[Caution] 5 Un-Pretty Beauty Ingredients
Something I read last week got me thinking about the potential toxicity of all the cosmetics, skincare and hair care products (not to mention cleaning products) in my apartment.
I decided to finish the products I have and be more mindful of what I buy going forward…
Because I tend to be an alarmist, my first thought was to box everything up and throw it away.
Of course, that wouldn’t work — adding hazardous materials to a landfill wouldn’t exactly ease my burden.
Plus, what a waste of money. Instead, I decided to finish the products I have and be more mindful of what I buy going forward. I’ll be especially wary of products with any of the following ingredients:
1. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)
A surfactant found in shampoos, cleansers, creams and toothpaste.
It’s linked to rashes, skin inflammation, hair loss, tooth damage and may have an estrogenic effect.
2. Polyethylene Glycol (PEG/ PPG)
Propylene Glycol is used as a humectant (binds moisture). It’s in deodorant, shampoo/conditioner, face creams and makeup.
PEG compounds sometimes contain Ethylene Oxide, which is linked to leukemia, uterine, breast, and brain cancer.
3. Phthalates (DBP, DMP, DEP)
The most common forms of phlalates are Dimethylphthalate, Diethylphthalate, and Dibutylphthalate and (compounds comprising) fragrance. Found in perfumes, hair spray and deodorants.
Phthalates can cause birth defects in male reproductive systems, pre-mature sexual development in girls and asthma. They are also linked to breast cancer.
Petroleum-based preservatives that extended a product’s shelf life. Parabens are found in many skincare products and soap.
In large amounts, parabens may cause liver problems, breast cancer and reproductive problems in children exposed to the chemical in the womb.
Another preservative used in cosmetics and beauty products.
Formaldehyde can irritate the skin and damage the nervous system and has been linked to certain forms of cancer.