Beauty or Poison? Dangers Lurking in Women’s Skincare and Makeup

Christa Adams
6 min readMar 7, 2023

In a world where women face a wide range of challenges, from discrimination and unequal opportunities to health issues and environmental degradation, it’s essential to support each other in every way possible. That’s why we want to shed some light on major issues in the products we use regularly, from cosmetics and personal care items to household cleaners and laundry detergent.

As we celebrate International Women’s Day, it’s time to remind ourselves of the power of sharing knowledge and advocating for each other’s health and well-being by spreading awareness about the dangerous chemicals and toxins found in many common products. After all, in the age of greenwashing, we can’t rely on brand transparency. By spreading the word, we can empower ourselves and our fellow women to make informed choices and prioritize our health and the well-being of our planet.


Between cosmetics, perfumes, personal care essentials, and feminine hygiene products, women apply approximately 168 synthetic chemicals to their body every day on average. While not every synthetic chemical is harmful, others are endocrine disruptors, carcinogens, and neurotoxins, most of which have not been independently reviewed before hitting the market. Thank you, poor regulation and money-hungry brands.

While ingredients labels are required by law, if you don’t know what to look out for you, you don’t know how to avoid harmful chemicals in your daily routine. Unfortunately, cosmetics aren’t required to note that their products may cause cancer or hormonal disruptions. So, here’s what you need to know.


How can these chemicals impact your body as a woman? Shockingly, researchers have found dangerous levels of mercury in skin lightening and anti-aging creams, while chemicals in hair dyes and straighteners have been linked to breast and uterine cancer. And that’s not all — fragrances in your favorite soaps and shampoos may be impacting your fertility and hormonal balance.