Even though plenty of beauty and skin care companies dress their products in pretty and colorful packaging to lure customers; sometimes even using huge claims to set their product apart from the rest, consumers must still be wary of the ingredients that go into each formula. By getting to know the harmful chemicals used in every product you use on your skin, you’ll be able to avoid the consequences that come with these supposedly harmless products.
Here are some of the top ingredients you should steer clear of!
This is one of the most common ingredients found in skin care products including face cleansers and lotions. Parabens prevent mold and parasites from developing, helping preserve the shelf life of products they’re in.
What’s alarming is that parabens can be absorbed by the skin and disrupt hormonal balance which may cause reproductive and fertility issues. It has also been linked to breast cancer tumors and testicular cancer in men, so it’s better to stick to products labeled paraben-free.
This ingredient, most commonly found in cosmetic products, helps a product adhere better to our skin. Found in some deodorants, hair sprays and lotions, phthalates have been found to act as a hormone disruptor which may lead to reproductive issues and developmental problems in children.
Though it may sound harmless, companies usually don’t disclose what chemicals they use to make it. This ingredient, which you can find in some moisturizers and hand creams, can cause hormonal disruption and allergies. Similar to other harmful ingredients, fragrance may lead to reproductive issues.
Used to eliminate pimples, benzoyl peroxide may irritate your skin and lead to hyperpigmentation. Although this ingredient does its job of cleaning pores, it has been found that it also thins the skin and makes it more prone to sun damage. Try to see for yourself if this ingredient is causing you more harm than good.
Yes, the heavy metal that used to be a component of paint and gasoline can be found in some lipsticks and lip glosses. This neurotoxin must be avoided at all costs because it can lead to behavioral and learning issues.
MIT or methylisothiazolinone is an antibacterial ingredient commonly used in baby shampoos and moisturizers. This harmful ingredient has been linked to brain cell damage and the risk of seizures and visual abnormalities.
Another antibacterial agent which is usually mixed in hand soaps and cleansers has been found to disrupt hormone and thyroid balance. Although it works in killing bacteria, triclosan can cause superbugs to form; which is a harmful bacteria that resists antibiotics. It also has a terribly bad effect on the environment.
With these ingredients in mind, try going through your skin care or cosmetics stash and weed out products that might be bad for you and your skin. Make it a habit to read through labels and try going for more natural and organic products next time!