Recently we talked about the dangers of young girls wearing makeup. We got a lot of feedback on that topic. However, we wanted to update you with some new information every parent needs to know before they give in and let their daughter buy her first tube of lip-gloss. It’s simple really: The sooner your daughter starts wearing makeup, the sooner it might kill her! That’s the word from Stacy Malkan, a cosmetic expert who wrote the book Not Just A Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry. She says that by the time most North American girls become teenagers, many have a daily make-up ritual that includes lipstick, mascara, eyeliner, nail polish and perfume, not to mention skin lotion, shampoo, conditioner, and hair color treatments. In fact, experts estimate that a typical young girl now walks around with at least a dozen layers of beauty products on her body! As the makeup layers add up, so does her exposure to dangerous chemicals, and that’s very bad news for a young girl’s health. Why?

Two specific types of chemicals known as parabens and phthalates have been found to disrupt hormone levels. Recent studies suggest that chronic exposure to those chemicals – especially during adolescent years – may lead to early puberty in some girls! In fact, one study found that HALF of all North American girls now begin to show signs of breast development by the age of 10 – which is more than two years sooner than females from our grandmother’s generation. Other studies link those unusual hormone levels to a higher depression rate among young girls, and a higher risk for breast cancer! That’s why experts recommend women of all ages find out exactly what chemicals go into their makeup. One great resource to check out is the Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database – which you can access at Just plug in the name of your favorite makeup product, and the database will tell you if it contains any known dangerous ingredients.