A friend of mine recently switched from buying mascara brands sold at drug stores and department stores to a "natural" brand of product sold at Whole Foods. She told me that she was doing this because she read that your average tube of mascara is dangerous — loaded with toxic chemicals. This friend was trying to care for me, of course. I have a really sensitive system: I break out in rashes and hives all the time, so I try to avoid products that are toxic in any way. But the thing is... I LOVE MASCARA. My mascara is my most prized piece of makeup. Honestly, I would happily give you all my shadows, eyeliners and lip glosses. Just don't take my Maybelline Great Lash!
As far as I'm concerned, mascara is a god — a king of kings or queen of queens — and the top of the makeup food chain. Mascara is a two-second solution to the appearance of exhaustion: It takes me from drab to divine with little to no effort. It is my bestie. So I wasn't going to just take my friend's word as bond. NO! So what if we've been friends since kindergarten, and I know her to be well researched and rarely rash? NO! I needed to do the research about the dangers of mascara for myself, and while I was at it, I figured I'd do the research for you, too.
MASCARA TUBES GROW BACTERIA
SOME MASCARAS ARE LOADED WITH CHEMICALS
HEALTHY AND SAFE MASCARA EXISTS
The news that mascara can be legitimately dangerous was absolutely devastating, and my immediate response was selfish. I found myself wondering about my brand. Are all mascaras to be avoided or is my brand — the beloved green and pink tube in my makeup case — still allowed to rescue me from pallid when I'm hungover? And furthermore, how could I find out about particular brands? Where, oh where, would I find this information? Surprise: There's an app for that (and a website).
"The Environmental Working Group has their Skin Deep website where consumers can research all types of beauty products," says Dr. Krukowski. "They also have an app that can be downloaded that allows consumers to type in particular beauty products as well as search by bar code while in the store. The app rates the products from least harmful to most harmful per the ingredients."
When you check out the website, you'll be happy to learn that Maybelline Great Lash gets a three on a scale of 10, with ten being the worst. And in case you were wondering, I can live with a three.