New Study finds dangerous “Forever Chemicals” common in most makeup & which brands are PFAS-free!
The researchers tested in the study 231 products purchased from retailers like Ulta, Sephora, Target, and Bed Bath & Beyond in the United States and from Sephora and Shoppers Drug Mart in Canada and found forever chemicals (PFAS- Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) in 48 percent of the products!
Why are PFAS dangerous?
PFAS are man-made chemicals commonly used in nonstick cookware, cell phones, furniture, and commercial aircraft. They are referred to as “forever chemicals” because they do not break down in the environment.
Because cosmetic is often applied to the eyes and lips, it can be absorbed directly into the bloodstream. PFAS have been linked to birth defects, liver and thyroid disease, hormone disruption, and a range of other serious health problems, including cancer!
Why do companies put PFAS in our cosmetic?
PFAS are often used to increase product’s durability, spreadability, and wear.
The brands included in the test were:
Almay, Anastasia Beverly Hills, Bare Minerals, Bath and Body Works, Burt's Bees, Butter London, Buxom, Clinique, Cover Fx, Covergirl, Dermablend, Elf, Estee Lauder, Fenty Beauty, Formula 10.0.6, H&M, Huda Beauty, IT Cosmetics, Jeffree Star, John Frieda, Josie Maran, Juice Beauty, Julep, Juvias Place, Kat Von D, Lancome, Laura Geller, Lip Smacker, Lorac, MAC, Makeup Forever, Mally, Marc Jacobs, Maybelline, Merle Norman, Milani, MILK, NARS, Neutrogena, Nudestix, NYC New York, NYX, Perricone, Physicians Formula, Pur, Revlon, Rimmel London, Sally Hansen, Sephora Beauty, Smashbox, Soap & Glory, Tarte, theBalm, Too Faced, Ulta Beauty, Urban Decay, Wet n Wild, XO Beauty and Yes to!
Unfortunately, the study didn't break down which cosmetics companies used the most PFAS because they didn't want to be seen as "singling out" one brand over another. I wish they would come forward with this information!
The scary thing is that usually you would think that checking the label for PFAS (check for ‘PTFE’ or ‘perfluoro’) will solve the issue. However, the study finds that only 3% of the cosmetics in which targeted PFAS were measured had any PFAS listed as ingredients.
The cosmetic categories that had the highest percentage of high fluorine products were foundations (63%), eye products (58%), mascaras (47%), and lip products (55%). Two-thirds of liquid lipsticks, two-thirds of foundations, and three-fourths of waterproof mascaras contained high levels of fluorine (one of these chemicals).
How do we know if the product contains PFAS?
Since most companies do not clarify this on their label, here is a clue on how to know if your product contains PFAS: products advertised as “wear-resistant” or “long-lasting” including foundations, liquid lipsticks, and waterproof mascaras almost always contain PFAS!!!
SCARY! I think my love for liquid lipsticks just took a big hit!
So, how do we find the brands that we can trust? Turns out that the Ulta Clean Ingredient Brands contain only brands that do not use PFAS, PFOA or PFOS! That is a great source for you! Another great source are all the brands listed on Credo!
Unfortunately, the same is NOT TRUE for the CLEAN at Sephora label- as Sephora has their own guidelines that do not include PFAS in their banned ingredients.
Here is a list of brands that do not use PFAS in their products (as well as no parabens, phthalates and more- see the full "made without list")
(💄= makeup brand)
We all just might have to be more careful with our cosmetic purchases in the future!
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