Toxic Beauty Products
TAKE CARE AND READ THE LABEL ON YOUR PRODUCTS
Unfortunately, cosmetics and personal care products have little government oversight, which means many products, and the ingredients used in today's beauty products, are not well-regulated.
There is growing evidence that the toxins in our skin care product are significant endocrine disruptors. The skin being the largest organ in the body – every time you apply a skin care product to your body the ingredients go through the skin into your system. We are suffering from chemical overload. Are we poisoning ourselves and setting ourselves up for illness as we age?
THE TOXIC 20
Formaldehyde releasers. Bronopol, DMDM hydantoin, diazolidinyl urea, imidazolidinyl urea, and quaternium-15 are cosmetic preservatives that slowly form formaldehyde.
Phtalates. That would be phtalates, which are sometimes used to help perfume stick to skin, as well as eyelash adhesive and nail polish.
Parabens. Butyl, propyl and ethyl parabens have been linked to hormone disruption.
Mineral oil. A by-product of petroleum.
Polyethylene glycol (PEGs). Propylene glycol (PG) and butylene glycol (BG) could potentially be petroleum derived and irritating to the skin.
Siloxanes. Also known as cyclical silicones, these compounds are found in a variety of cosmetic and skincare products—but they’re not great for the environment, and have been linked with endocrine disruption as well
Triclosan. This antimicrobial ingredient (often found in hand sanitizers and antibacterial soap) has been linked to such a significant impact on the thyroid and reproductive hormones, that it’s banned in several countries.
Ethanolamines. While these compounds (which are emulsifiers found in foundation, mascara, and skincare products) are technically classified as safe for cosmetic use by the EWG, they’re also shown to be allergens. They might be listed as monoethanolamine (MEA), diethanolamine (DEA), or triethanolamine (TEA).
Oxybenzone. “This well-established endocrine disruptor can be found in many skincare products that contain sunscreen, including lotions, lip balms, cleansers, fragrance, and even baby products.
Octinoxate. This common sunscreen ingredient was thought originally to be harmful to coral reefs, and although that may have been recently proven false, it's still somewhat irritating to sensitive skin.
Homosalate. This is another chemical that’s commonly used in sunscreens as a UV absorber. Toluene. This chemical (which also goes by the name of Butylated Hydroxytoluene, or BHT), is a big no-no: It’s linked with brain toxicity and can be especially dangerous during pregnancy. You can still find it nail polish, nail treatments and hair dye.
Talc. While talcum powder (often used as a smoothing agent in mineral makeup) is generally safe, it also has the potential to be contaminated with asbestos, which is a known carcinogen and instigator of lung disease.
PFAs and PFCs. Remember how we said that the term “fragrance” can potentially be hiding hundreds of chemicals? Well, PFAs are a class of thousands. “They’re fluorinated chemicals that have been found in sunscreens, hair products, and shaving creams. They’re linked to serious health effects, including cancer, thyroid disease.
Teflon. Teflon is one specific PFA worth calling out—it’s the brand name for Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), and is sometimes added to cosmetics to improve the texture. Like other PFAs, it’s linked to hormone disruption and reproductive issues.
Resorcinol. “This common ingredient in hair color and bleaching products has been linked to skin irritation and immune system dysfunction.
Carbon black. This pigment which is often found in mascara and eyeliner has a possible link to cancer with regard to inhalation (not topical application).