My dear fashionistas, we know you love your bag of cosmetics filled with moisturizing creams, perfumes, powders, lotions, lipsticks. But have you ever checked the products before purchase to ensure there are no harmful ingredients?
It is important to check as the threat of skin-related diseases is on an all time rise and harmful chemicals can inflict permanent damage to your skin.
Did you know that your skin is a key aspect of immune defense barrier and the largest organ to remove wastes? Harmful ingredients in cosmetics can clog the skin resulting in germs getting in easily and toxins getting out with great difficulty.
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Next time you pick a cosmetic from the shelf, check for these harmful ingredients which can cause serious damage.
This drying and irritating solvent sucks out the natural moisture of your skin and disturbs the immune barrier. In fact, it makes your skin susceptible to bacteria and infections! Made from propylene, this ingredient is found in several skin, hair, fragrance products and antibacterial washes also! Some side effects include premature aging of skin and brown spots.
Some commonly found parabens in cosmetics are Methylparaben, butylparaben and propylparaben – These are used in several underarm deodorants, moisturizers and cosmetics. They may trigger the growth of breast tumors and propagate the damaging effects of UV radiation.
Commonly found in synthetic fragrances, nail polish and hair dye, this chemical is used for adding a glossy effect and enhance its longevity on the skin. Long term usage might result in anemia, lower blood cell count and liver or kidney damage.
Watch out for this one – It is used in several antibacterial liquid soaps, cleansers, deodorants, antiperspirants and hand sanitizers. This chemical has been classified as a pesticide and should not be used as a cosmetic ingredient. Reportedly, this chemical can pass through the skin and cause damage to the hormonal function.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate & Sodium Laureth Sulfate
It is used in cosmetics as a cleansing agent and for producing foam and bubbles in shampoos, bubble bath, facial cleansers and body washes. These chemicals strip the skin off natural oils and leave it parched & dry.
These chemicals can lead to hair loss, dermatitis, dry scaly skin and eczema.
Propylene Glycol and Polyethylene glycol
Did you know these chemicals are used as anti-freeze in fuel? The same chemical is used in fuel industry as well as beauty care/personal care industry! This is found in numerous make-up, hair products, lotions and deodorants. It can cause damage to the liver, kidneys and brain!
BHA and BHT:
These are used mainly in moisturizers and make up as preservatives. They are suspected to disrupt the endocrine and can cause cancer.
Hope you select your products with caution and discretion – Avoid these problem causing ingredients in cosmetics and enjoy a healthy, glowing skin. After all, looking good is not only about slathering vials and bottles of cosmetics but also maintaining it well with timely care and natural products.
Always read the ingredients before you buy any cosmetic brands. Make sure you read them to confirm they are safe cosmetics. Sometimes, we may not notice but the best makeup brands also may use harmful chemicals in cosmetics that can harm the skin and body.
It is not only about the chemicals, but also about the testing done on animals to prove the products are safe. Hence, many brands have started making cruelty free products. Some vegan cosmetic brands are, Lush Liquid lipsticks, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics and so on.
Coming to natural makeup brands, brands like Forest Essential, Natures Co., Iraya, Body Shop, Just Herbs, etc have some safe cosmetics for all. You can also check our blog post on Eco-Friendly Cosmetics.
Hope you found this post useful!