When buying beauty products like skincare lotions or makeup items, do you turn the back of the product to check the ingredients it contains? Even when you do, do you know exactly what to watch out for? Some of these beauty or skincare products being sold to us as 100% effective for all our skin issues contain ingredients that are harmful to our health. Many enlightened people are switching over to natural products as a result of this.
Women are often the major victims of these harmful products. The number of beauty products we use in a single day goes as high up as 10 to 20. Foundation, eyeliner, concealer, primer, lipstick, skin lotion, body wash, hair products, facial cleanser, deodorant and so on. The harmful chemicals that will be listed here are often present in these beauty products.
It’s possible to find carefully made beauty products that are free of these chemicals. So being aware of these harmful chemicals will guide you in making a good choice when shopping for cosmetics.
Parabens is a harmful ingredient you will find in most beauty products like facial cleanser, body lotion, shampoo and foundation. This ingredient help to prolong the shelf-life of beauty program but can shorten human life span. When parabens hit our blood stream, they can disrupt hormonal function and mimic the effects of estrogen. And an imbalanced estrogen level is often the culprit behind breast cancer for women and male reproductive issues. So avoid products containing parabens at all cost.
You will also find this ingredient in almost every product, even in products sold as “unscented” (“fragrance” or “scent” are often another name for it). Companies are not under any obligation to reveal the type of fragrance used in their beauty products. So when “fragrance” is mentioned under the list of ingredients, harmful chemicals that can cause critical health issues may constitute this fragrance.
Skincare products that promises bacterial healing results often contain triclosan. Triclosan is also commonly used as a preservative in many skincare products. It does have antibacterial properties and can eliminate bacteria (both good and bad ones). But the bad side is, triclosan also helps grow antibiotic-resistant types of bacteria. It can also weaken your immune system and alter your natural hormonal balance.
Petroleum And Mineral Oil (Petrochemicals)
It may come as a surprise to you that the petroleum jelly (Vaseline) you use to keep your skin hydrated can also be harmful to you. It is easy for petroleum-based products to become contaminated with toxic chemicals that can damage our nerves and cause cancer.
Phthalate is a chemical that is added in various products to make them more liquid and less dry. Products like nail polish, moisturizers, creams and shampoos often contain phthalates. The catch-all word ‘fragrance’ also includes phthalate sometimes. So it can be impossible to identify this product label, best to avoid products that contain the word ‘fragrance’ entirely.
The harmful effects of phthalate have been linked to ADHD, male and female fertility defects, breast cancer and asthma.