Let's Talk About Talc

This one isn't food related, but often what we put ON our body is as important as what we put IN our body. My husband is an attorney specializing in mesothelioma cases. He recently glanced at a label in the bathroom and was shocked to see that our daughters' makeup still listed talc as an ingredient and immediately told them to throw it out. Here's why you should do the same. Mesothelioma is an untreatable lung cancer caused by fibers of asbestos getting into the lungs. Even "naturally occurring minerals" (like asbestos) in beauty products need to be removed. Some believe that it takes a single fiber of asbestos to cause this form of lung cancer. This is important because "products may contain up to 1 percent asbestos and be labeled as 'asbestos-free'” So, why is this allowed as an ingredient? Shouldn't the government be stopping this? "The FDA says that it 'considers it unacceptable for cosmetic talc to be contaminated with asbestos,' [yet] there are no U.S. laws or regulations that strictly prohibit talc used in consumer products from containing asbestos." "Unfortunately, when it comes to asbestos in makeup...it is up to the consumer to avoid talc products that may be contaminated with asbestos because no federal agency is responsible for regulating asbestos in makeup."

I put together a list of products that, as of the date of publication, do not contain talc. Please continue to read ingredient lists and ensure that nothing has changed. I also want to disclose that I have not checked to see if any of these brands are cruelty free or participate in animal testing. You may wish to do so, but this is an ever-changing element of cosmetics and important to verify with the brand at the time of purchase. Here are some powders that may not contain talc:

Bareminerals Hydrating Mineral Veil Finishing Powder

Bareminerals Matte Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15

Bareminerals Mineral Veil Finishing Powder

Bareminerals Original Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15

Becca Hydra-Mist Set & Refresh Powder

Burt's Bees Mattifying Powder Foundation

Cinema Secrets Illuminating Powder

Clinique FIT Post-Workout Neutralizing Face Powder

Cover FX Perfect Setting Powder

Cover FX Matte Setting Powder

e.l.f. HIGH DEFINITION POWDER - sheer color ONLY

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Silk HD Anti-Aging Micro-Powder

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Breakout Powder

Juice Beauty PHYTO-PIGMENTS Light-Diffusing Dust

L.A. Girl Powder

L'Oreal Paris True Match Naturale

Milk Makeup Blur + Set Matte Loose Setting Powder

Nars Light Reflecting Setting Powder

Neutrogena Shine Control Powder

NYX Professional Makeup Stay Matte Powder Foundation

NYX Studio Finishing Powder Translucent Finish

Pacifica All Powders

Physicians Formula Mineral Wear

Pixi Colour Correcting Powder

Pür Powders Revlon PhotoReady Powder

Smashbox Halo Hydrating Powder Foundation

Ulta Mineral Illuminating Setting Powder

Urban Decay All Nighter Waterproof Setting Powder

Wet N Wild Powders

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