Have you ever wondered how many personal care products you use daily such as shampoo, conditioner, soap, cream, deodorant, perfume, makeup, hair products and more? Many of these beauty products are not exactly beautiful, as they contain toxic chemicals and even carcinogens. Look for these toxic products on the labels of cosmetics and avoid them.
Toxic chemicals present in cosmetics
Some ingredients of beauty products are not exactly beautiful, as researchers in the United States have found that one in eight components, of the 82,000 used in personal care products, are industrial chemicals that are toxic and even carcinogenic.
Only in perfumes, their formulas are considered a commercial secret and companies are not obliged to disclose their components. Many of these toxic chemicals hidden in fragrances can cause allergies, migraines and neurological irritations in sensitive people and have been associated with cancer.
The 10 most polluted cosmetic products
Next, we give you a list of 10 chemicals that will be good to look for in the labels of those sparkling shampoos, aromatic creams and soft makeups. It is not a matter of terrifying you and running away to throw everything away, but to avoid using it as much as possible:
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
Used as a cleaning agent to make sparkling and bubbling products, it is a contaminant that can cause cancer. Look for it on the labels as well as Laureth Sodium Sulfate.
Used mainly in deodorants, antiperspirants, cleansers, antibacterial and hand sanitizers, it is considered to interfere with hormonal functions.
Used as preservatives in cosmetics, they are toxic and have been recognized as carcinogens. Look for them as DMDM Hydration, Diazolidinyl Urea, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Methenamine, Quarternium 15 and Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate.
They are widely used as preservatives in cosmetics. It is suspected that they interfere with hormonal functions. Look for ingredients that end in “paraben” like Methylparaben.
Polyethene glycol (PEG) compounds
They are widely used in cosmetic creamy bases. They can interfere with your physical development and damage the nervous system. Look for ingredients with the letters “ethyl” or “glycol”.
Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) and Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT)
They are preservatives and antioxidants used mainly in makeup and moisturizing creams. BHA is toxic to the immune system and a possible carcinogen. BHT can be toxic to the immune system, skin, and lungs and liver. Both substances can cause allergic reactions, interfere with hormonal functions and promote the growth of tumours.
They are dyes used in hair dyes and appear on the product label as “CI” colours followed by a five-digit number. It has been shown that these coal tars are carcinogenic.
Diethanolamine (DEA, MEA or TEA)
They are chemicals used to make more creamy or sparkling products. The DEA and its compounds irritate the skin and eyes, can be toxic to the immune and nervous systems and can react with other ingredients in cosmetics forming carcinogenic toxins.
Used mainly in nail products and perfumes, laboratory experiments have shown that although it is not a carcinogen by itself, it can increase the ability of other chemicals to cause genetic mutations and interfere with the function of hormones causing reproductive problems and development.
Used in cosmetics to soften, soften and moisten them, it is suspected that they interfere with hormonal functions and cause liver toxicity. Look for them as Cyclomethicone and ingredients that end in “siloxane” as Cyclotetrasiloxane.