Many of the products commonly used in American cosmetics have been banned for use in cosmetics by the European Union. These are JUST FIVE of the over 1,110 ingredients that have been banned in Europe over concerns of cancer, birth defects, or ill effects on reproductive health but remain on the shelves here in the US.
Selenium sulfide, a substance used in anti-dandruff shampoos, has been found in a study by the United States’ Toxicology Program to be “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen.”
Remember formaldehyde from high school? It’s often used in nail polish although it’s a known carcinogen that could also potentially cause respiratory problems.
Another chemical, quaternium-15 releases formaldehyde--but is used anyway in many beauty products including eyeshadow and nail polish remover.
Talc, found in deodorants and powdered cosmetics, has sometimes been found to contain asbestos. Even asbestos-free talc has been flagged as a possible carcinogen.
Finally, titanium dioxide, often used in sunscreens, may be a carcinogen when inhaled and may cause organ-system toxicity.
The best way to keep yourself safe from these products is to switch to all-natural cosmetics, soaps, and housewares so that you may minimize your exposure to such noxious substances.