In our day today life we all use so many beauty and cosmetics products and most of us have a habit of checking the ingredients list of the products we are using, well that is indeed a very good habit and those of you don’t have this habit I can assure your after reading this blog you all will surely adopt this habit of knowing the ingredients list of each and every product you are using.
After doing a deep research I’m here to brief a list of most common ingredients found in every product and they are pretty much toxic for our skin and body.
1.Sulfates : They are basically cleansing agent found in mostly each product and are responsible for producing lather in shampoos ,soaps, body washes & also in toothpastes. Many varieties of sulfates are synthetic & some are obtained from natural sources like coconut or palm oils.
The most common sulfate based ingredient that are present in cosmetics or personal care product are :
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) , Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES).
They can give irritation to your eyes and are also known as acne causing substances, also makes hair more fizzy and dry .
So first ingredient to avoid is sulfate (SLS & SLES).
2.Parabens : They are the most commonly used preservative in skin & hair care products ,they are derived from Para hydroxybenzoic acid (PHBA) .
They are synthetic chemicals categorized as methylparaben ,isopropyl paraben ,propylparaben ,butylparaben ,isopropylparaben & isobutylparaben, you will find any of these mentioned names in your personal care or beauty products.
Now you all must be wondering that why parabens are harmful for us ,because parabens can penetrate deep into your skin & can disrupt with our hormones’ and researches shows that this will eventually leads to breast or skin cancer.
Parabens are harmful for sensitive skin causing allergic reactions, for hair paraben can cause many problem like drying ,itchiness, hair loss ,patchiness.
So it good to avoid parabens in our products until they are proved to be safe.
Parabens are found in creams ,moisturizers, shampoos, conditioners etc.
3.Alcohol : It is commonly used as solvent in skin care products. Alcohols can be classified as good or bad alcohols. Some alcohols (Fatty alcohols) like cetearyl alcohol ,cetyl comes under good alcohols as they are good for dry skin and can be used as a moisturizers.
*for Good alcohols we will go in deep in our next topic.
Lets discuss about bad alcohols ,so if your product ingredient list have Ethanol, propanol, Ethyl Alcohol, Methanol, Benzyl Alcohol ,its better to avoid them because they can act cruel to your skin.
4. Lead : This heavy metal is found naturally in earth’s crust & is used as a coloring dyes in lipsticks, eyeliners etc. Though FDA has regulated the use of lead in externally applied cosmetics to max. of 10ppm as already we are exposed to a enough quantity of lead through our food & water and excess quantity of lead in our body leads to hypertension & coronary heart diseases.
5.Triclosan : It is synthetic antibacterial agent found in toothpastes ,soaps & deodorants ,it is very toxic in nature and linked to many toxicities like cancer.
so next time when you are shopping for your cosmetics or body care products surely check the ingredients & try to avoid as many of them & please try to use the products that are pure, contains organic ingredients ,non toxic & cruelty free.