Many beauty products contain ingredients that are harmful to your long term health. Below are 3 chemicals used in beauty products that you should avoid at all costs.
Parabens are synthetic compounds used as preservatives. These ingredients end in “-paraben” on product labels.
They are suspected endocrine disruptors and can mess with your hormones. Beauty shoppers avoid parabens more than any other chemical, so companies are eliminating them to ease concerns: Kiehl’s, for instance, spent five years retooling its Ultra Facial Cream to make a paraben-free version.
Sulfates are cleansing found in face washes, shampoos and other foamy products. Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) is one of the most common chemicals in beauty products.
High levels of SLS are potentially irritating to the skin and eyes, but Health Canada, the American Food and Drugs Administration and the European Union consider it safe for cosmetics.
Still, more companies are choosing to go sulfate-free. Herbal Essences has just launched its Bio:Renew Sulfate Free shampoos, the first mass-market haircare products to be EWG Verified—a seal given to products free of the group’s “chemicals of concern.”
Phthalates are a group of chemicals used as plastics softeners and as solvents and plasticizers in cosmetic products like nail polishes and fragrances. Some phthalates have been associated with toxic effects on reproductive health in both men and women.
Health Canada has concluded that only one type of phthalate, diethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP), is harmful to human health; it’s on the government’s Cosmetic Ingredient Hotlist and prohibited for use in cosmetic products.
But the E.U. is so concerned about four different types of phthalates—DEHP, as well as butyl benzyl phthalate, dibutyl phthalate and disobutyl phthalate—that it is banning them from use in consumer products.
Buy Organic Beauty Products
The only way to ensure that the products you use are free of harmful chemicals is to buy organic beauty products, made from natural ingredients.
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