Ingredients to Avoid for Safer Skin Care Choices by Kylie Eustace

In today’s world, we’re increasingly conscious about the products we use on our bodies. From skincare to haircare, we want products that are effective and safe for our health and the environment. However, navigating personal care products can be overwhelming, especially with a myriad of ingredients with complex names.

Many people are affected by sensitivities, often from daily personal care product use. Additionally, ingredients may be contaminated with carcinogens, pesticides, or heavy metals. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) provides a list of hazardous ingredients, highlighting the prevalence of harmful chemicals.

To help you make informed choices, below is a list of researched potentially toxic ingredients commonly found in personal care products to avoid:

BHA (Butylated Hydroxyanisole) and BHT (Butylated Hydroxytoluene): Found in cosmetics like lipsticks and moisturizers, they’re associated with adverse health effects and possible carcinogenicity.

Coal Tar Dyes: Found in hair dyes and pigmented cosmetics, classified as human carcinogens.

DEA (Diethanolamine): Found in products like facial cleansers, it can cause irritation and may form nitrosamines, known carcinogens.

DBP (Dibutyl Phthalate): Found in nail polish, linked to developmental and reproductive issues.

Formaldehyde-releasing Preservatives: Found in cosmetics, they release formaldehyde, a known human carcinogen.

Parabens: Widely used as preservatives, raising concerns about hormonal disruptions and potential links to breast cancer.

Parfum (or Fragrance): Some fragrances may contain synthetic ingredients linked to health problems.

PEG Compounds: Used as thickeners, they can be contaminated with carcinogens and may cause skin irritation.

Petrolatum and Mineral Oil: Derived from petroleum, they can be contaminated with carcinogens and may cause skin irritation.

Siloxanes: Found in hair products and deodorants, linked to fertility issues and hormonal disruptions.

SLS (Sodium Laureth Sulfate): A foaming agent, may strip the skin of natural oils and be contaminated with carcinogens.

Triclosan: Present in antibacterial cosmetics, may cause irritations and hormonal disruptions.

Toluene: Found in nail polish and hair dyes, toluene can have adverse effects on the nervous system and may be harmful if inhaled or absorbed through the skin.

Oxybenzone: A chemical sunscreen agent that has been linked to hormone disruption and environmental damage to coral reefs.

Hydroquinone: Found in some skin-lightening products, hydroquinone has been associated with adverse effects like ochronotic and potential carcinogenicity.

Opting for products free from these ingredients is crucial, especially for those with sensitive skin or health concerns. Many brands offer safer alternatives, utilizing natural ingredients and gentle preservatives to maintain product integrity without compromising safety. Some products you will find are also water free based formulations, eliminating the need for harsh preservatives.

By prioritizing ingredient awareness, consumers can navigate personal care products with confidence, promoting both personal well-being and environmental sustainability.

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Kylie Eustace

Kylie Eustace is the pioneer of Kylie's Professional, a natural, ethical, holistic beauty brand. Kylie is a qualified, professional hairdresser, a salon owner, an employer of makeup artists and a 20+ year practicing professional, award winning makeup artist.

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