Harmful Skin Care Ingredients

12 Days of Beauty Tips – Tip # 9: 12 Harmful Skin Care Ingredients

Potentially Harmful Skin Care Ingredients that are also found in hair care products, baby products and cleaning products.

Do you know the saying: ‘You are what you eat’? Well, the same holds true for skin care products. When you place any product on your skin, your skin naturally absorbs it. Many people believe all the hype like looking 10 years younger, diminished wrinkles, firmer skin, etc. that most companies advertise. When in reality, most of the products that promise miraculous results can actually be toxic and result in more harm than good.

I used to believe every single ad and I did indeed try virtually every single product without questioning the ingredients. Not one of them lived up to the hype. Check out the following list of 12 potentially harmful skin care ingredients that you should watch out for before purchasing and massaging these products onto your precious skin. Some of these ingredients are linked to cancer, reproductive and developmental complications, DNA damage, brain and nervous system damage, contact dermatitis (rashes and irritation to the skin), or other health issues.

  1. Parabens (Phenoxyethanol, Methyl, Butyl, Ethyl, Propyl): Used as preservatives and found in many creams or lotions, deodorants and other skin care products.
  2. Benzoyl Peroxide: Benzoyl peroxide is typically found in acne products.
  3. Propylene Glycol and Butylene Glycol (Plastics): A highly toxic material made from petroleum. It is so toxic, in fact, that the EPA requires full protective gear for anyone burying it in the ground to prevent brain, liver and kidney abnormalities.
  4. FD&C Color Pigments: Found in many beauty products, color pigments are synthesized from coal tar and contain heavy metal salts which are toxic to the skin and shown to be carcinogenic.
  5. Dioxins (triclosan, Polyethylene Glycol or PEGs and sodium laureth sulfate): Found in most non-organic tampons and linked to cancer an interfere with the immune system. Unfortunately, you won’t see ‘Dioxins’ listed as such on ingredients. Look for triclosan, PEGs and sodium laureth sulfate instead and steer clear.
  6. Triethanolamine (TEA, DEA, MEA): Not the good kind of tea. It is used to increase foam in cleansers and to adjust pH in many creams. Unfortunately, TEA is easily absorbed by the skin and accumulates in the organs of the body and the brain.
  7. Formaldehyde (DMDM hydantoin, Imidazolidinyl urea, Diazolidinyl urea, Quaternium-15, Bronopol, 5-Bromo-5-nitro-1, Hydroxymethylglycinate): typically found in nail polish, eyelash glue, and hair smoothing and straightening products. These ingredients are used as preservatives and release formaldehyde which is linked to cancer, allergies, chronic fatigue, depression, ear infections, insomnia, ear infections and headaches.
  8. Phthalates: Can be found in personal care and skin care items including soaps, body washes, cleansers, shampoos, cosmetics, nail polishes, hair spray and baby care products and usually not listed on the label.
  9. Triclosan: used as an antibacterial agent in creams and lotions. Even the EPA has listed it as a pesticide that damages human health and the environment. It is used as an antibacterial agent in in creams and lotions. It is classified as a chlorophenol which can cause cancer in humans.
  10. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES): used as foaming agents and degreasers in shampoos and found in 90% of all products that foam. SLS and SLES have been linked to eye damage, labored breathing, depression, skin irritation and diarrhea.
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  11. Toluene (benzene, methylbenzene, toluol and phenylmethane): Found in many nail polishes, even ones that are supposed to be safe from Toluene. Also found in hair coloring products.
  12. Sunscreen Chemicals (avobenzone, benzophenone and ethoxycinnamate): These are known to generate free radicals which can lead to cancer and DNA damage.

Our recommendations when confronted with these harmful skin care ingredients is to try to avoid them. Always check ingredients of the products you are interested in purchasing and if there is no ingredient list, do NOT purchase them no matter what their miracle claims are. Try to search for skin care solutions that are organic, like AnnMarie Gianni or NaturaVeda.

So please remember “Buyer Beware!” and Be Aware ALL the time!

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