Cosmetics have been popular products for years but this attraction to beauty products may be risky. Many products contain hazardous chemicals ingredients that can be dangerous to your health. Here’s a list of 7 chemicals to avoid in your cosmetics.
1. Parabens: commonly used in makeup and listed as methyl, propyl, butyl and ethyl paraben, this toxic ingredient may interfere with hormone function and it has been associated with breast cancer. Found in nearly 90% of all products on the market, parabens are also used in lotions, scrubs, shampoos, and conditioners.
2. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES): used in cosmetics as a detergent, SLES can be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, which may cause cancer, as well as a variety of other issues such as eye irritations, skin rashes, hair loss, scalp scurf similar to dandruff, and allergic reactions. Additionally, SLS may damage liver, and affect the respiratory tract.
3. Petrolatum: avoid this particular ingredient at all costs. Used in make-up products, lip balm, lipstick, and skin care products, petrolatum is a mineral oil jelly used as a barrier to lock moisture in the skin in a variety of moisturizers. This chemical is derivative of petroleum and crude oil and it is known as an endocrine disruptor and a carcinogen. Healthy skin needs to take in oxygen and release carbon dioxide. Instead, this chemical may suffocate the skin.
4. Triclosan: Found in many cosmetic products including anti-bacterial soap, shampoo, facial cleanser, toothpaste and deodorant, triclosan has antibacterial, anti-fungal and antiviral properties. However, this chemical is a known endocrine and thyroid disrupter.
5. Siloxanes (Cyclomethicone): these silicone-based compounds are used in cosmetics and facial treatments to soften, smooth, and moisten but it may interfere with hormone function, impair human fertility, and damage the liver.
6. Polyethylene Glycol (PEGs): these petroleum-based compounds that are widely used in cosmetics as thickeners, solvents, softeners, and moisture-carriers. Commonly used as cosmetic cream bases, PEGs are easily absorbed through the skin and may be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, which can cause cancer, as well as lead, nickel and arsenic.
7. Mineral Oil: often used in beauty treatments products, mineral oil is a petroleum by-product which may clog the pores and interferes with the skin’s ability to eliminate toxins, promoting acne and other disorders. It may slows down skin function and cell development, resulting in premature aging. Its solvent properties are used on cleansers to remove oil-based.
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