There are list ingredients are prohibited or restricted by FDA regulations. And you can read it at the website directly for the completely listed. So, this article will tell you some of them and how to avoid it. Did you know that on average we all use about 10 different cosmetic
or personal care items each day (at least, you might be saying), and
that those adds up to over 125 different ingredients every day. 125
ingredients that each have the potential to be absorbed from our skin
right right into our bloodstreams.
In fact, the ingredients in skin care products are specifically
designed to penetrate the skin, so they can deliver those amazing
results. And that’s scary when you consider that there are thousands of
chemical ingredients in personal care products today that contain gunk
and muck like pesticides, reproductive toxins, endocrine disruptors and
known and suspected carcinogens.
But there is a way around it. Simply get in the habit of reading
ingredients lists and then avoid those products that contain certain
“red light” ingredients.
Here is my list of top 5 ingredients to avoid.
This is a common form of preservatives in body care products, working
to inhibit mold, bacteria, yeast and other gunk from growing in your
lotions and creams. But parabens are a known hormone disruptor, with the
potential to cause cancer because of the way they mimic estrogen in the
We don’t often think of petroleum as it relates to our beauty
products but petroleum, or petrolatum, is found in a number of products
from lip balms and lipsticks to moisturizers and sunscreen. Petrolatum
can contain a contaminate known as BAHS, which is considered a possible
carcinogen, and petroleum distillates (they’re used as an anti-foaming
agent or solvent) another possible human carcinogen that has also been
shown to cause lung damage.
This chemical group is used to add flexibility and dissolvability to
other ingredients in products like perfume, nail polish, and hairspray.
But phthalates may cause organic damage and they’ve been linked to liver
toxicity. Also, they’re among a number of chemical types that can mimic
estrogen in the body, which may encourage certain types of cancer,
including breast, ovarian and uterine cancers.
SLS (Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfates)
This surfactant or foaming agent is in an estimated ninety-percent of
foaming products from soaps and shower gels to toothpastes. But sodium
lauryl/laureth sulfates are harsh chemicals that can cause skin
irritation, dryness and other forms of dermatitis.
Fragrance is a single word that can stand for hundreds of
different chemicals that were used to create a particular scent.
Synthetic fragrances have been linked to allergies, immunotoxicity, and
neurotoxicity and are right up there next to second hand smoke as an
asthma trigger. Look for products that are scented with plant extracts
and essential oils instead.