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Eight Chemicals In Skin & Hair Care Products You Should Never Use
below are the 8 chemicals on the ""most wanted" list -- the 8 chemicals
we most want to see OFF labels of skin and hair care products.
Avoid these harmful, toxic chemicals.
1. Propylene Glycol
This is a cheap, synthetic petrochemical used as a emulsifying base in
creams and lotions to make the skin look smooth, but ultimately it ages
the skin faster. The Material Saftey Data Sheet tells you to avoid skin
contact with it because it's a skin irritant! It can denature the
skin's protein, leading to poor, saggy skin. It can be absorbed
through your skin and potentially cause allergic reactions, and liver
and kidney damage.
2. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)
This harsh, caustic detergent is used because it's
cheap and sudses well. It's used as an engine degreaser and garage
floor cleaner but you'll also find it in shampoo, soap, facial
cleanser, etc. Research shows that SLS has a degenerative effect on the
cell membranes and denatures protein such as in hair or skin. This can
damage skin or hair, leading to aged skin and poor hair. SLS can
corrode hair follicles and inhibit hair growth, contributing to hair
loss. SLS has the potential to cause cataracts (through skin
absorption, even without direct eye contact). SLS can denature the
protein of the eyes and delay the healing time of the eyes. From skin
contact, SLS can be absorbed into your circulation and concentrate in
your organs, such as your heart, liver or brain. This is potentially
dangerous since SLS is a mutagen, capable of changing the information
in the genetic material of
our cell and organs.
3. Mineral Oil
This cheap, petroleum-based oil clogs the skin’s pores
and enlarges them, leading to poor, saggy skin. It decreases the
ability of the skin cells to exchange nutrients and waste products.
Those allergic to petroleum products may develop skin irritations.
When the word "fragrance," is listed on a label, it
means a synthetic fragrance made in a test tube from any of over 200
synthetic chemicals. These ""chemicals, which can
bio-accumulate in your organs, can cause many symptoms, such as
headaches, lung problems, skin irritation, dizziness, memory
impairment, rash, and more. They are very cheap, toxic imitations of
real herbal scents.
5. Parabens (Propyl, Methyl, Butyl, or Ethyl)
These cheap preservatives are used to inhibit microbial
growth in skin care or hair products even though they are known to be
highly toxic. They have caused many allergic reactions and skin
6. Imidazolidinyl and Diazolidinyl Urea
These are the most commonly used preservatives after
the parabens. They are an established cause of contact dermatitis
(American Academy of Dermatology) and release formaldehyde (a toxic
7. Synthetic Colors
Synthetic colors are used in a skin cream or shampoo to make it
colorful. Avoid them at all costs, along with hair dyes (with the
exception of some henna products). They can cause allergy, skin and
nerve problems. Synthetic colors are labeled as FD&C or D&C,
followed by a number and color.
8. Triethanolamine (TEA)
Often used in the base of a product and to adjust the
pH. TEA causes allergic reactions including eye problems, dryness of
hair and skin, and can be toxic if absorbed into the body over time.