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Here I’ve listed the 10 ingredients that are the most commonly found in cosmetics and that are absolutely to be avoided:

1 MINERAL OIL, also known as petroleum, petrolatum, paraffinum liquidum, petroleum jelly; classified as carcinogen Group 1 to humans, by the WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION, this is an oil derivative that clogs your pores and coats the skin like plastic. In turn it disrupts your body’s natural ability to moisturize its own skin, leading to dryness and chapping. It Interferes with skin’s ability to eliminate toxins, promoting acne and other disorders. Slows down skin function and cell development, resulting in premature aging. Manufacturers use it because it’s really inexpensive. Used in many products such as Baby oil and Vaseline, which are 100% made of mineral oil.

2 PARABENS: They are widely used in cosmetics and beauty products as preservatives and antioxidants. Also known as: methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, isopropylparaben, butylparaben, isobutylparaben, and benzylparaben. They’re endocrine disruptors that have the potential to raise breast cancer risk and interfere in the reproductive system.

3 Diethanolamine (DEA), Triethanolamine (TEA): These are used as foaming agents, but can cause allergic reactions, eye irritation, and dryness of the hair and skin. DEA and TEA are toxic if absorbed into the body over a long period of time, and are associated with cancer in lab animals.

4 Sodium Lauryl Sulfate/Sodium Laureth Sulfate: This is a cheap, very harsh detergent used in many shampoos for its ability to cleanse and foam. Often derived from petroleum, It causes eye irritations, skin rashes, hair loss, scalp scurf similar to dandruff, and allergic reactions. Lookout when you buy products that contain it, sometimes it’s disguised by the definition: “derived from coconut”.

5 Formaldehyde: Classified as a human carcinogen by the National Institutes of Health since 1981, formaldehyde and related chemicals are used as preservatives in shampoos, soaps, and other beauty products. Formaldehyde is highly toxic to all animals, regardless of method of intake. Ingestion of 30 mL (1 oz.) of a solution containing 37% formaldehyde has been reported to cause death in an adult human. Water solution of formaldehyde is very corrosive and its ingestion can cause severe injury to the upper gastrointestinal tract.

6 Imidazolidinyl Urea and Diazolidinyl Urea: these are an antimicrobial preservatives used in cosmetics. They are formaldehyde releasers and they often cause dermatitis. They are both toxic to humans.

7 Propylene Glycol: ideally this is a vegetable glycerin mixed with grain alcohol, both of which are natural, but it’s usually made from synthetic chemicals. It has been known to cause allergic and toxic reactions. Usually they it’s labeled PEG and PPG.

8 PVP/VA Copolymer: a petroleum-derived chemical used in hairsprays, wave sets and other hair products. It can be considered toxic, since its particles may contribute to lungs intoxication of sensitive persons.

9 Phthalates: plasticizers banned in the EU and California in children’s toys, but present in many fragrances, perfumes, deodorants, lotions. Linked to endocrine disruption, cancer, liver, kidney and lung damage.

10 Tetrasodium EDTA: is a preservative that’s made from the known carcinogen, formaldehyde and sodium cyanide. It is also a penetration enhancer, meaning it breaks down the skin’s protective barrier, going right into your bloodstream. Used mainly in soaps and creams, many companies try to be “natural” using Tetrasodium EDTA instead of parabens to preserve their products, but it is toxic.



This is a great and easy to use website to find out if an ingredient is good or not. It’s in Italian, but the colored labels say everything.
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