Beware of the 10 Toxic Chemicals to avoid when shopping for
skincare products. Harmful to your Health and to the Environment.
From washing your face to applying serum,
our daily skincare routine involves many personal care products.
Many personal care products contain toxic chemicals not listed on labels and misrepresented under the names, "natural" and "fragrance".
Fragrance recipes are considered trade secrets so manufacturers do not have to disclose the list of chemicals in the ingredients.
#1 BHA (butylated hydrooxyanisole) and BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene)
Preservations in hair products, makeup, sunscreen, deodorant, fragrances and creams.
Linked to hormone disruption and skin irritation.
#2 Formaldehyde and formaldehyde releasing agents
Used as hardeners in nail polishes.
Diazolindinyl urea and quaternium-15 used as preservatives in cosmetics and release formaldehyde.
Linked to cancer and skin sensitivity.
#3 NEP (N-Ethylpentedrone) and
Used in synthetic eyelash and nail glues, nail polish removers and lotions.
Can cause skin, eye and lung irritation.
Blocks ultraviolet light in sunscreens
Hormon disruptor and harmful to coral reefs and marine animals
#5 Parabens (methy-, butyl-, propyl-, ethyl-)
Preservations in cosmetics and personal care products.
#6 Per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS)
ingredients with "fluoro" in name.
Found in personal care products and cosmetics.
Linked to cancer and extremely persistent in the environment.
Helps fragrances linger on skin longer.
Hormone disruptors and toxic to reproduction and brain development.
Cyclomethicone, D4, D5 and D6
Silicone-based compounds used to moisten or prime skin and hair.
Can cause skin irritation and harmful to aquatic animals.