Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - BEAUTY -

The higher up on the in­gre­di­ents list, the higher the per­cent­age used. To en­sure prod­ucts are more nat­u­ral than oth­ers, check they have lit­tle or none of these in­gre­di­ents.

1 PARABENS AND PHENOXYETHANOL Parabens are often listed as methyl, butyl, propyl and ethyl parabens, and are the most com­monly used preser­va­tives. Phenoxyethanol is a syn­thetic preser­va­tive, which is com­monly used in “paraben­free” prod­ucts. 2 PE­TRO­LEUM BY-PROD­UCTS/ PETRO­CHEM­I­CALS These are de­rived from the same sub­stance as mo­tor oil! Ex­am­ples in­clude petro­la­tum, paraf­fin, gly­col, buty­lene gly­col, iso­propyl al­co­hol, poly­butene, tri­closan, poly­eth­yl­ene and min­eral oil. 3 DEA (DIETHANOLAMINE), MEA (MONOETHANOLAMINE) AND TEA (TRIETHANOLAMINE) These chem­i­cals are what make the suds – best to avoid. 4 SYN­THETIC COLOURS AND FRA­GRANCES Some­times la­belled as “FD & C” fol­lowed by a num­ber. Some syn­thetic fra­grances con­tain ph­tha­lates, which can cause skin sen­si­tiv­ity. 5 PROPYLENE GLY­COL AND POLY­ETH­YL­ENE GLY­COL (PEG) Chem­i­cals used to thicken prod­ucts; they can cause dry skin and rashes. 6 UREA (IMIDAZOLIDINYL) AND DMDM HYDANTOIN These re­lease formalde­hyde, which is known to cause headaches. 7 SLS (SODIUM LAU­RYL SUL­PHATE) AND SLES (SODIUM LAURETH SUL­PHATE) Used to make prod­ucts foam, they can often cause rashes. 8 CARBOMER Made from acrylic acid, this is a gelling agent – safer, more nat­u­ral gelling agents are xan­than, guar and scle­rotium gums.

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