11 Toxic Beauty Product Ingredients You Should Avoid At All Costs

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We all know that cosmetics are designed to enhance our natural beauty. Despite the many advantages that it offers, the use of makeup also comes with some drawbacks.

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The skin absorbs about 60% of the substances found in the products that they apply on their skin. Because of this, we should be mindful about what we put on our skin.

With that in mind, here are some of the most toxic make up ingredients that you should avoid:

#11: Talc

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This substance is similar to asbestos when it comes to composition and is associated with respiratory problems and ovarian cancer. It is widely found in blush products, deodorant, baby powder and eye shadows.

#10: Coal Tar

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This ingredient is commonly used in dry skin treatments, anti-dandruff and anti-lice shampoos. This has been discovered to be carcinogenic and is already banned in EU. However, this is still widely used in North America. This is commonly listed in the label as a color and number like FD & C Red No. 5.

#9: PVP/ VA Copolymer

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This is a chemical that is derived from petroleum and is commonly used in hair styling products. When inhaled, this chemical may damage the lungs.

#8: Petrolatum

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This is more commonly known as petroleum jelly. This is a derivative of mineral oil and has high risk of clogging your pores which may affect your body’s ability to naturally moisturize the skin. As a result, it may lead to drying and chapping of the skin.

#7: Fragrance/ Parfum

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This term is used by many cosmetics manufacturer to protect their concoction of different chemicals, some of which may be harmful to the skin and your health. According to studies, majority of fragrance mixes may cause allergies, respiratory distress and dermatitis.

#6: Sunscreen chemicals

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Majority of the ingredients found in sunscreen agents are designed to absorb ultraviolet light. However, these also act as endocrine disruptor and many cause cancer or damage to the body. The alarming part is, it is easily absorbed by the skin. In the ingredients label the terms used to refer to these substances include homosalate, PABA, avbenzone and benzophenone.

#5: Toluene

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This chemical is a by-product of coal tar and this has the ability to damage the respiratory system and irritate the skin. This is usually listed in the ingredient label as benzene, phenylmethane, methylbenzene and toluol in nail products.

#4: Sodium Laurel Sulfate (SLS)

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This is commonly used as a surfactant in about 90% of the home cleaning products and other personal care products. However this substance is an eye skin and lung irritant. Additionally, it may lead to respiratory and kidney damage when combined with other chemicals.

#3: Triclosan

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This is a widely used anti-microbial chemical in shampoos, soaps, toothpastes and deodorants. Just recently, it has been proven to be an endocrine disruptor which mainly affects the reproductive and thyroid hormones.

#2: Phthalates

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This class of substances is discovered to be endocrine disruptors and is associated with the increased risk of developing breast cancers. There are different types of phthalates used in cosmetics including dibutyl phthalate in nail polish, dimethyl phthalate in hair products and diethyl phthalate in perfumes.

#1: Formaldehyde

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If you love applying nail polishes or using fake eyelashes and hair dye, then you must watch out for this possible carcinogen and irritant. This ingredient is widely used in the manufacturing of products from America and other countries.


Keep in mind that your skin is the largest organ in your body and that is why you must exercise some caution in choosing the things that you apply on it. Always take a look at the ingredient label of makeup products before buying and make sure that your daily essentials do not contain any of the harmful chemicals mentioned above.

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