Reading the Ingredients List August 12 2014, 0 Comments

Written by M. Hart

I never really paid attention to what was in my skincare or makeup products. When I first started getting acne, I went to Target and got whatever was on the shelf. I was completely clueless about all of the chemicals and harmful ingredients I was applying to my skin daily.

Today, we'll be talking about the most common, harmful substances used in your everyday products. I highly suggest looking over all of your product's ingredients list. Even some that you wouldn't think have chemicals, can surprise you.

The first chemical we'll talk about is "Parabens" (methlyparaben butylparaben, propylparaben, isobutylparaben, ethylparaben). This is a very commonly used chemical, and you're most likely to find it in makeup, moisturizers, shampoo etc. 85% of beauty products actually contain parabens.

Parabens easily penetrate the skin and are suspected of interfering with hormone function (endocrine disruption). Parabens can mimic estrogen, the primary female sex hormone. In one study, parabens were detected in human breast cancer tissues, raising questions about a possible association between parabens in cosmetics and cancer. In addition, studies indicate that methylparaben applied on the skin reacts with UVB leading to increased skin aging and DNA damage.

It's highly suggested by dermatologists to throw out any products containing parabens.

The next one is synthetic fragrances or 'Parfum'. This can be found in tons of products, ranging from skincare, to makeup, deodorants, and also hair care products.

'Parfum' can actually contain up to 3,000  unlabeled ingredients, that could cause many skin reactions.

It  is actually widely used even in some products marketed as “unscented” (often the last ingredient). It is a mixture of chemicals that can trigger allergies and asthma. Some linked to cancer and neurotoxicity. Some harmful to fish and other wildlife.

The third  we'll be discussing is - Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES)

Found in products that foam such as shampoo, cleansers, bubble bath. SLES can be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, which may cause cancer. SLS may damage liver. Irritates skin, eyes and respiratory tract.

Over-exposure to SLS has been linked to eye damage, depression, labored breathing,  and severe skin irritation. SLS has been suspected to also damage the skin’s immune system by causing layers to separate and inflame. Your body may retain the SLS for up to five days, during which time it may enter and maintain residual levels in the heart, liver, the lungs, and the brain. SLS is also toxic to aquatic organisms.

Constantly using this chemical, even briefly (ex. shampoo), could lead to permanent health issues. This is probably one of the most harmful chemicals on the market. It's highly suggested to replace any product containing sulfates.

The last one we'll be discussing today is 'Aluminum'. Commonly found in deodorants and anti-perspirant. It is often linked to Alzheimer’s and brain disorders and is a possible risk factor in breast cancer. Aluminum-based compounds in antiperspirants form a temporary plug within the sweat duct that stops the flow of sweat to the skin’s surface, which forces toxins to flow back into the bloodstream.

Switching to a natural deodorant will help the armpits breathe and release the toxins from your body.

There are many more harmful chemicals, I would suggest you researching a little more into the topic if you'd like. These are just a few of the most harmful. If any of your products have these ingredients, please replace them!

Good luck.