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Avoid These Common Chemicals to Condition Lashes

Guess what? Those products you use to condition your lashes can actually cause way more problems than they can solve. Trust me, before you head to the cosmetics counter at your mall or drugstore, or make a purchase from an online beauty supply shop, you should know that many of the products advertised to condition lashes are actually chock-full of chemicals. Only one brand is made without these nasty chemicals.  Rest assured that this product won’t irritate and inflame the delicate skin around your eyes and contribute to lash breakage:


This chemical is commonly used as an emulsifier. It is an extremely alkaline chemical that does not match the natural acidity of your skin, meaning it’s toxic to your skin. The FDA also warns that this chemical is a human immune system and respiratory toxin.

Propylene Glycol

This chemical is a common type of alcohol used in eyelash serums. It can cause skin irritation, eye irritation, and dries out the skin and hair follicles, which can lead to lash breakage–ironic, huh? If you are looking for a worthwhile eyelash conditioning product, steer clear of anything that contains high amounts of alcohols, particularly propylene glycol.


Propylparaben is a crystalline solid used in some eyelash products. It is most commonly used as a preservative and antimicrobial agent in cosmetics. It has come under scrutiny for several years as a possible carcinogen, as some studies indicate it might predispose some young women to breast cancer–so why use it if you can possibly avoid it? There is a movement to eliminate this preservative from the cosmetics industry, and some manufacturers are seeking alternatives, such as shorter shelf-lives, for the products that contain propylparaben. Until it is eliminated from the products you use, be smart and avoid your exposure to it as much as possible.


Along with propylparaben, methylparaben is another of the family of chemicals, known as parabens, which are commonly used as antimicrobial agents in cosmetics. Lately, there has been some controversy about methylparabens used in underarm deodorants, and the possibility that they cause breast cancer. Until the research in this area has been completed it’s smart to limit your use of products that contain methylparabens.

Diazolidinyl Urea

This fine white powder is commonly used as an antimicrobial and preservative in cosmetics. PETA has alerted consumers that this chemical can be derived from animals. This chemical is showing up on most consumer watch lists as a known human immune system and skin toxin, and obviously you should limit your use of products that contain it.

Girls, your eyelashes may frame the windows to your soul, but they are no place for dangerous chemicals.  Pick a natural product and enjoy the knowledge that you look as good as you feel.


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