Makeup and Your Health:
CoverGirl vs. Bare Essentials

By Kyleen, age 15, Arizona

In September I did an article involving health concerns with popular hairsprays (Can Your Favorite Hair Spray Cause Cancer?). This month's article will explain which line of foundations is worse for your health and which is better. I will break down certain ingredients in both companies' products, and explain which can be hazardous for your body.


If we are talking about foundation, then CoverGirl's products are about the worst you can get. Yes, they may be cheaper, but they are definitely not better. At, CoverGirl foundations can be ranked as high as 7 on their scale. You will recall that this website ranks personal care products, including makeup and skin, eye, hair, and nail care, from 1 to 10, and also color codes them. You were advised to avoid those coded red (ranked 7-10). Be cautious with yellows (3-6). The greens (0-2) are the ones that are recommended.

The foundations from CoverGirl offer horrible protection against sun rays. They can actually increase how much UVB and UVA rays your skin normally takes in. On the Cosmetics Database website foundations from this company are ranked as a health hazard as well as a sun hazard. They contain titanium dioxide and octinoxate (octyl methoxycinnamate) which may be very hazardous for your skin. CoverGirl is not the best choice for a foundation. Below, see how this brand compares to one rated much better for you. Also, CoverGirl (a Procter & Gamble company) is one of those companies that experiments on animals.

CoverGirl Liquid TruBlend

Bare Essentials

Bare Essentials, also known as Bare Minerals, is a much better choice. Now you need to know that there will never be a makeup product that will be good for your skin. Every one will have its flaw. But in a comparison between CoverGirl foundation and Bare Essentials foundation your skin would be better off with Bare Essentials. It was rated on the Cosmetics Database website as a 3 compared to a 7 for CoverGirl. (Again, a lower score is better.) Bare Essentials foundation is considered a minor hazard for your skin. It still has some issues linked to sun protection, as it contains titanium dioxide, like CoverGirl, but it contains a much lower amount, which lessens the level of the hazard.

Bare Essentials Foundation

Some ingredients in each product can cause cancer or allergic reactions to your skin. Ingredients in CoverGirl can cause organ system toxicity, and not only in non-reproductive organs. Both are good products in the sense that they do what you want them to do. But from my perspective I would rather have a product that won't cause cancer or increase my skin's sensitivity to UVB and UVA rays. I would rather have a product that is safer and not tested on animals. So take what you're reading and be aware the next time you make a cosmetics purchase.

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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