Ingredients to watch out for in cosmetics (maybe)

The skin is a gigantic organ that will absorb chemicals from anything you apply to it. Before you buy any cosmetics, check the ingredients. Some are suspected to be carcinogenic, some will cause skin irritations whilst others may dry out your skin. Some of the chemicals used are hormones disrupters, reproductive toxins or industrial chemicals used in in painting, cleaners and so on.

Here is a partial list to avoid:-

  • Sodium Lauryl and Sodium Laureth Sulfate – skin irritation / skin corrosion, hormone imbalance, eye irritation / eye deformities in children, protein denaturing, potential carcinogen
  • Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA) – possible human carcinogen, hormone disrupter
  • Parabens – linked to cancer, endocrine disruption, reproductive toxicity, immunotoxicity, neurotoxicity and skin irritation
  • Polyethylene Glycol (PEG) – carcinogenic contaminants risk
  • DMDM Hydantoin – preservative that releases formaldehyde, a carcinogen and tissue irritant

See more reports

For every adverse report, you can find another one that contradicts it.

Two things to think about when you consider using products with these chemicals.

  • Most dangers are associated with higher dosages. Cosmetics use these in less than 1% dosages while product safety specifications typically deal with worse case scenarios of much higher dosages.
  • Some of these chemicals like the parabens are effective preservatives. Would you rather have a cosmetic that contains microbes, yeast and fungi ? They cause just as much damage.
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