Every few weeks when you stock up on skincare products, how often do you flip the bottle over to look at the ingredients label? Chances are, the answer is not a lot. Even if you do check out what’s in the creams and makeup that you put on your skin, understanding the words can be a struggle.
Not many people know what phthalates are and why they’re bad for them. Yet, this ingredient is included in products all over the US.
Let us be your translation guide. Keep reading to learn more about toxic beauty products and the ingredients that make them so hazardous to your health.
Nine times out of ten, the worst skincare products have one thing in common. They contain some kind of fragrance. The problem with these products is that nobody knows what’s in them most of the time.
Manufacturers have to include fragrance on the label, but they don’t have to display what is in said fragrance. They usually contain harmful parabens to some degree.
Parabens are a substance that acts as a preservative in most beauty products. It’s also a well-known endocrine disruptor. It can harm the human reproductive system, and it’s been linked to breast cancer.
Phthalates are another no-no. They’re mostly used to make plastic products more flexible and less prone to breakage, but you can also find them in fragranced skincare products. It helps the scent stick to the skin a bit easier.
Your tube of mascara contains an ingredient called carbon black. In small doses, this substance may not hurt you, but it is on the FDA’s list of banned chemicals for a reason.
It has the potential to cause cancer, reduce lung function, and cause negative effects in offspring. Mascara isn’t the only beauty product that contains this harmful chemical. It’s also in eyeliner and eyelash glue.
It’s not always listed as carbon black. When you’re reading the label, be on the lookout for acetylene black, furnace black, thermal black, and lamp black. If all else fails, you can make your own makeup.
Yes, it’s true that you shouldn’t go out and greet Mr. Sun without a little protection. Most turn to sunscreen. A wide brim hat and lightly colored clothing will do the trick as well.
While sunscreen can protect you from harsh UV rays, you’ll need to watch out for any bottles that contain oxybenzone. Like parabens, it can throw your hormones off balance.
Oxinoxate can cause some irritation if your skin is more on the sensitive side. The same goes for homosalate. It will absorb UV rays and keep them off your skin, but you may experience some redness and discomfort.
If you want to fight off aging and wrinkles as you get older, you’ll have to make sure that your face gets plenty of moisture. Most people suggest making moisturizer a regular part of your routine.
Many lotions contain parabens, however, so you have to be careful. Some of them also have petroleum jelly, which isn’t harmful unless manufacturers don’t refine it the right way.
When that happens, PAHs get involved. They are a group of chemical compounds that can cause cancer, not to mention irritate the skin.
Many lotions also have phthalates and at least some form of formaldehyde to help extend the product’s shelf life. While not all good skincare products have formaldehyde in them, they may contain a substance that will release it. Many people have some type of allergic reaction to it, and it’s been known to cause many forms of cancer.
Triclosan can do so much damage to the human thyroid and hormones that many countries have banned its use. The US isn’t one of those countries.
It’s good for removing bacteria, so many companies use it in deodorant, hand sanitizer, and acne cleansers. Where there is scent, there are always phthalates for the most part.
Many deodorants have some trace amounts of aluminum. When you absorb this metal into your skin, it can cause instability throughout the body. One common result of this is breast cancer.
The good news in all of this is that you can find products that are both aluminum and fragrance-free. They’re pretty commonplace on the internet and in the grocery store.
Soap-suds are often associated with cleanliness. The thing is, these suds are only a byproduct of a bunch of other chemicals in the product working together.
It’s thought that this byproduct can cause certain cancers. You’ll have to watch out for it when you buy soap and hair dyes. Toluene is another hazardous chemical found in hair dye. It can cause problems during pregnancy.
It’s for this reason why it’s banned in most places. You can still find it in products in the US, however.
There is a lot of gray areas when it comes to talcum powder. On the one hand, it could contain asbestos which is dangerous to your lungs. On the other hand, it could be completely harmless.
Many people don’t like making that gamble, so they elect to make their own makeup or use corn starch instead of talcum powder. That’s why if you go for more information here, you’ll see that talc is on the “do not use” list.
Watch Out for These Skincare Products
Next time that you’re at the grocery store buying skincare products, don’t forget to turn the bottle over to read the list of ingredients. If it contains any of the chemicals that we’ve discussed here, put it right back on the shelf.
Smelling good and staying hygienic isn’t worth the health issues. There are healthier alternatives out there that you can pick up instead.
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