Makeup is extremely popular all over the world, and the incredible growth of the beauty industry reflects that. According to experts, the global beauty industry is expected to rise at a rate of 3.8 per cent per year for the next five years.
But while makeup’s popularity is undisputed, consumers and experts are starting to worry about makeup’s impact on physical health—and for good reason.


All beauty products, from foundation to eyeshadow to blush, contain chemicals, some of which are harmful to your health. But what’s really alarming is how some of these chemicals can penetrate the skin and enter the bloodstream. If the chemicals are toxic, this could be a huge health risk.

Here are just a few of the harmful chemicals found in popular makeup products.

This is a bluish-white metal linked to kidney failure, bone disease, and cancer. Even more scary, some researchers believe cadmium can be toxic at levels below the ones set by the World Health Organization. Cadmium is usually found in foundations, eye shadows, and eye primers.


These chemicals are often added to beauty products to prevent bacteria overgrowth. Parabens are known as potential endocrine disruptors, and one study has even linked them to breast cancer. They’re commonly found in perfumes, shower gels, and conditioners.

This is a mineral found mainly in powder products—including powder foundation, blush, and powder eyeshadows. Talc is often found to be laced with asbestos (a known carcinogen), and a large number of studies link it to ovarian cancer.

One thing’s for sure: I’m definitely going to be more careful with what I put on my face.