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Don't Let These Toxic Ingredients Touch Your Face!

We're here to remind you lest you forget: There are a lot of harmful chemicals in our makeup and skincare products that unfortunately pose potential health risks to our bodies. This is not meant to freak you out, but sadly, majority of our everyday beauty products contain a long list of potentially toxic ingredients that are skin irritants, skin penetrators, endocrine disrupters, and are carcinogenic (a substance suspected to cause cancer). We have to face the ugly reality that a lot of these substances can cause serious harm to our health and the environment. 

To help you navigate that long list of ingredients on product packaging, we’ve put together a guide to help you determine what you should avoid when picking your next beauty essentials. Keep these in mind and you should be fine!

Parabens

This ingredient is usually used as a preservative in a variety of beauty products. Mostly found in facial cleansers, body wash, deodorants and shampoo, they are considered toxic as they are absorbed through skin and interfere with hormone function.

 

Fragrance

Frangrance sensitivities are now becoming more common nowadays. The inclusion of it can sometimes lead to allergies, asthma, headaches, and dermatitis. We then recommend that instead of using fragrance-heavy beauty products that contain a multitude of toxic ingredients, use products that use organic essential oils to make you smell good and feel relaxed—win-win!

 

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate

Often found in mainstream personal hygiene products such as shampoos, toothpaste, and mouthwash, did you know that this chemical is easily absorbed into the body and is known for causing skin irritation? This ingredient was also tested on animals before human use and results to eye damage and breathing problems. Time to steer clear of anything with SLS!

 

Artificial dyes and synthetic colors

We know you want a pop of color on your face, but if your favorite cosmetics are conventional, chances are they are just as dangerous as they look fabulous. Though undeniably pretty, many of them most likely have synthetic colors, and this ingredient is said to be carcinogenic and are likely to cause all sorts of undesirable skin allergies, and rashes.


Lead photo from Violet Grey