There are several common “bad ingredients” that give you good reason to go natural with your skin care. If you see one or more of these, I would definitely pass and look for a more natural choice!
Some of the offenders include:
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate – known to cause irritation of the skin and eyes. Also, there has been a possible linkage to skin tumors.
Sodium Laureth Sulfate – sounds so similar to the previous “bad guy” and is actually its cousin. This one is extremely prevalent in soaps, shampoos, toothpastes, and detergents. It’s what makes products get all foamy, which is nice, but toxic when Sodium Laureth Sulfate is the source of the bubbles. This ingredient has proven to be a skin irritant and a substance not enjoyed one bit by our trusty livers.
Petrochemicals - this group includes names like benzoic acid, ethanol, ethylene, vinyl acetate, propylene, and toluene. Petrochemicals are chemical products derived from petroleum or other hydrocarbon origin. Petrochemicals are used to make things like petroleum jelly and mineral oil. They are seemingly harmless and simple, but their byproducts, like dioxin, are known to cause an array of serious health problems, including cancers and endocrine disruption.
Phthalates – you’ll see these in shampoos, lotions, and other things you are regularly coating yourself with, but be warned – in spite of their wide spread use their safety is highly debatable. Reproductive, endocrine and respiratory disorders have been associated with phthalates. Yet, they continue to be used as solvents in perfumes, as well as stabilizers and lubricants in other body care products. Phthalates are used to make rigid plastics soft and pliable…rigid plastics soft and pliable? Since I don’t think we would even somewhat equate our skin to plastic, I would strongly say that this is another one to avoid. Phthalates, see you later, I’ll leave you to soften my tupperware.
Parabens - methylparaben, ethylparaben, and propylparaben – they all help to increase the shelf life of products, but is it worth it? The hormone-like effects of parabens disrupt the endocrine system, hence potentially leading to reproductive issues. Not nice, not desirable, put it back on the shelf!
You are wondering why such unhealthy ingredients like these would be used in so many beauty products? Simple answer: they are cheap, cheap, cheap!