Toxic Cosmetic Chemicals You Need To Avoid

Our skin and bodies are delicate and balanced ecosystems in their own right. Everything we put in and on our bodies affects us in some way. That’s why it’s important that the chemicals and products we apply to ourselves are working to help us rather than harm us. And with the cosmetics industry, it is especially important to pay attention to the ingredients and labels. Since there are many harmful chemicals that can affect our bodies, you should make yourself aware of what’s in the bottle before you put it on your skin or in your hair. Here are some chemicals that are regularly used in cosmetic products, and what they can do to your body.

1. Lead

While lead has long been used for its many beneficial properties, the entire world has also been spending decades trying to rid itself of the many health concerns that lead brings with it. Our pipes, for example, have been slowly replaced in order to stop the harmful effects that lead can have on the body. But lead is still a regular ingredient in many cosmetics. Lead is particularly dangerous to our eyes, since our thin eyelids do little to protect us from lead’s effects, which can include anaemia, cancer, and neurological diseases. Be sure to double check that all of your cosmetics, and plumbing, are lead-free.

2. Parfum

In many parts of the Western world, perfumes are not required to list the ingredients that go into the fragrance of their products. So if it’s in there primarily for its smell, it may not be listed on the label. These many different ingredients can come from a range of sources, many of which are surprising, but almost all of them are known allergens. If you have allergies, you need to watch out for fragrances, since many of them could cause allergic reactions and asthma attacks. Some of these parfums are even potential carcinogens.

3. Siloxanes

Ingredients ending in “-siloxane” or “-methicone” are known as siloxanes. This wide variety of products have many benefits for cosmetics’ companies, namely that they’re cheap and easily manufactured chemical compounds that can give cosmetics properties that soften, smooth and moisten. But these products are also suspected endocrine inhibitors and may effect reproductive systems.

The chemicals present in many cosmetic products can be very harmful to our delicate bodies, upsetting the natural balance in the name of cheap and effective products. To avoid these chemicals, you have to know what’s going into the products you use and always remember to stick with 100% all natural products. Be aware that many of these chemicals aren’t listed here, but the above three are commonly found in a wide variety of cosmetics. Of course, the best idea is to use products that don’t try to hide what’s inside them. It’s the easiest way to know what you’re getting.

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