10 Toxic chemicals in cosmetics that you should never put on your face
Most of us are conscious these days of what we put in our bodies through the food that we eat, but have you ever considered what is in the cosmetics that you put on your face? We just assume that cosmetics are safe to use, but it’s not as clear cut as you might think. The next time you go shopping for cosmetic products, take a closer look at what they contain and make sure you are not putting any of these ten nasty things on your face.
1. BHA and BHT
BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole) and BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene) are used in some moisturisers and other cosmetic products as a preservative. Watch out for it though, because such products can cause allergic reactions and have been highlighters as a possible human carcinogen.
Another preservative that is widely used in cosmetics, but one to be avoided if you can, is something called parabens. Parabens are easily absorbed by the skin and have oestrogen-mimicking aspect that have been associated with the development of breast cancer; and ironically, even though parabens are often added to skin creams and moisturizers, researches have found that they accelerate skin aging process.
Phthalates are another group of chemicals that have been linked to breast cancer and yet they are still used in cosmetic products. The chemicals are used to increase the flexibility of plastics used in cosmetics and that includes moisturiser that you might be putting on your face or/and body.
4. SLS and SLES
Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and Sodium laureth sulfate (SLES) is a surfactant that can be found in many products, especially in shower gels and shampoos (sometimes even in baby shampoos). There are major concerns over these chemicals though, because they can react with other substances to form a carcinogen. They can also cause irritation to the eyes and skin.
Formaldehyde is added to cosmetics to prevent the growth of bacteria and can be found in some cleansers and eyeshadows. Formaldehyde has been classified as a human carcinogen by The International Agency for Research on Carcinogens and is known to cause allergic skin reactions in some people.
Tricolson is a chemical that can be found in antibacterial soaps and is known to be able to disrupt the reproductive hormones. Best to avoid this one, especially as there is no real evidence that antibacterial soaps do a better job than good old fashioned ordinary soap and water.
7. Propylene glycol
Propylene glycol is an organic alcohol that is often used as a skin conditioner. This nasty little chemical can also be a skin irritant and has been associated with causing dermatitis. What a skin conditioner this one turned out to be!
8. Paraffin and mineral oil
Paraffin and mineral oil are added to cosmetics to achieve that flawless look to your face. The way that they work is that they coat your face with a plastic like film that can hold the toxins on, clog up your pores and make your face look even worse, in the long term.
This ingredient is added to cosmetics to balance the PH levels and is found in soaps and cleansers. Triethanolamine, also known as TEA, is known to be an irritant and can cause dry skin and rashes. It is also responsible for a whole load of different eye complaints.
10. Benzoyl Peroxide
Commonly found in acne treatments, benzoyl peroxide has some nasty potential side effects, as well its power to cure the pimples. It has also been linked to the development of tumours and causing damage to human DNA.
Do you know other toxic chemicals in cosmetics that we shouldn’t put on the skin?