Why should you get rid of your toxic beauty products?

In this post, I want to talk about the toxic chemicals that products can contain, and we put them on our skin.

I’m really passionate about natural beauty products, I still have a few products that contain a few unhealthy ingredients, but I’m on the mission to change all my products.

I hope this list will help you to find out more about these toxic ingredients, and it can inspire you to make changes in your life.

Let’s get into it!

1. Aluminium and aluminium compounds:

They are found in:

  • deodorants
  • shaving creams
  • moisturizers
  • baby products
  • sunscreen products

Aluminium is used in products because of its ability to stop the sweat ducts from releasing sweat to the surface of the skin; to minimize the pores on the face.
The constant application of antiperspirants containing aluminum chloride or aluminum chlorhydrate could be related to an increase in breast cancer cells because of the compounds’ ability to mimic estrogen in the body.
If you use products containing aluminium, it can get to your bloodstream through your skin, and it can be toxic for your body.

The most common aluminium compounds:

  • Aluminium Zirconium Tetrachlorohydrex Gly
  • Aluminium Chlorohydrate
  • Ammonium alum
  • Aluminium Chlorohydrex Pg
  • Aluminium Fluoride
  • Alumina
  • Aluminium Silicate
  • Alumínium Zirkónium – Tri-, Tetra-, Penta-, Octachlorohydrat

2. Foaming surfactants/agents:

They are found in:

  • bubble bath
  • shower gel
  • baby bubble bath
  • intimate wash
  • shampoo, conditioner
  • toothpaste
  • face wash, make-up remover

These surfactants can be found in more than 90 percent of personal care and cleaning products (think foaming products). SLS’s are known to be skin, lung, and eye irritants. A major concern about SLS is its potential to interact and combine with other chemicals to form nitrosamines, a carcinogen. These combinations can lead to a host of other issues like kidney and respiratory damage.

The most common foaming surfactants:

  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)
  • Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES)
  • Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate (ALS)
  • Ammonium Laueth Sulfate (ALES)

3. Emulsifiers:

They are found in:

  • moisturizers
  • body lotion
  • skincare products

In cosmetics, an emulsifier includes any ingredient that helps keep unlike ingredients (such as oil and water) from separating in an emulsion.
All the triethanolamine derivatives make nitrozamines in the body which can irritate the skin, be harmful to the liver and the kidneys.

The most common emulsifiers:

  • TEA-C12-C15 Alkyl Sulfate
  • TEA-Cocoate
  • TEA-Cocoyl Hydrolyzed Protein
  • TEA-Dodecylbenzenesulfonate
  • TEA-Hydroiodide
  • TEA-Lactate

4. Fragrance:

It’s found in:

  • perfumes
  • skincare products
  • make-up
  • detergents, cleaning products
  • shampoo, conditioner
  • body care products etc.

Fragrance mixes have been associated with allergies, dermatitis, respiratory distress and potential effects on the reproductive system.
It’s the best to use products without fragrance, or products that contain only essential oils.

The most common ingredients that can cause allergies:

  • Amyl Cinnama
  • Cinnamyl Alcohol
  • Citral
  • Eugenol
  • Hydroxycitronellal
  • Isoeugenol
  • Amylcinnamyl Alcohol
  • Cinnamal
  • Coumarin
  • Geraniol
  • Hydroxyisohexyl-3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyd

5. Preservatives:

They are found in:

  • most of the beauty and cleaning products
  • make up

This category is a tricky one. According to European regulation, the products must contain some kind of preservatives. Unfortunately, most of the synthetic preservatives are toxic to our body and environment.
The more synthetic the product, the less it will go bad since the synthetic ingredients can’t get moldy, fermented. Although these ingredients are not good for the skin.
You can always find products without preservatives, but keep that in mind those will expire sooner.

All the synthetic preservatives are toxic, but I want to mention a few really bad ones:

  • Triclosan: it’s widely used antimicrobial chemical that’s a known endocrine disruptor — especially thyroid and reproductive hormones, and a skin irritant.  Tricolson can be found in toothpastes, antibacterial soaps and deodorants.
  • Methylparaben, butylparaben, ethylparaben, isobutylparaben, propylparaben: Parabens are widely used preservatives that prevent the growth of bacteria, mold and yeast in cosmetic products. Parabens possess estrogen-mimicking properties that are associated with increased risk of breast cancer. They can be found in makeup, body washes, deodorants, shampoos and facial cleansers. You can also find them in food and pharmaceutical products.

Here’s a list of the SAFE ONES:

  • Benzoic Acid
  • Sorbic Acid
  • Phenoxyethanol
  • Ascorbic acid
  • Tochopheryl Acetate
  • Apple Acid
  • Ascorbyl Palmitate
  • Benzyl Salicylate
  • Benzy Alcohol
  • All the essential oils

6. Petroleum derivatives:

They are found in:

  • deodorants
  • body lotions
  • baby products
  • sunscreens
  • hand creams
  • body oils
  • hair care products
  • shaving creams

These derivatives can:

  • clog the pores
  • prevent the detoxification of the skin
  • make the skin fragile and lifeless
  • cause  blackheads and acne
  • ruin the PH level of the skin

The most common petroleum derivatives:

  • Mineral oil
  • Liquidum Paraffinum
  • Parafin
  • Vazelin
  • Petrolatum
  • Cera Microcristallina
  • Ozokerit
  • Petrol Wax
  • Ceresin

7. Phthalates:

They are found in:

  • PVC floor
  • detergent
  • body care products (lotions, shower gels, perfumes, deodorants, hair sprays)
  • plastic products (toys!)
  • food (plastic packaging!)
  • plastic water bottles

Phthalates can:

  • influence badly the hormones
  • impair the immune- and nervous system
  • cause allergies and make asthma worse
  • cause cancer
  • make damages in kidneys
  • influence badly the fertility

The most common phthalates:

  • Dibutyl Phtalat
  • Diethyl Phtalat
  • Dimethyl Phtalate
  • Dioctyl Phtalat

8. Fluorids:

They can be found in a couple of things, but mostly in toothpastes.

Fluorids can:

  • modify DNA and the construction of the chromosomes
  • get to the brain and cause memory issues
  • obstruct the function of 62 enzimes in our body
  • cause cancer and tumors

9. Synthetic colors:

These letters precede a color and number (e.g., D&C Red 27 or FD&C blue 1). These synthetic colors are derived from petroleum or coal tar sources. Synthetic colors are suspected to be a human carcinogen, a skin irritant and are linked to ADHD in children. The European Classification and Labeling considers it a human carcinogen and the European Union has banned it.

The most common synthetic colors:

  • C.I.19140 (Acid Yellow 23, Tartrazin, E102)
  • C.I.20040 (Pigment Yellow 16, diklór-benzidin)
  • C.I.21100 (Pigment Yellow 13, diklór-benzidin)
  • C.I.21108 (Pigment Yellow 83, diklór-benzidin)
  • C.I.42053 (FDC Green 3)
  • C.I.42090 (Acid Green 9)
  • C.I.42520 (Basic Violet 2, Magenta III)
  • C.I.45170 (DC Red 19, Rhodamin B)
  • C.I.50325 (Acid Violett 50)
  • C.I.60724 (Hydroxy.Phenylamino-Antrachinon)
  • C.I.74260 (Pigment Green 7)
  • C.I.77163 (bizmut-oxiklorid)

10. Sunscreen chemicals:

They are found in:

  • suntan lotion
  • moisturizers with SPF

These chemicals function as a sunscreen agent, to absorb ultraviolet light. These chemicals are endocrine disruptors and are believed to be easily absorbed into the body. They may also cause cellular damage and cancer in the body.

The most common sunscreen chemicals:

  • 4-Methyl-Benzylidencamphor (4-MBC or MBC)
  • Octyl-Methoxycinnamate (OMC)
  • Homosalate (Homomenthyl-salicylat or HMS)
  • Octyl-Dimethyl-Para-Amino-Benzoic -Acid (OD-PABA)
  • Benzophenone-1, Benzophenone-2, Benzophenone-3 (oxybenzon)
  • 3-Benzylidencamphor

11. Glicolides:

  • Propylene glycol: is a small organic alcohol commonly used as a skin-conditioning agent. It’s classified as a skin irritant and penetrator. It has been associated with causing dermatitis as well as hives in humans. It can be found in moisturizers, sunscreen, makeup products, conditioners, shampoo and hair sprays.
  • PEG: they are not toxic, but the can make the skin fragile. Examples: PEG-10 M, PEG-14 M, PEG-32, PEG-4, PEG-6 Stearate, PEG-7, PEG-8 Esters

12. Formaldehyde:

It can be found in:

  • nail polish
  • body washes
  • shampoos, conditioners
  • cleansers
  • eye shadows
  • nail polish treatments

Formaldehyde and formaldehyde-releasing preservatives (FRP’s) preservatives are used in many cosmetic products to help prevent bacteria growth. It has been linked to occupational related cancers: nasal and nasopharyngeal. It is known to cause allergic skin reactions and it may also be harmful to the immune system.

The list could go on. These are the most harmful chemicals that we use every day without actually know about it. Try to be cautious, and start switching to better alternatives.

I share with you a list of products that are safe, but thankfully every day new brands are on the market.

I hope this was helpful, and I was able to give you new information about these ingredients.

Safe products:

Skin and body care: Dr. Bronners, Truly Organic, Weleda, John Masters Organics, The ordinary, Pai skincare, The evolve beauty, Andalou organics, 100% pure, Juice Beauty etc.

Make up: Alima pure, 100% pure, Ilia Beauty, Inika, Nui Cosmetics, Vapour Organic Beauty, Dr, Hauschka etc.

Cleaning products: Ecover, Attitude, Green works etc.

Thank you for reading,


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