Do your Beauty Products Contain Toxic Chemicals?
What Toxins are Found in Beauty Products?
Cosmetic companies often use cheap ingredients in their products to cut costs. Although this approach might be leave your wallet feeling happy, it doesn't leave your skin, liver and hormone system feeling so cheerful. Here are just some of the common chemicals of concern; not only for our bodies but for the planet.
FragranceAn undisclosed cocktail of various scent chemicals and ingredients used as fragrance dispersants such as diethyl phthalate. It's been linked to organ toxicity, allergies and skin/eye/lung irritation. Found in perfume, soap, hair dye.
Used as a preservative in many products that contain water, to prevent bacterial growth. They are known endocrine disruptors, meaning they mimic estrogen in the body and can lead to hormonal imbalances, including breast cancer. Several studies found almost all cancerous breast tumors contained high concentrations of parabens! Found in shower gel, shampoo, shaving cream.
Sodium Laureth Sulfate & Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)
Foaming agents that can cause skin irritation and trigger allergies. They also produce by-products called “nitrosamines”, which are believed to be carcinogenic. Found in shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, shaving foam.
PhthalatesPhthalates are added to plastic to keep it from becoming brittle. Known endocrine disruptors that can cause hormonal and reproductive problems and birth defects. Found in fragrance, hair spray, nail polish.
TolueneVolatile petrochemical solvent, linked to immune system toxicity and birth defects. Found in nail polish and hair dye.
Polyethylene Glycol (PEG)
Thickening agent, often contaminated with ethylene oxide (a carcinogen) and 1,4-Dioxane (linked to respiratory problems and is banned in Canada). Found in shampoo, moisturiser, hand soap.
I've been doing a lot of research into the common ones found in UK products and I will share more info with you as I go. In the meantime, steer clear of the usual suspects and question ingredients you've not heard of. Environmental Working Group’s online database, Skin Deep, is a good source of reference.