Ingredients to avoid in cosmetics

Do you know exactly what’s in your beauty products? We use up to 16 different products every single day. Whether they’re cosmetics or skincare, our beauty products can expose us to over one hundred chemicals that can be both toxic for our health and for the environment. Here is a list of ingredients to avoid while shopping for cosmetics:

1- Formaldehyde : Found in fake eyelashes, hair products and nail polish.

2- BHA et BHT : Found in liquid soap, shower gel, shampoo, shaving cream and cosmetics made from animal or vegetable fat.

3- Mineral oils : Found in lip balms, lipsticks, creams and lotions. On packaging, they can be disguised using names such as paraffin, petrolatum, polybutene, synthetic wax and polyethylene.

4- Parabens (Methyl, Butyl, Ethyl, Propyl) : Found in conditioners, body lotion, deodorant and makeup. On packaging, they can be disguised using names such as butylparaben et le propylparaben.

5- PEGs : Usually found in cleansers to dissolve oil and grease. On packaging, they can be disguised using names such as PolyEthylene Glycol

6- Aluminium : Usually found in almost every personal care product, especially antiperspirant deodorants.

7- DEA (diethanolamine), MEA (Monoethanolamine), and TEA (triethanolamine) : Usually found in products that foam like facial cleansers and soaps. They are also found in eye makeup , fragrances, hair products, and sunscreens.

8- Phthalates : Usually found in cosmetics such as fragrance oils. They’re listed under the term “fragrance”.

9- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) + Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) : Usually found in 90% of personal-care products that foam!

10- Synthetic fragrances : Usually found in cosmetic and skincare products but also many household products such as candles, air fresheners, and scented trash bags.


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