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Did you know that the average woman uses at least 12 cosmetics that contain 168 different complex ingredients every single day? Do we really know all these ingredients? Especially when a lot of these ingredients in chemically-synthesized cosmetics are known to contain endocrine disruptors and some are even linked to cancer. Imagine applying that favourite red lipstick of yours and kissing your kid goodbye - you are not just exposing yourself to toxins but your loved ones as well. To help you out, we have listed the 8 most harmful and toxic ingredients you need to completely steer clear of when it comes to skincare and haircare products.
Toxic And Harmful Ingredients List In Cosmetics
Probably the most common ingredient of all, parabens are used in almost all haircare and skincare products from shampoos, body lotions, hair styling gels to foundations. They are used as preservatives that help prevent mold or bacteria growth in cosmetics and make them last longer. That’s exactly why chemically-synthesized cosmetics have a longer shelf life. But parabens are known as endocrine disruptors and can cause hormonal imbalance, infertility, and even cancer. They can penetrate the skin very easily and enter your bloodstream and that’s what makes them extremely dangerous.
An antibacterial agent, triclosan is often found in hand sanitisers and antibacterial soaps. It contributes to creating antibiotic-resistant bacteria and is known to impact reproductive and thyroid hormones. The US and other countries did ban it from antibacterial soap, but it is still widely used in deodorants, shaving cream, and even toothpaste and other haircare and skincare products that you use every day! Scary, right?
3) Artificial Fragrances
Almost every chemically-synthesized skincare or haircare product contains fragrance. Usually mentioned as “fragrance” or “parfum”, it can contain a plethora of ingredients that could actually be endocrine disruptors, carcinogens, or irritants. The scary part is manufacturers are not required to mention or reveal what’s under the label of fragrance.
4) Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLS/SLES)
Used as foaming agents, SLS or SLES are used in shampoos, soaps, toothpaste, and many other skincare and haircare products. They are nothing but surfactants that are known to cause skin reactions, irritations, and even trigger allergies.
Phthalates are nothing but plasticizers that are used as solvents in cosmetics and in personal care products. They are used in nail polishes to prevent them from chipping and in hair sprays for that stronghold. But like parabens, they are known to be endocrine disruptors and can cause hormonal dysfunction, and kidney, lung, and liver issues. Yet it is still widely used in haircare and skincare products.
In fact, skincare products are considered the biggest source of exposure to phthalates, especially in women.
Used as a preservative in cosmetics, formaldehyde was classified as a carcinogen decades ago. However, it is still widely used in nail polishes, hair straightening products, eyelash glue, and other skincare and haircare products. As per research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, formaldehyde can increase the risk of infertility in women trying to conceive and the chances of miscarriage in pregnant women. I’m sure the next time you buy any skincare and haircare product you will surely check the label for this one!
Oxybenzone is used in almost every chemical sunscreen out there. It is known to protect you from harmful UVA/UVB rays and prevent skin burns. An FDA released research showed that oxybenzone can be linked to negative birth outcomes, hormonal disruption, reduced fertility in males, and even cancer. Chemical sunscreens are extremely dangerous and should be avoided completely. Oxybenzone is even used in some lip balms and lotions. When there are mineral and natural sunscreens out there that can protect you from UV rays, why would you choose to expose yourself to something so toxic, right?
A big no-no to this one! Found in hair dyes and nail polishes, this one can be super toxic to the immune system, is linked to brain toxicity, and is known to cause stillbirths. It’s even banned in the EU and Southeast Asia.
Want to avoid these toxic ingredients?
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Author: Reema Tej Sheth