Toxic beauty ingredients to avoid

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Learn a few of the top cosmetic ingredients and contaminants to avoid, based on the science linking each to adverse health impacts, and the types of products they’re found in. Many of these are skin irritants, skin penetrators, hormone disrupters and carcinogenic.

 

  • Synthetic Fragrances 

What’s synthetic fragrance? Normally, synthetic fragrance is used in cosmetics and food. Actually, synthetic fragrance is made from petroleum natural gas with chemical process. Sometimes, synthetic fragrance brings out allergies, dermatitis, dyspnea and potential effects on the reproductive system. Even numerous compounds to combined with different flavors, usually the whole mixture is marked as just ‘flavors’ (Fragrance or perfume in English). It’s highly likely that the ingredient labeled as ‘flavors’ may contain various chemicals like phthalate (a hormone disturbance) that might not be tested for safety.

 

  • Sulfates (SLS, SLES, ALS, ALES)

Sulfate surfactants such as Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES), Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate (ALS), and Ammonium Lauretha Sulfate (ALES) are widely used in commercial cleaners namely shampoo, body wash, and toothpaste. There are many controversies that these surfactants are really harmful to the body. Studies have shown that SLS may be irritating to the skin, eyes, and respiratory system when used over a certain amount of time. SLES is also known to cause 1,4-dioxane(carcinogenic) since it is added to the ethylene oxide component in the course of ethoxylation (ethoxylation). These two sulfates are classified as toxic or potentially hazardous by many organizations including the Canadian Environmental Protection.

 

  • Cocamidopropyl Betaine 

Cocamidopropyl Betaine is usually used in baby products and shampoos. It’s also called ‘Coconut-derived surfactant’ to make an impression that it’s a safe natural product. However, some toxic components such as nitrosamines, acrylonitrile, and carcinogen are likely to be formed during the processing of this ingredient.

 

  • Parabens 

Paraben is a chemical preservative that has been commonly used in food, pharmaceuticals, and cosmetics. The general term, ‘Para hydroxybenzoic acid’, refers to various substances formed by the reaction of ethyl alcohol, propyl alcohol, and butyl alcohol. The main parabens are Ethyl paraben, Methyl paraben, Propyl paraben, Isopropyl paraben, Butyl paraben, and Isobutyl paraben. One of the main reasons why parabens are used a lot is their economic and antiseptic power. However, studies suggest that long-term exposure to parabens increases the risk of disrupting the hormonal system, internal disorder, skin irritation, and allergies.

 

  • PEG emulsifier 

PEG-based emulsifier is a typical hazardous component of surfactants which widely used for emulsifying and solubilizing agents. PEG stands for Polyethylene Glycol and means that it has been synthesized with “ethoxylation” to increase the detergency and emulsifying power. Among 900 different PEGs, the ones that used in cosmetics are found to have the risk level 3-4 by EWG, which might seem not too dangerous. However, in the ethoxylation process, it is known that ethylene oxide can cause 1,4 dioxane (carcinogen).

 

  • Chemical Sunscreens

Sunscreens are products that you put on your skin to protect it from the Sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. They are divided into chemical sunscreens and physical sunscreens. To prevent the skin from UV rays, chemical sunscreens have a chemical reaction on the skin. If you look at the components, you can find that chemical sunscreens use one or more chemicals such as oxybenzone, avobenzone, and ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate. These chemicals are proven to be harmful and likely to cause hormonal disturbance and allergies.

 

  • Phenoxyethanol

Due to its excellent antibacterial effect, Phenoxyethanol is commonly used in cosmetics, food, and medicine. However, some studies suggest that it is likely to cause skin irritation and allergies.

 

  • Mineral oil

Mineral oil is colorless and odorless substance obtained by refining oil. It is widely used in massage oils, sun creams, and body lotions. There is a controversy that mineral oil can actually damage the skin. Because it clogs the skin with dust and pollutants in the air and blocks skin from breathing. Moreover, mineral oil might be contaminated with Polynuclear Aromatic Hydrocarbon (PAH) during the process of oil refining.

 

  • Silicones

Silicone oil components such as Dimethicone, Dimethiconol, and Cyclopentasiloxane are ingredients that provide soft feeling on the skin. It is broadly used in cosmetic products namely, hair essence, lotion, cream, sunscreen, BB cream, and conditioner. Although silicones are comparatively safe products, it is severely criticized that silicones obstruct skin breathing and have harmful effects on the environment because of poor biodegradability.

 

  • Ethanolamines

The key components of Ethanolamine, Triethanolamine (TEA), Nonethanolamine (NEA), and Diethanolamine (DEA), are typical substances that act as surfactants (emulsifiers) or pH adjusters. These components can cause allergies, skin toxicity, and hormonal disturbances. They are also known to cause itching in the eyes and scalp and to create pores and blackheads on the skin.

 

  • Synthetic colorant (tar color)

Chemical pigments, commonly referred to as tar pigments, are the mixtures of pigments, rake, salts, and diluents derived from chemical or synthetic intermediates of coal tar.

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