A List of Toxic Chemicals in Beauty Products

Many people, for a very long time were unaware that a lot of personal care products they’ve been using contain industrial chemicals, carcinogens and potential carcinogens, hormone disruptors, pesticides and even ingredients that are toxic to the reproductive system. It’s time to steer away from these chemicals and make changes in your personal grooming kit.

We’ve made a list of some of the most common harmful chemicals found in grooming products to help guide you to the direction of safe and toxic-free personal products.

Toxic Chemicals To Avoid

  • BHA and BHT – BHA or butylated hydroxyanisole and BHT or butylated hydroxytoluene are usually found in moisturisers and make-up. They usually serve as preservatives. BHA and BHT are believed to disrupt the endocrine. BHA may also cause cancer. These two ingredients in your beauty products are believed to bring harm to fish and many other life in the wild.
  • DEA and DEA-related ingredients
    Diethanolamine or DEA and DEA-related ingredients are responsible for making most commercial cosmetic products creamy and have that foaming effect. They are most commonly found in moisturisers and shampoos. The danger with DEA and DEA-related ingredients is that they can react with other chemicals and form nitrosamines, which is a known human carcinogen. MEA (monoethanolamide) and TEA (triethanolamine) like DEA can also form nitrosamines when reacting with other chemicals.
  • Dibutyl Phthalate
    This ingredient is also listed as DBP in many labels of beauty products. You would usually find DBP in nail products. Phthalates are sometimes added as fragrance ingredients in numerous cosmetics. Dibutyl Phthalate (if you’re thinking how Phthalate is pronounced, it’s thal-ate) is easily absorbed by the skin. Th danger of DBP is that it has the capability to boost other chemicals’ capacity to trigger mutations in genes. Although in studies conducted DBP is not showing to be a mutagen itself, it has been seen to cause defects in fetal development, changes in testes as well as prostate and also bring down sperm counts. Because DBP has shown to interfere with hormonal function, the European Union has given DBP a clasification of “suspected endocrine disruptor”. The EU also labeled DBP as a reproductive toxin because it may harm unborn babies and also diminish fertility.
  • Parabens
    A wide-range of cosmetics use Parabens as preservatives. Sure they prolong shelf life of numerous cosmetic products, parabens may pose serious health risks. Parabens have been seen to disrupt hormone functions. They can mimic estrogen and have also been found intact in breast cancer tissues which may indicate that since the parabens were not altered by the body’s metabolism, the parabens in cosmetics are the ones at play. Parabens are also suspected to interfere with functions of the male reproductive system. Numerous studies have also found out that methylparaben put on the skin can react to UV rays and trigger faster skin aging as well as DNA damage.

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