INGREDIENTS FOUND IN COSMETICS:
Top 5 most common toxic ingredients found in cosmetics
1. IMIDAZOLIDINYL UREA
Found in most water-based cosmetics, deodorants, hair dyes, shaving cream, and face masks, is imidazolidinyl urea in concentrations of 0.1-5%. This highly water-soluble chemical remains on the skin for hours after being applied and has sufficient time to be thoroughly absorbed by the dermal cells. It serves as a preservative in conjunction with parabens and releases formaldehyde. It is a known allergen and toxicant in humans. Also, the chemical may be derived from animals and could be a carcinogen. Other formaldehyde releasing chemicals to look out for are DMDM hydantoin, diazolidinyl urea, methenamine, and quarternium-15.
As aforementioned, parabens are often used with imidazolidinyl urea, so they are often found in similar products. The FDA states that parabens can be found in, “makeup, moisturizers, hair care products, and shaving products.” Parabens act as an anti-microbial preserving agent in products. Multiple parabens are often used in a single product: the most common are methylparaben, propylparaben, and butylparaben. These chemicals are highlighting a growing concern because they are found in cancer patients, but they are also found in urine samples of U.S. adults without cancer.
According to the FDA, the following phthalates are most frequently used in cosmetics: dibutylphthalate (DBP), dimethylphthalate (DMP), and diethylphthalate (DEP). Phthalates are used to make plastic or vinyl soft and flexible. It may be shocking to note that the same phthalates that are used in your cosmetics are used in plastic wrap, wood furnishing, lubricants, insecticides, and detergents. Additionally, they are thought to be endocrine disrupters, and animal tests have concluded that phthalates negatively affect hormones and contribute to an early onset of puberty.
Triethanolamine (TEA) is a base that changes the pH of the products it is in. Animal tests have shown that this chemical is highly absorptive in nature and can irritate the eyes, skin, and respiratory system. Longterm exposure to TEA has caused asthma and allergic reactions. As determined by the Cosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments, it qualifies as a clear skin toxicant, and is only reasonably safe in cosmetics when restricted.
5. PVP/VA COPOLYMER
Functioning as a binder or fixer in cosmetics (mostly hair, nail, and skin care products), PVP/ VA copolymer is a synthetic vinyl polymer. The copolymer can hinder optimal respiration in sensitive individuals, and is sometimes considered a toxic substance. Additionally, the chemical has been found to be a skin irritant.