Keep your eyes safe with this guide to eyeshadow ingredients
Most of us use makeup to accentuate our features. Using eye makeup especially helps us to level up our look like no other. Similarly, applying eyeshadow helps us show our creative side and become more confident.
But, sometimes eyeshadows may contain ingredients that may irritate our eyes. We’re talking bloodshot eyes, dry eye disease, flaky skin surrounding the eyes, and more.
Sounds scary, right? Well, it most certainly is. Read on as we list the top harmful chemicals that you should avoid when you buy your next eyeshadow palette.
Ingredients that are Unsafe
Parabens: The main issue with parabens is that they can stay suspended around the skin pores in your eyes. As such, they can mess up our hormone system. Methylparaben, propylparaben, and butylparaben all fall under this category and share a carcinogenic nature. This is one of the most harmful and unsafe ingredients that you should avoid at all costs.
Carbon Black: To put it simply, this is linked to toxicity in the organ system as well as cancer. Keeping this in mind, you should avoid this ingredient diligently. It is commonly found in eyeshadows, mascaras, and eyeliners so you have to be careful. Check the product label for thermal black, furnace black, channel black, lamp black, D & C Black No. 2, and, of course, carbon black. If you find any of these mentioned, keep the product back on the shelf pronto.
Aluminum Powder: The 'pigment' that we give so much importance to when it comes to eyeshadow mostly comes from aluminum powder. The problem with this particular ingredient is that it’s absorbed into the bloodstream by the pores on our eyelids. This, in turn, blocks the ability of our body to get rid of mercury causing increased levels of toxicity. Yes, we do have mercury in our body naturally but it expels it out promptly before they can do any real damage. So, throw your eyeshadow palettes that contain aluminum powder.
Thimerosal: While we are talking about aluminum powder, we have to mention thimerosal. The irony here is that this compound is a mercury preservative. It is usually added to eyeshadow products for its antiseptic and anti-fungal properties but this compound is quite literally poison. In fact, research has proved that thimerosal may disturb the proper functioning of our brain.
Nickel and Chrome: Both heavy metals, nickel, and chrome are found in eyeshadow powders especially the metallic and green color one. When there are higher levels of heavy metals in your body then you are more susceptible to brain damage. You expose yourself to the risk of having respiratory issues and lung cancer. Other reactions include easy eyelids, blisters, and rashes. There is one major issue here. Often nickel and chrome aren’t added to product labels as they’re mostly contaminants of other products which may make it difficult for you to locate it.
Talc: When we buy eyeshadows, most of us don’t realize that they have fillers in them. Product manufacturers say that adding fillers helps to control “kickback.“ The term kickback refers to the excess powder that you have on your brush after you rub it into the product. This is actually incorrect since you get more pigment from eyeshadows that skip the addition of fillers to their products. You can test this when you go to buy eyeshadow next. Talc is the most common filler that is added to eyeshadows. This ingredient should be avoided for it has a carcinogenic nature that can cause ovarian cancer.
Ethanolamine Compounds: Commonly found in the shadows, mascaras, foundations, and sunscreens, ethanolamine compounds have been linked to liver tumors. These compounds may be contaminated with nitrosamines. Nitrosamines are chemicals that can cause cancer. Hence, it is better to avoid TEA, DEA, and MEA ingredients containing eyeshadow products.
Ingredients that Are Safe
Now that we have spoken about the ingredients that you should avoid, let us talk about the safe ingredients.
Mica: This ingredient is not really toxic and as such isn’t a red flag. But, then again, you may have issues if you inhale it by mistake. Also, if you have hypersensitive skin it is better to avoid mica.
Iron Oxides: The Environmental Working Group (EWG) gives iron oxides a rating between 0-2, validating that this ingredient can be used as a colorant without causing any harm to the user.
Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide: These minerals are found in products with sunscreen, and since they sit upon your skin, rather than sinking into them, they're safer than other sunscreen ingredients.
You see, how careful you have to buy when you buy your eyeshadow makeup palette? Not only that, many manufacturers advertise their eyeshadows as mineral makeup but even then it can contain a few toxic ingredients. Before you buy eyeshadows, read the product labels carefully. If you don't know about a particular ingredient then research it until you're sure it's safe for your eyes.