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Hidden danger inside beauty products and cosmetics

Updated: Jan 19

The other day I put together a list of resources, regarding my personal concerns about daily care and a beauty routine with a more natural and, yet effective approach to beauty products.

We all purchase a product here and there, on a regular basis, in hopes to see promised results. With that in mind, we cannot dismiss considerations between Cost-Benefits X Hidden dangerous ingredients that can cost our whole health one day…

As Mother’s Day quickly approaches, I started writing articles and blogs including my findings on what’s available on the market and can be safely used, not only by pregnant moms, but our children and family as well.

I want to share it all with you, using straight to the point information that you can have handy when searching for a new beauty product or cosmetic for your beauty cabinet or the cute mini fridge in your bathroom.

My research comes tied to the intention of, not only provide important information related to an unfortunate industry that does not care about human's health and well-being, but what you CAN DO to stay on the safe side and on top of the best interest of your family. It is worth reading it all.

I was recently contacted by Nichole. She is the Outreach Coordinator of an asbestos researching company. She provided updated links serving as eye-openers for the tip of this iceberg.

After reading some of my previous blogs, she noticed my concerns, not only as a professional who photographs pregnant moms, newborn babies and families, but also as woman, and mother, who tries to implement more sustainable ways for a healthy lifestyle to my family members and loved ones in my surrounding communities.

With that being said, I could not let go the opportunity of bringing important information to other women.

The best way to outreach other moms and women is via “all I can use of” internet.

Nichole shared updated resources found by the Mesothelioma Center, providing helpful information on exposure to asbestos.

Asbestos is a mineral that can be prejudicial to our health and cause ovarian and breast cancer. Unfortunately, some makeup and hair products can contain this mineral.

I believe this is an item of vital importance and interest for my audience, so here are the important takes pointed by the Mesothelioma Center, that I want to share with you.

Asbestos in Makeup

Because talc and asbestos are minerals found close together, when talc is mined it may contain traces of asbestos. Talcum powder is still an ingredient in several cosmetics brands. As recently as November 2020, a study found 14% of the talc-containing makeup tested also contained asbestos.

Pay attention to Soft, Silky Texture on Makeup

Many products have been tested positive for asbestos in 2019. None of these manufacturer's entities have announced plans to stop using talc or stop selling talc-based cosmetics.

Talc is added to many consumer products in addition to cosmetics, including deodorants, powders, soap, feminine hygiene products, contraception devices, pills, textiles, chalk, children’s balloons, clay, crayons and toy fingerprint kits.

It is the softest mineral on Earth and is known for its ability to absorb moisture and reduce the appearance of oily skin. For example, talc-based face powders are commonly used on top of cream foundations to “set” the foundation so that it stays in place and looks naturally dry instead of oily and shiny.

FYI, Chanel, Revlon and L’Oreal have chosen to remove talc from some, but not all, of their products.

“So far, NONE of the makeup or toys brands have announced plans to remove talc from their cosmetics and products.”

Closing this idea, talc is added to makeup because it creates a soft, silky texture, and it dilutes pigmented products and acts as filler. It is a common ingredient in powder compacts, finishing powders, eye shadows, blushes, foundations, and creams.

Talc and asbestos are minerals that form together. That means talc mined for commercial uses can be contaminated with asbestos — a known cause of lung cancer and mesothelioma.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not regulate cosmetic-grade talc. The federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act of 1938 does not require the FDA to review cosmetic products and their ingredients, with the exception of color additives.

In 1976, the Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association (now known as the Personal Care Products Council) asked its members to use asbestos-free talc in their products. While the FDA says that it “considers it unacceptable for cosmetic talc to be contaminated with asbestos,” there are no U.S. laws or regulations that strictly prohibit talc used in consumer products from containing asbestos.

When these products are contaminated with asbestos, they pose an inhalation risk that could lead to lung cancer or mesothelioma.

Asbestos in makeup does not cause any immediate side effects because the health consequences of asbestos exposure take decades to develop. The latency period associated with mesothelioma is between 20 and 60 years after a person is first exposed to asbestos.

Brands of children’s makeup that tested positive for asbestos include:

· Just Shine Shimmer Powder, Justice

· Claire’s Compact Powder style #83915-9

· Claire’s Contour Palette style #40194-3

· JoJo Siwa Makeup Set, Claire’s

· Mint Glitter Makeup Set, Claire’s

· Pink Glitter Palette with Eyeshadow & Lip Gloss, Claire’s

· Bedazzled Rainbow Heart Makeup Set, Claire’s

· Pink Glitter Cellphone Makeup Compact, Claire’s

· Professional Eye Makeup Kit, Claire’s

· Rainbow Bedazzled Star Makeup Set, Claire’s

· Rainbow Bedazzled Rectangle Makeup Set, Claire’s

· Ultimate Mega Makeup Set, Claire’s

· Metallic Hot Pink Glitter 48 Piece Makeup Set, Claire’s

· Rainbow Glitter Heart Shaped Makeup Set, Claire’s

Tips for Avoiding Asbestos in Cosmetics

Simply looking for “all natural” or organic cosmetics isn’t enough to avoid asbestos-contaminated talc.

· Be aware of and avoid brands that test positive for asbestos.

· Buy talc-free brands.

· Don’t assume brands that claim to be asbestos-free, organic or natural are totally free of asbestos.

· Remember that talk IS an all-natural substance.

Be aware to Shop for Talc-Free Products!

The following cosmetic brands are made free of talc:

· Pacifica

· Shea Moisture

· Smashbox

· Honest Beauty

· Affordable Mineral Makeup

· Everyday Minerals

· Ecco Bella

· Juice Beauty

. Covergirl Clean Fresh Collection

Online resources are available to find these brands and products.

For example, you can use the websites Skin Deep and Made Safe to find talc-free cosmetics.

Hair dryers and exposure to asbestos.

The hand-held and hood varieties of hair dryers used by hairdressers through the late 70s, often contained asbestos, which was used to insulate the appliance. In the 80s, manufacturers stopped including asbestos in the making of these appliances.

Be aware of how old the equipment is used by your salon, or how old is the equipment you have at home and if it complies to new safety protocols.

Legal options and information regarding the use of older beauty equipment, can be found in the safe link below.

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About La Dolce Vita Photography by Layne Fernandes

Besides being a photographer, I am a City Planner and Economist with two published scientific publications, in magazines, approved by the University of Vale do Paraiba, Brazil. My formal professional background is tied to Economy, business and years of experience in the field of Education. I have worked with children, teens and adults.

I hold an active Aesthetician license to the state of Colorado and contribute to the community with freelance scientific based research to the well-being and interest of my community for a better life-quality.

Photographing the process of women becoming mothers, newborn babies, baby’s first year milestones and families have been one of my biggest passions and taken from life. This is how I feel that I truly give back and provide a lifetime of beautiful memories to families who approach me and value my art.

As a Professional Photographer, I am specialized in maternity, newborn, babies' first year and families.

My studio has been voted and recognized as “Best of Aurora 2022” and “Top 5" at Kev’s Best in 2023.

I am trained and certified to safely work with newborn babies by APNPI and Bel Ferreira, a well-known certified instructor from Brazil.

Safety, hygiene, knowledge and love are nonnegotiable pre-requisites in my studio.

Thinking about Booking your Maternity and Newborn Sessions?

Maternity Photography Sessions

Congratulations for being on this journey and soon to experience the most wonderful feeling of having your newborn baby in your arms, for the very first time. Having photographs taken to remember this amazing journey is something very special to consider.

My maternity sessions are offered in two ways:

1. Three sessions: one milestone celebration, storytelling every trimester of your story. “This is what I did when expected my son.”

2. One single session: if your option is only one session, my best recommendation is between weeks 32 ~37, when you have reached a beautiful sized bump and you are still feeling mostly comfortable for posing. My posing system is personalized in a way that respects your anatomy for a gentle experience!

Newborn Photography Sessions

Newborn Sessions are preferably scheduled in advance. I promise to keep my agenda flexible to accommodate your baby in the very first days of a grand entrance into this world!

My newborn sessions take place within the first 10 ~ 12 days, when they are reaching the deepest sleep and their bodies are still as flexible as if they were in the womb and not experiencing cramps, due to the natural adaptation to the exterior environment.

Do not panic if you haven’t booked a newborn session in advance! I also offer family lifestyle sessions for siblings and parents.

How to book a Photography Session with Layne Fernandes

Should you wish to learn more about my work and inquiry a photography session, please feel comfortable to contact me via website form:

I love to welcome new families and new positive energy into my studio!

I cannot wait to plan a studio or outdoor session, with a nice warm day in mind, with you!


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