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Top 7 Beauty Ingredients that are Toxic to Your Health

With so many new skincare and beauty products flooding the markets around the world these days, it is hard to believe that most of them contain toxic ingredients in some amount. Such ingredients when used for a long time may cause serious issues to your health. But the question is why there are being used in spite of their harmful effects on the skin?

Well, most ingredients used in such products are not tested enough to make it completely safe. If research is available, it is at its initial levels and is unable to define the definite harm it may cause overtime. The only way to prevent using them is to know which ingredients are not suitable for you. Here is a list of 7 ingredients that you must absolutely avoid using.



All beauty products have fragrance. We like some fragrances whereas some scents seem unsuitable. Most of the time, we consider fragrance as a deciding factor to choose a product, but did you know that fragrance can actually be damaging to your health? Most companies will use a strong fragrance to cover up any hidden ingredients used and we somehow don't get to know about it. Actually, added fragrance can cause severe skin irritation.

Since a lot of harmful chemicals are hidden behind a soothing fragrance, you might not know how it is affecting your skin and health. Such ingredients may even cause problems in your reproductive system and promote respiratory distress. Some fragrances can also induce skin issues such as dermatitis. Therefore, it is always best to stay away from it.



You might be commonly spotting this ingredient in many beauty products. Basically, it is used as an additive to preserve the product for a longer time. But then how does it causes harm? Even though it stops bacteria from growing in your products it does increase your risk of breast cancer. Since it has properties that mimic the activity of estrogen present in the body, it is known to cause tumors in the breast leading to breast cancer.

Parabens get easily absorbed by the skin and enter your body. The best way to deal with this toxic element is to completely avoid the products that are using it as a preservative. Choose products that are marked as paraben-free especially when you are buying shampoos, deodorants, facial cleansers and body washes. Parabens may also be used in makeup products, so always check the ingredient list before you buy. 


 Synthetic colors

Most beauty products have a nice beautiful color to attract the customers. They are marked as FD&C and sometime D&C. FD&C stands for Food Drug and cosmetic while D&C simply means Drug and Cosmetics. These abbreviations are marked with a color and a number which represents the color of the product you are buying. You will be surprised to know that these synthetic colors are obtained from sources such as coal tar and petroleum. This makes synthetic colors extremely harmful to your health.

Researchers suspect these ingredients as a carcinogen-a compound that may cause cancer in humans. Synthetic colors are also associated with the development of ADHD in small children. Besides, they are the biggest cause of skin irritation. Therefore, always use products that do not have synthetic color and is made in a natural way.


 Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)

Commonly denoted as SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate) or SLES (Sodium Laureth Sulfate), these are used in almost all foaming beauty products. You may easily spot them in the label of shampoos, body washes, and facial cleansers. Products used for acne treatment also contains this ingredient in small amounts. Besides, SLS is also used in preparing mascara.

SLS or SLES can easily cause skin damage as it is an irritant. It may also irritate your eyes and can be damaging to your lungs. These ingredients get easily absorbed through your skin and are known to interact with other chemicals to releasing nitrosamine. Nitrosamine is known to be a carcinogen and may pose a hazard to your kidneys and respiratory system.



Triclosan is another ingredient that you must avoid to prevent various health issues. This ingredient is also used as a preservative because it stops bacterial growth. However, the chemical can be highly dangerous for your endocrine system. It is extensively used in antibacterial soaps, toothpaste as well as some deodorants. It is found that triclosan can reduce the effect of antibiotics on bacteria thus increasing health risk.

Triclosan not only irritates the skin but also disrupts your thyroid functioning. Since it hits the endocrine system, it affects your reproductive hormones too. Triclosan is also associated with a weak immune system. Small children who are exposed to this chemical on a regular basis may develop symptoms of asthma, allergies, and eczema.



This ingredient is found in many forms in commonly available beauty products. Manufactures use dibutyl phthalates to increase the softness of nail polish, while another form of phthalates known as dimethyl phthalate is extensively used in hair sprays. Phthalates are also used in form of diethyl phthalate in skin lotions and perfumes. These ingredients are known to cause disruption in the functionality of your endocrine system.

Phthalates also cause birth defects in both males and females. It is known to increase the risk of breast cancer and induce an early development of breasts among girls. It is best to avoid products that have phthalates in it, however, most manufacturers do not mention it presents and adds it to the fragrance.



This ingredient can wreak havoc on your health in many ways. Formaldehyde is used as a preservative in many beauty, skincare and hair care products and can easily enter your body to cause damage. Formaldehyde is known to act as a carcinogen and is associated with nasal as well as nasopharyngeal cancer in individuals who use such products on a regular basis.

Formaldehyde also damages the immune system and make you prone to various ailments. This chemical irritates the skin causing allergic reactions. Even though it is used as a preservative to stop bacterial growth in products like nail polish, eyeshadows, cleansers, conditioners and body washes, it may cause great damage by attaining an easy access to your body through these products.



No doubt, beauty and skin care products are an ultimate need nowadays, but the hidden ingredients present in it may give rise to many health issues. Since there are many products as well as natural alternatives present that are not using these above toxic chemicals, it is always best to carefully check every item that you purchase for improving your beauty.

All natural beauty products contain whole ingredients that provide equally good results while being gentle on the skin. Look out for products that are formulated using ingredients such as oats, licorice, rose petals and rice. They help in exfoliating the dead skin cells and even out the complexion in a natural way.  Also, choose products that contain natural healthy fats like coconut oil, olive oil or almond oil as these are considered great for attaining a glowing and radiant skin.



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