They say beauty is pain, which is partly true in the make-up industry, as there are several ingredients commonly found in make-up that could potentially be dangerous to our health in the long run. In this article, we list down the top 5 ingredients that we need to avoid in make-up. 


To preserve beauty products, such as soap, lotion, and makeup, parabens are used to prevent bacteria from growing. Common parabens are methylparaben, proplyparaben, isopropylparaben, and isobutylparaben. Avoid any ingredients with ‘paraben’ in the word. 

This preservative is known to disrupt the endocrine function and mimic the function of estrogen, which can lead to hormonal imbalances and increases the probability of breast cancer, especially methylparaben. 


Commonly used to preserve cosmetics, formaldehyde is a known carcinogen that is linked to asthma, neurotoxicity, and developmental toxicity. It can be found in quaternium-15, DMDM hydantoin, and imidazolidinyl urea.

Artificial Fragrance 

Although ‘parfum’ may not seem dangerous to the naked eye, however, manufacturers aren’t required to list down the ingredients behind them, which can get a bit sketchy and could include a cocktail of carcinogens, irritant, allergens, and endocrine disruptors. 


Commonly found in nail polish and hair dyes, toluene is a volatile petrochemical solvent that can cause birth defects and attack the immune system. This is why you may need to prevent using nail polish with toluene, especially when pregnant. 


Phthalates are commonly found in artificial fragrances and nail polish with the purpose of keeping plastic from becoming brittle. Similar to parabens, phthalates are endocrine disruptors and can cause hormonal and reproductive problems and defects. 

Oxybenzones and Other Chemical Sunscreens 

Not so known is the fact that there are two types of sunscreen – chemical and mineral. Chemical sunscreens are the most common in the market, having been linked to hormone disruption, negative birth outcomes, reduced male fertility, and possibly cancer. They should be avoided at all costs, especially with children. To stay the safest, always opt for a mineral sunscreen, which does not penetrate the skin. 

What’s Next? 

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