Looking good makes you feel good. Makeup and other cosmetic products are things that can make people look their best and feel more confident, but it comes at a cost.
Many frequently used makeup products contain PFAS which is “short for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances” according to ScienceNews. PFAS are also referred to as “forever chemicals” as they don’t break down easily. Companies producing these harmful cosmetic products fail to indicate the ingredients that are dangerous to users. As unethical as it may seem, makeup and cosmetic brands aren’t legally required to list all ingredients of their products on labels according to U.S. PIRG. Even if these ingredients are listed, the amount of harm they can cause isn’t mentioned either.
“Some studies in humans with PFAS exposure have shown that certain PFAS can increase the potential risk of several adverse health conditions including: affect growth, learning, and behavior of infants and older children; lower a person’s chance of getting pregnant; interfere with the body’s natural hormones; increase cholesterol levels; affect the immune system; increase the risk of cancer,” according to Public Health Madison & Dane County.
Whenever possible, avoid products advertised as long wearing or long lasting and take a look at the ingredients listed on cosmetic products. Many of them are difficult to read and have complex names, but doing research on them will provide you with information that will be beneficial for your health.
By Cierra Lemott, Sophomore, Columbia College Chicago
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