Skincare and beauty products have many different ingredients. Some of these include chemicals that are not so good for the body. Look for those skincare ingredients to avoid in your favorite products.
Skincare Ingredients to Avoid #1: Parabens
Parabens are a preservative that prevents the growth of bacteria, mold and yeast in beauty products. While this sounds like a good thing, parabens have also been linked to an increased risk of breast cancer due to the estrogen mimicking properties of the chemical. Parabens have been found and identified in biopsy samples of breast tumors. Found in makeup, body washes, deodorants, shampoos, facial cleansers, and some foods and pharmaceutical products.
Skincare Ingredients to Avoid #2: Synthetic colors
Artificial colors are represented on labels as FD&C or D&C. These letters stand for food, drug and cosmetics. These colors are made from petroleum and coal. Artificial colors have been suspected to cause caner, be a skin irritant, and are linked to ADHD in young children.
Skincare Ingredients to Avoid #3: Fragrance
Fragrance on a label can refer to hundreds of chemicals. Some of these chemicals are safe while others are carcinogens, allergens or endocrine disputors. There is no way to know what fragrances are safe and which ones aren’t; companies don’t have to distinguish between the two categories. Fragrance mixes have been linked to allergies, dermatitis, respiratory distress and possible effects to the reproductive system. Common products with fragrance listed as an ingredient include perfume, cologne, conditioner, shampoo, body wash, and moisturizers.
Skincare Ingredients to Avoid #4: Phthalates
Common phthalates include dibutyl phthalate in nail polish, diethyl phthalate in perfumes and lotions and dimethyl phthalate in hair spray. Phthalate is a chemical that increases flexibility and softness of plastics. It is often included in the category of ‘fragrances’ and not listed individually on labels. Phthalates have been linked to an increased risk of breast cancer, early breast development in girls and reproductive birth defects in males and females. Found in the above mentioned products as well as deodorants, perfumes and colognes.
Skincare Ingredients to Avoid #5: Triclosan
Often found in toothpastes, antibacterial soaps and deodorants. It is a widely used antimicrobial chemical but studies have recently raised concern that triclosan makes bacteria antibiotic-resistant. There is also not enough evidence to support the benefits of using an antibacterial over washing with soap and water. Triclosan is well known for disrupting the thyroid and reproductive hormones and being a skin irritant.
Skincare Ingredients to Avoid #6: Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and Sodium laureth sulfate (SLES)
Found in the majority of personal care and cleaning products. SLS is known to be a skin, lung and eye irritant. It also has the ability to interact and combine with other chemicals to cause kidney and respiratory damage.
Skincare Ingredients to Avoid #7: Formaldehyde
Formaldehyde is used in cosmetic products to prevent bacteria growth. It is known to cause allergic reactions and be harmful to the immune system. Formaldehyde can be found in nail polish and nail polish treatments, body washes, conditioners, shampoos, cleansers, and eye shadows.
Skincare Ingredients to Avoid #8: Toluene
Comes from petroleum and coal tar. Toluene may be listed on labels as benzene, toluol, phenylmethane, or methylbenzene. Toluene is strong enough to dissolve paint and paint thinner. Toluene has been known to affect the respiratory system, cause nausea and irritate skin. Expecting mothers should avoid exposure to toluene and toluene vapors. Found in nail polish, nail treatments and hair color/bleaching products.
It is impossible to avoid all of these products, so try exposing yourself to as little of these chemicals as possible. Check the labels before purchasing a beauty product or do some research into a new brand that uses less chemicals and fits your beauty needs!
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