There's an ugly truth behind many cosmetic and beauty products -- a frightening fact that isn't hidden in the fine print on the packaging, an ugly reality that most people have no clue even exists.
A shark may have died for your lipstick.
Many commercially produced brands of moisturizer, sunscreen, lipstick and eye makeup contain a compound derived from shark liver oil known as "squalene". The oily organic compound (along with squalane, a derivative) is a favored addition to many beauty products because of its moisturizing properties.
"Because [squalene] mimics our body's own natural moisturizers, it can rapidly penetrate the skin and is absorbed quickly and completely without any lingering residue," explains beauty expert Tricia Chaves.