How many of us actually read the ingredients in our foundations?
I know for many years I did not. When shopping for foundations I would read countless reviews searching for the best coverage and longevity. But, I never thought about what was in my foundation.
What I have found is not pretty. From parabens to SLS to triclosan and more, our cosmetics are jam packed with toxic ingredients that can have major health impacts. I highly recommend looking at the EWG Skin Deep database for full details on the studies and research-based information on these ingredients. Those scientists really know a thing or two about the effects of these ingredients.
These rankings in the graphic are based upon the EWG database and the Think Dirty app (highly recommend for any budding green beauty enthusiast) and the studies and research that have been performed.
Lancome Teint Idole- this is ranked a ten because of the ingredient Octinoxate, a sunscreen ingredient which is also a known endocrine disruptor.
Maybelline Fit Me- Maybelline’s fit me foundation contains Octinoxate, three types of parabens and fragrance. Parabens are also endocrine disruptors, specifically mimicking estrogen in the body. Fragrance can be up to 100 different chemicals, and some may be irritating ingredients.
L’Oreal True Match- True Match contains a little ingredient known as Diazonlidyl Urea, an irritant, and agent of contact dermatitis.
Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick- the foundation stick by Bobbi Brown has been ranked a seven because of the ingredients polyethylene, and barbasol. Polyethylene is a plasticizing agent, and is harmful to the environment because it is not biodegradable.
BareMinerals Complexion Rescue- BareMinerals makes fairly clean products. But, because the Complexion Rescue contains phenoxyethanol, which is a preservative and possible neurotoxin, it ranks a five on the Think Dirty app.
L’Oreal Pro-Matte- The Pro-Matte foundation also contains phenoxyethanol, in addition to two types of dimethicone which are both classified as skin irritates.
All of these options below rank very clean on the Think Dirty App, and are excellent options for foundation!