We tend to over-saturate our beauty routines with the wide array of products around us that succeed at delivering their appeal in all shapes and forms.. Without hesitating, we are always ready to try on, put on, spritz on any beauty cosmetic without reading labels.. Just like we are getting used to reading the labels of the foods we consume, the same should be applied to beauty products.. We don’t ingest them that’s for sure, but some nasty and toxic ingredients can and will leach into our bodies resulting in serious damage and health risks.. So, it’s time to literally detox your beauty items..
1 || Nail Polish
Fact: We absorb at least one potentially hormone-disrupting chemical every time we get a mani-pedi..
Chemicals to look out for: TPP and formaldehyde..
2 || Shampoos
Fact: Foaming agents and other commonly desired shampoo properties penetrate the skin and stay in the body for up to five days. Causing allergies, brain fog, headaches, liver toxicity, organ toxicity..
Chemicals to look out for: SLES, SLS, Parabens, fragrances, Quaternium-15, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium sorbate, PEG, Polysorbate 20, Triclosan.
3 || Body Lotions
Fact: Body lotions tend to get absorbed quickly, but they’re not as innocent as they appear.. Many are considered carcinogens and are major skin and respiratory irritants.. As well as toxicant to the immune system.. Some are even linked to hormone disruption and breast cancer..
Chemicals to look out for: Butylated Hydroxyanisole, DMDM Hydantoin, Fragrance + Parfum, Parabens, Retinyl Palmitate,Triethanolamine.
4 || Toothpaste and Mouthwash
Fact: Your mouth is highly absorbent, so chemicals lurking in your toothpaste and mouthwash get a fast-track into your bloodstream. The result? Antibiotic resistance and endocrine disruption, cancer, disrupting the function of your taste buds by breaking up the phospholipids on your tongue.
Chemicals to look out for: Triclosan, sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), artificial sweeteners, fluoride, and diethanolamine (DEA).
5 || Exfoliants
Fact: Some are anticipated to be a human carcinogens.. Their ingredients can cause skin depigmentation.
Chemicals to look out for: Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA).
6 || Lip and Anti Aging Products
Fact: Some ingredients in lip balms an anti aging products become carcinogenic in sunlight, making it extra important to only use them at night and to avoid any sunscreens containing retinol-derived ingredients.
Chemicals to look out for: Retinyl palmitate, retinyl acetate, retinoic acid and retinol.
7 || Mascara
Fact: Some contents of mascaras may cause contact dermatitis and are often contaminated with cancer-causing impurities.
Chemicals to look out for: Petroleum.
8 || Antiperspirants
Fact: Antiperspirants offer a dual action method, one is targeting the odor causing bacteria, the other is preventing the sweat to reach the skin surface.. This causes toxin accumulation in the armpit area that is a major concern.. A deodorant without antiperspirants is recommended as a healthier option.
Chemicals to look out for: Antiperspirant agents like aluminum salts.
9 || Sunscreens
Fact: Studies on cells and laboratory animals indicate that certain sunscreens may disrupt the hormone system. Opt for sunscreens with zinc oxide or titanium oxide or avobenzene instead of Oxybenzone.
Chemicals to look out for: Oxybenzone
10 || Skin Lighteners
Fact: Skin-bleaching creams might contain a chemical that can cause a skin disease called ochronosis, with “disfiguring and irreversible” blue-black lesions on exposed skin. Illegally imported skin lighteners can contain mercury. Be wary of imported skin lighteners.
Chemicals to look out for: Hydroquinone, mercury, calomel, mercurio or mercurio chloride.