up. We beat our faces with primer, foundation, concealer (my best friend), bronzer, setting powder, highlight; the list could go on (embarrassingly so). It all piles onto our daily exposure to toxins. You can check out what ingredients your makeup products contain and how they can effect you on the EWG’s Think Dirty app. This app is a really good way to learn more about your beauty products and I would recommend everyone to download it. It rates products from 1-10, 10 being the most toxic.
Some of the beauty products that contain talc include:
- One of the worst offenders is the Benefit Hoola Bronzer. This rates a 10 on the EWG Think Dirty App. This one hit’s home because in my pre-clean days, I used to live for this bronzer.
- The Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer rates a 7 which is still pretty bad. The skin on our eyelids is very thin and sensitive so the thought of all those toxins on my eyeballs just makes me cringe
- I know loads of you contour-whores are going to hate me for this one (sorry Lizon) but the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit is also a offender. It also contains propylparaben which can mimic oestrogen in our bodies which can disrupt a woman’s hormone imbalance
- Nars Orgasm Blush is another favourite which contains that toxic talc. This rates a jaw dropping 10 on Think Dirty.
- The Bobby Brown Shimmer Brick also contains talc and propylparaben
- Another one some of you guys are going to hate me for; I know it’s a staple piece in a lot of your makeup wardrobes…it’s the Urban Decay Naked palettes. All of the Naked palettes contain talc. Unfortunately. Very unfortunately.
At the risk of scaring some of you, it is important that you are aware of the high risks that talc can create. I am sure that some of you have heard about the Johnson & Johnson’s case. Yup, that’s right, well-known baby brand Johnson & Johnson’s have been ordered to pay $72 Million damages to the family of a woman who died of ovarian cancer. Her death was linked to the use of the brands famous baby powder which of course has talc as a listed ingredient. Supposedly talc minerals were found inside the woman’s cancerous tumours. There is evidence that shows that Johnson & Johnson’s have been aware of the risks since the 1980’s but chose to ignore the issue. For those of you with children, I would urge you to stay clear of the brands products even though they are branded as gentle and safe for babies. You are better off using plain olive oil to moisturise your baby’s skin.
I get a lot of questions and comments on how I afford clean makeup and skincare and how I gathered up the balls to throw out my conventional makeup. I completely understand that it is not for everyone and not everyone can afford to throw out everything and start from scratch. However it may be worth thinking about downloading EWG’s Think Dirty app, going through your makeup and picking out the worst offenders and maybe replace them with a less toxic alternative. I am still not completely perfect with my makeup collection, not all my products re 100% squeaky clean but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try to be healthier in our choices altogether.
I hope you guys enjoyed this post and found it useful. I’m thinking of doing a series of posts like this discussing a no more than a few ingredients at a time; this way it is easier to ingest and remember. Trust me, there are wayyyyy to many toxic ingredients to discuss and learn all at once, so let me know if you guys enjoy these sort of posts and would like to see more.