The importance of knowing the ingredients that make up your beauty product
Know what you’re putting on your skin by reading the product labels
Women love their cosmetics. Even the simplest person who likes to keep it natural sticks to a skincare regimen. All those beauty products found on bathroom counters aren’t just for vanity but are truly about taking care of oneself. The real concern is: Do you know what you’re actually putting on your skin, and are they safe? Here are some common ingredients and chemicals found in beauty products you should be wary of.
There’s a reason why “paraben-free” came up on the label of beauty products in the past years. If you’re not aware, it’s because beauty products with paraben are associated with breast cancer. This chemical was actually identified in biopsy samples from breast tumors. Where you can find it: Makeup, deodorants, shampoos, conditioners, and facial cleansers
Sodium lauryl sulfate
Also known by its acronym SLS, this chemical can be found in a lot of personal care products. SLS is responsible for making shampoo and soap foamy. It may cause severe skin and eye irritation. Where you can find it: Shampoos, soaps, and body washes
This chemical is used to prevent bacteria growth in cosmetics. It is believed to be a carcinogen by The International Agency for Research on Carcinogens and has also been linked to cause allergic skin reactions and bronchitis. Where you can find it: Mostly in nail polish and hair coloring
Fragrance is a tricky ingredient on the label because most brands use it to mask a “secret formula.” Fragrance mixes have been associated with allergies, dermatitis, and respiratory problems like asthma.
Where you can find it: Lotions, perfumes, shampoos and conditioners, body washes, and moisturizers
Ever wonder why most OBgynecologists don’t allow pregnant women to have a mani/pedi? It’s because of the toluene found in nail polish. Toluene, a petroleumbased by-product, is often hidden in “fragrance” and can affect the functioning of the brain and the central nervous system. It’s dangerous for fetal development. Where you can find it: Most often in nail polish
This ingredient is often added in makeup to absorb moisture and provide a hint of sparkle. But beware, not everything that sparkles is good! Talc is considered a carcinogen and has been linked to ovarian cancer. When inhaled, it may even lead to the formation of lung tumors.
Where you can find it: Powder-form makeup like eye shadow and blush