Are you concerned with the ingredients in your skincare products? Here is a list of the Top Twelve Ingredients to avoid:
Parabens or anything ending in 'paraben' Hormone disruptor has been found in breast cancer cells. Prevalent in lotion, shampoo, shaving cream, sunscreen, makeup and baby wash.
Mineral Oil Byproduct of the petroleum industry, clogs pores, not beneficial for skin.
'PEG and items ending in '-eth', 1,4 dioxane Allergens, toxic contaminants, linked to cancer. Prevalent in shampoo, hair spray, skin creme, sunscreen, baby soap.
Sodium lauryl or laureth sulfate Skin damage or reactions, toxic contaminants. Found in shampoo, hair detangler, body spray, lotion and liquid soap.
Triclosan & trilocarban Damage to environment, thyroid disruptor, skin irritation and dryness. Prevalent in antibacterial soap and hand sanitizer.
Synthetic fragrances Many fragrances contain formaldehyde, hormone disruptors and phthalates; companies have a choice to use no fragrance or natural scents that do not contain these toxins.
Formaldehyde & ammonia; diaminobenzene Toxic to humans! Often found in nail polish, nail polish remover, hair dye and some perfume.
Oxybenzone and cinnamates Many damage cell protein and DNA and disrupt hormones. Found in a variety of sunscreen lotion and sunscreen spray, marketed especially for use in children.
Methylcloroisothiazolinone Allergens, harmful to nervous system.
Retinyl palmitate & Retinol (Vitamin A) Nutrient that may damage DNA and spread the growth of skin tumors when used topically. Often found in anti-aging skincare.
Hydroquinone Skin-lightening chemical that inhibits the production of melanin. Linked to cancer, organ toxicity, irritations. Popular ingredient in skin-lightening creams.
D.E.A, T.E.A and M.E.A. (diethanolamine, triethanolamine and monoethanolamine), are ammonia-based compounds used as emulsifiers and foaming agents in cosmetics, shampoos, soaps, body washes, shaving creams and sunscreen. The International Agency for Research on Cancer warns that DEA can react with nitrites in other products to form a carcinogenic combination. TEA and MEA are also believed to pose the same danger.
Of course, if any of these are listed on your product, throwing them away seems like a pricey quest. I do, however, suggest replacing them with better options as you need them. Not sure where to turn? I'm here for you to help and we can go over some options to find what is best for you.