I grew up in a very healthy, all organic, environment. Over the years I've learned many things about beauty products. The scary thing about knowing so much about "bad" ingredients in beauty products is that most of the stuff that you are putting on your skin today does more harm than good. Most big companies will make you think that what you are putting on your skin is good by making the bottle look "natural" or/and adding misleading text to make you believe it's "ok", well dear, after years of following scientific researches... they are just bullsh%#*^ing their way into making more money, by using the populations' growing confidence in "natural" products. Don't fall for it, many products are actually believed to cause long-term issues within your body.
Applying a product topically, doesn't mean it can't enter your body. Yes, your skin is actually the largest organ your body owns :). When you apply a substance on your skin it will seep through your pores and enter your bloodstream, interacting with what’s inside your body. It's so important to keep beauty products as natural as possible. This might sound a little weird, but after years of experience this is one of the best advices I can give you (if you dig into this subject you'll understand): If you can't eat it, don't use it!
There are so many ways to make your own beauty products with natural ingredients, but if you don't have the resources to make something at home, there are some companies that can actually offer you something natural and organic (I've been using Weleda my entire life). Read all ingredients carfully before you decide to put something "in" your body :). And please note: not all products labeled “natural” are telling the full truth!!! Really, it's not that much of a big deal to check a bottle before you buy it, see it as an investment in yourself, you’re protecting one of your most important assets: your body.
This is a list of the most dangerous ingredients in beauty products (in a next post I'll add a few more), please read it carefully. You might not care right now, but remember that eventually you are irreversibly damaging your body.
Hope you like this post! If you have any questions or anything to add, just let me know!
Sulfates – These are used in many foaming products and can damage the eyes and severely irritate skin, so look out for these in shampoo and shower gel.
Parabens – Look for methylparaben, butylparaben, ethylparaben, and propylparaben – commonly found in many lotions, hair conditioners, deodorants, and makeup products. Parabens have been found in breast cancer tumors.
BHA & BHT – These are used as a preservative and commonly found in moisturizers and makeup. BHA and BHT can induce allergic reactions in the skin and some research has identified BHA as a possible human carcinogen.
Petrochemicals – Look out for certain alcohols, or terms ending in “anol”, like isopropyl alcohol or isopropanol, methyl alcohol or methanol, butyl alcohol or butanol, ethyl alcohol or ethanol. These chemicals can be absorbed through the skin and be toxic to the kidney, brain and respiratory system.
DEA, MEA, & TEA – These ingredients are used to make products creamy or sudsy. Look out for them in lotions, sunscreens, and cleansers like hand soap or shampoo. These chemicals are already restricted in Europe due to known carcinogenic effects and studies have shown that repeated skin applications can lead to an increased risk of liver and kidney cancer.
Propylene glycol and polyethylene glycol – Look out for “ethylene glycol”, which can be found in certain lotions, and propylene glycol, which is often an ingredient in mascara. These chemicals can easily penetrate the skin, weakening protein and cellular structure.
Triclosan – This is used in antibacterial and antifungal products, so be sure check for it in toothpaste and deodorant. Triclosan is classified as a chlorophenol, a class of chemicals suspected of causing cancer in humans.
Synthetic dyes – Look out for any term that begins with “F&DC”, usually followed by a color and a number. Certain colors can be absorbed into the skin and cause depletion of oxygen in the body, and animal studies have shown almost all of them to be carcinogenic.
Talc – This is used to absorb moisture or give a shimmery look. Be sure to look out for it in baby powder, eye shadow, and blush. Using talcum powder can increase your risk of ovarian cancer.
Artificial fragrance – Even “unscented” products often contain artificial fragrance. Look out for the terms “fragrance” or “parfum”. In addition to irritating the skin, inhaling these chemicals allows them to be absorbed internally which can lead to further health issues like asthma or damage the immune and nervous systems.
Source Images: Free People / Ingredient list: Free People