Top 10 harmful ingredients in cosmetics

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Cosmetics are tools that we use on a daily basis, they rarely cause irritation or an allergic reaction, we rarely stop to check the ingredients.

 

We choose these types of products because of color, smell, price or any other reason related to taste, but we should start by reviewing the labels and knowing what ingredients to avoid in cosmetics .

 

This article will be going over the top 10 harmful ingredients found in cosmetics. These ingredients can cause a variety of different side effects from skin irritation to cancer. 

 

We will be highlighting the main reasons for their toxicity and what you can do to reduce your exposure.

 

The cosmetics industry is a multi-billion dollar industry and it is growing every year. However, the products we use on our skin can be harmful to our health. Here are the top 10 harmful ingredients in cosmetics:

 

10. Triclosan

 

Triclosan is a chemical compound that is often found in soaps and cosmetics. It has been used for over 30 years and has been proven to be harmful.

 

Triclosan is a chemical compound that was first approved for use in the United States by the FDA in 1972. 

 

Triclosan is typically found in soaps, toothpaste, deodorant, and cosmetics. It has been used for over 30 years and has been proven to be harmful.

 

The FDA banned it from use in certain products such as hand sanitizers and body washes.

 A study published by the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy found that triclosan can cause bacteria to become resistant to antibiotics which can lead to more severe bacterial infections in humans.

 

It is an antimicrobial agent that has been used in cosmetics for over 30 years. It is also found in some household items such as hand soaps, mouthwash, dishwasher detergent, and even toothpaste.

Triclosan is a chemical that has been linked to cancer and endocrine disruption. The FDA has banned it from being used in soaps but it can still be found in other products.

 

Some of the harmful ingredients are: Alcohol, Parabens, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), BHA/BHT

 

Triclosan and Triclocarban, which have been shown to disrupt hormones and affect the immune system and thyroid function in humans and animals, respectively; they have been shown to be persistent in the environment and bioaccumulative in wildlife; they

 

Triclosan and Triclocarban, which have been shown to disrupt hormones and affect the immune system and thyroid function in humans and animals, respectively; they have been shown to be persistent in many wastewater treatment plants.

 

9. Diethanolamine

 

Diethanolamine is a chemical used in cosmetics to thicken products. It is also used to make other chemicals, like plastics and paint thinner.

 

Diethanolamine can be found in some shampoos, conditioners, lotions, and bubble baths. It can also be found in hand sanitizer and sunscreen.

 

Diethanolamine has been linked to health problems like asthma, allergies, or skin irritation.

 

Diethanolamine is an organic compound that is used as a base for manufacturing detergents, emulsifying agents, and other additives. It is also used in cosmetics as a pH adjuster.

 

Diethanolamine has been classified as a potential human carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) because of its link to increased incidence of cancer in laboratory animals.

 

Diethanolamine can be found in many cosmetic products including makeup, shampoo, conditioner, soap, toothpaste and mouthwash.

8. Oxybenzone (and other chemical sunscreens)

 

The ingredients in cosmetics are often not regulated, which can cause harm to the environment and human health. Some of the most harmful ingredients in cosmetics are chemical sunscreens, parabens, and formaldehyde.

 

Chemical sunscreens have been linked to skin cancer and other skin conditions. Parabens have been linked to breast cancer and fertility issues. 

 

Formaldehyde has been linked to birth defects, asthma, allergies, and cancer.

 

The harmful ingredients in cosmetics are not just limited to the makeup itself. Sunscreens also have some ingredients that can be harmful to our health.

Oxybenzone is one of the most popular chemical sunscreens that are found in most commercial sunscreens. It is a hormone disruptor and can cause allergic reactions in some people.

 

We should use physical sunscreens instead of chemical ones, like oxybenzone, when we go outside.

 

7. Formaldehyde

 

Formaldehyde is a colorless, strong-smelling gas. It is used in the manufacturing of building materials and household products.

 

Formaldehyde can be found in many items that people use on a daily basis. It can be found in some cosmetics, nail polish, hair straighteners, and even some foods.

Cosmetics manufacturers often use formaldehyde to harden liquid nail polish or hair gel. The concentration of formaldehyde will depend on the type of product being manufactured and the desired hardness of the final product. 

 

The FDA regulates how much formaldehyde can be used in these products but it is still unclear how much exposure to formaldehyde a person gets from using these products over time.

 

Formaldehyde is a chemical that is used in the production of many different types of products. It is also found in some cosmetics.

 

This ingredient has been classified as a known human carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer and it can cause irritation, burning sensation, and skin redness.

 

6. Polyethylene Glycol

 

Polyethylene Glycol is a chemical compound that is used as a solvent in cosmetics. It has been found to be harmful for the environment and human health.

 

The use of Polyethylene Glycol in cosmetics has been banned in many countries due to its harmful effects. 

The European Union, Canada, Taiwan, South Korea have restricted the use of this ingredient in cosmetic products.

 

5. Phthalates

 

Phthalates are chemicals that are used in plastics. They are also called plasticizers because they make plastics more flexible. Phthalates are found in many cosmetics, including nail polish, hair spray, hairspray, and perfumes.

Phthalates are used as fragrance ingredients and as plasticisers for vinyls, plastics and rubbers; they can lead to hormonal changes. 

 

Phthalates have been linked to some serious health problems. For instance, some studies have shown that phthalates can lead to reproductive issues in both men and women. 

 

Other studies have shown that phthalates can cause cancer or disrupt hormones or the immune system.

 

The use of phthalates is not banned in the United States but it is banned in Europe and Canada because of their potential health risks.

 

4. Toluene

 

Toluene is a colorless, volatile liquid hydrocarbon with the formula CH3CH2CH3. It is a natural component of crude oil and its gasoline fractions. It is also found in natural gas and coal tar as well as some other sources.

 

Toluene is used as a solvent, as an intermediate in the production of detergents and other chemicals, and as a paint remover.

 

Toluene can cause dizziness, fatigue, headache, nausea and loss of balance. Toluene can also damage the liver and kidneys if it is inhaled over time or ingested in large quantities.

 

3. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate

 

Sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium laureth sulfate are two of the most common ingredients found in cosmetics. They are surfactants, which means they reduce the surface tension of water.

These two ingredients can cause skin irritation and dryness, as well as eye irritations. They can also lead to a buildup on scalp and hair follicles, which can lead to dandruff and hair loss.

 

2. Artificial Fragrance/Parfum

 

Artificial fragrance is a mixture of different chemicals that are used in the cosmetic industry to add a scent.

 

It is usually made up of many synthetic ingredients, such as phthalates and nitro-musks.

 

Phthalates are chemicals that are used to make plastics more flexible and durable. They can be found in nail polish, hairspray, and other cosmetics products. 

 

Nitro-musks are chemicals that have been banned from use in cosmetics since 2013 because they may cause cancer and other health problems.

 

These harmful ingredients can cause serious health risks such as: cancer, hormonal imbalance, allergies, asthma and skin problems like eczema or dermatitis.

 

1. Parabens

 

Parabens are a group of chemicals that are used as preservatives in cosmetics and other products. They are often found in makeup, shampoo, lotions, shaving cream, and skin care products.

They have been linked to cancer and endocrine disruption

 

Parabens have been linked to health problems such as breast cancer and reproductive issues. Parabens can disrupt the endocrine system by mimicking hormones like estrogen. 

 

This can lead to many different health problems such as reproductive issues and breast cancer.

It is  worth saying that we are not trying to scare you, tell you that your future offspring will be in danger because you put on some lipstick, or that your loved ones are going to get sick because they bought a box of eyeshadow, but all we want to tell you is that there are always other options when it comes to what You put it on your face and skin, and if the cosmetics industry does not make transparency a priority, we should take it upon ourselves to do research so we can make the right decisions.



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