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16 Toxic Chemicals to Avoid in Your Makeup and Skincare

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Do you know what goes into the products you use on your skin? Is your skin and body safe from chemical ingredients? We have compiled a list of the 16 most harmful ingredients found in cosmetics and skincare. Here you go.

1. Sulfates

Sulfates can be formed when H2SO4 (sulphuric acid) reacts with another chemical. They can also be made from petroleum or plant materials like palm oil and coconut oil. They are used to lather and act as surfactants.

Sulfates can cause irritation to your skin and eyes. Sulfates can cause premature removal of dye from hair. They are being used to destroy rainforests by being extracted from natural sources such as palm oil. They can be toxic to aquatic species if they are washed away.

Did You Know? Sulphates are the main ingredient in most Mascaras on the market.

2. Parabens

Parabens, which are preservatives that keep your skin and makeup clean and free from germs. Parabens can be found in many products, including soaps, lotions, and makeup. They are known to increase the production of estrogen (female sexual hormone) and cause problems with brain and reproductive function.

Parabens can be found in your skin. They mimic estrogen and cause excessive cell division in breasts. This can eventually lead to breast cancer.

3. Phthalates

Phthalates can be described as salts or plasticizing chemical that are used to spread a product. Phthalates are used in nail varnishes, lotions, and perfumes. They are also used in shampoos as softeners.

4. Synthetic colors

Synthetic colors can be made from petroleum or coal-tar. Coal tar is composed of hydrocarbons and carbon, as well as water. It is a viscous, thick liquid that has a distinctive smell. Are you looking for lipsticks with deep pigmentation? This is the right time to consider what goes into these pigments. Higher coal tar percentages are possible for pigments that are heavier.

Many of the eyeshadows that are commercially available contain coal tar. Synthetic colors can lead to skin irritations, cancers, breakouts, and ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder).

5. Fragrance

You will find fragrances in products such as moisturizers and shampoos. These products contain chemicals that can cause respiratory problems, skin allergies, dermatitis, and other side effects to the reproductive system.

There are no organizations that prohibit manufacturers from using fragrances. They don’t have to disclose what fragrances contain. Fragrances can be carcinogens, irritants, and endocrine disruptors. It’s time for unscented products to be used!

6. Triclosan

Triclosan can be found in toothpaste tubes, antibacterial soaps, and deodorants. It is anti-bacterial in nature, but it can also be an endocrine disruptor or skin irritant. According to some studies, triclosan may cause intestinal inflammation and tumor growth in mammalian.

Triclosan is slow to break down and therefore, can be considered a threat to the environment. Triclosan is also dangerous for aquatic life, just like sulfates.

7. Toluene

Toluene, a petrochemical solvent, is found in many nail polish and hair dyes. They can cause damage to your immune system, and could pose a risk for birth defects or blood cancer. If you’re an expectant mother, avoid using nail polish and hair dyes as they can cause harm to the developing foetus.

Toluene can cause fatigue, headaches, nausea, and somnolence in the central nervous system.

8. Talc

Do you remember how soft talcum powder feels to the touch? Talc is the most soft mineral found naturally. Talc absorbs moisture and is most commonly found in baby powders and eye shadows, blushes, deodorants, and soaps.

But ovarian cancer is directly linked to talc. This became a concern first when a Johnson died from ovarian cancer after using talc for 35 years. Inhaled talc can cause lung cancers.

9. Lead

Lipsticks, eye-liners and foundations are all contaminated with lead, as well as whitening toothpastes and foundations. Although lead is not added directly to lipsticks, it is a major contaminant of lipstick colorants. Do you love wearing lipstick to work every day? We do, too! We needed this reality check!

Lead, a heavy metal, is naturally found in the earth’s crust. Our air, water and food are already contaminated with enough lead. FDA (Food and Drug Association) regulates cosmetics. Lead levels have been allowed to range from 0 to 20 parts per million (ppm).

10. Chemicals In Sunscreens

Sunscreens can contain chemicals such as PABA, benzophenones, oxybenzone, and ethoxycinnmate. Although they are thought to absorb light, they can cause more harm than good. These sunscreen chemicals can disrupt the hormones.

11. Polyethylene Glycol

PEG is used in the production of skincare products such as lotions, sunscreens and shampoos to thicken them. It can lead to cancer and other respiratory problems. It can strip your skin of natural oils (sebum), and cause the oil-producing glands (oil-producing cells) to produce more sebum. This can lead to skin becoming greasy.

12. Formaldehyde

Formaldehyde can be used in skincare as a preservative. Formaldehyde is a colorless gas that is used to stop the growth of bacteria. Formaldehyde is found in nail polishes. It can also be found in hair gels, hair hardeners, nail polishes, shampoos, lotions, and makeup. Formaldehyde can cause hair loss, skin irritations, asthma, and neurotoxicity. Formaldehyde inhaled can cause dizziness or suffocation.

13. Diethanolamine

The foaming shampoos, body washes, and shampoos are our favorite. Don’t we? Are you aware of the ingredient that aids in foaming? It is diethanolamine. It is a foaming ingredient that is often found in shampoos, body washes and cleansers. It can cause cancer and is a respiratory toxin.

14. Alcohol

It is common to use alcohol in skin care products. It helps to absorb the product better, making it a good fit for some creams and lotions. However, alcohol can be a dangerous ingredient in skincare products. The skin can become dry and flaky from the use of alcohol (drying alcohol). It can disrupt the skin’s natural renewal process. Not all alcohols are harmful to your skin. Fatty alcohols, which are made from natural fats or oils, are excellent moisturizing agents.

15. Hydroquinone

For skin lightening, hydroquinone can be used in skincare. It can be used to treat pigmentation such as acne scars and freckles, melasma and age spots. Hydroquinone works by decreasing melanin pigment-producing cell (melanocytes).

Hydroquinone is known to be a carcinogen. Hydroquinone can cause skin whitening if used for too long. It reduces the melanocytes in great detail.

16. Petrolatum

The softening properties of petrolatum make it a good choice for dry skin. Petrolatum is used in moisturizers and lip balms. It acts as a barrier that prevents water from escaping but also stops the absorption of moisture. You may find yourself tempted to reapply lip balm after your skin has dried out. If the product is not well refined, it can contain harmful chemicals such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, (PAHs).

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