Did you know that in Europe over 1,300 harmful chemicals are banned in beauty, but only 30 are banned in the US as of 2018? Insane, right? After diving deeper we found out that this is because Europe bans ingredients right when they show any potential of harm. The U.S. regulates its products by the proof that it causes harm. This process takes time and a lot of evidence. In turn, this means that you are potentially putting harmful ingredients in your body EVERY DAY without being aware. So before you slather on that new moisturizer go ahead and take a look at your current skin and beauty products. We’ve made a list of 5 toxic ingredients that you should be extra aware of.
Isopropyl Alcohol or IPA is a colorless liquid used in beauty products with the intent to tighten pores, improve skin’s texture, and tone the skin. This ingredient however, can actually cause your skin to age prematurely. IPA dries out the skin by striping it of it’s natural oils which will not only make skin more sensitive but it can also make acne worse. Other side effects include headaches, flushing, dizziness, depression, nausea, vomiting, and in extreme circumstances, coma.
BHT is used in a variety of cosmetic products as an antioxidant to prevent the product from expiring. Even though this ingredient is usually included at a low dose, it still has many harmful effects if it gets into the bloodstream. BHT is known as a eye, skin and lung irritant, as well as linked to organ system toxicity.
Methylparaben & anything ending in paraben
These ingredients, used as a preservative in products act like estrogen within the body. This can throw off the hormonal balance in females and cause early puberty. In males, it can contribute to sterility. These ingredients are also directly linked to breast cancer.
Diazolidinyl Urea is another preservative found in many beauty products. This chemical releases formaldehyde into your body. Formaldehyde has many dangerous side effects including immune system toxicity and irritation of the respiratory system. It is also linked to cancer.
Propylene Glycol is used for hydration as well as a delivery ingredient in beauty products. This means that it helps other ingredients penetrate into the skin making the product work better. If your product has other harmful ingredients in it, it can make those enter your bloodstream easier. Propylene Glycol alone is known as a skin irritant as well as shown to cause cancer.