CHARLOTTE – Certain chemicals in your self care products are easily absorbed by the skin, and have been linked to skin irritations, endocrine system disruptions, reproductive problems, behavioral issues, and even an increased risk of cancer. Be sure to check the labels and avoid the following:
1. Formaldehyde, also known as Diazolidinyl urea, 3-diol Imidazolidinyl urea, DMDM Hydantoin, Quaternium-15, Nitorpropane-1, Formalin, Methanal, Methyl Aldehyde, and Methylene Oxide.
2. Fragrance; cosmetic companies use it as an umbrella term for a whole host of different chemicals that can be toxic to your health.
3. Parabens; the most commonly used are methylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben, and ethylparaben.
4. Phthalates; often disguised as dibutylphthalate (DBP), dimethylphthalate (DMP), or as the word “fragrance.”
5. Propylene glycol may be hiding in your moisturizer, sunscreen, shampoo, conditioner, and other cosmetic products.
6. Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS). This chemical is added to more than 90% of personal care and cleaning products. If the product foams there’s a good chance it includes SLS.
7. Keep an eye out for “FD&C” or “D&C” on labels — this means the product includes artificial colors, like Red 27 or Blue 1. Synthetic colors, derived from petroleum or coal tar, may be carcinogenic.
8. Toluene, also known as benzene, toluol, phenylmethane, or methylbenzene.
9. Triclosan is an antimicrobial chemical that can be found in antibacterial soaps, toothpastes, hand sanitizers, and deodorants.
10. Benzophenone, PABA, avobenzone, homosalate, and methoxycinnamate are chemicals commonly added to sunscreen to absorb ultraviolet light.
In general, a mile-long list of ingredients you can’t pronounce is often a good indication that the product contains some less-than-ideal additives.
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