Put good on, get good out

May 30, 2017, 1:46 p.m. | By Randima Herath | 7 years ago

Ingredients to avoid in makeup and skincare

When it comes to personal care, there's no better reminder that if you put good in, you get good out. For many, it comes as a no-brainer that if you use harmful products, you won't like the results. But it's important to know that despite this common sense, many still tend to mindlessly purchase products containing harmful ingredients, fooled by glamorous advertisements or clever labels. The truth is that any harmful ingredients can directly enter the bloodstream when the product is applied to skin or hair. It's time to pay attention to the ingredient labels and switch to more natural products that are more effective in the long run.

Sodium lauryl sulfate

This chemical lurks in shampoos, body washes, face washes and toothpaste. Sodium lauryl sulfate has been linked to serious skin irritation, acne around the mouth and chin and even hormonal imbalances. Although this additive is the Environmental Working Group, other health concerns include endocrine disruption and organ toxicity.

Applying skin cream can be dangerous if you don't look at the ingredients.  Photo courtesy of L'Oreal.


These chemicals are often used in cosmetics as preservatives to prevent bacterial growth within the product. The synthetic compound appears in the ingredients of many shampoos, conditioners, lotions, facial cleansers and scrubs. In studies from the past, parabens have been linked to endocrine disruption due to their ability to mimic the hormone estrogen. It's also been
Polyethylene glycols (PEGs)

Ever wondered what those colorful little beads are in a scrub, face wash or exfoliator? As petroleum-based compounds, these beads are supposed to be more gentle on the skin than ingredients found in organic products, such as walnut shells. But depending on how these beads were manufactured, they can be contaminated by ethylene oxide or 1,4-dioxane. According to the
products to avoid and which ones are reviews and websites with trustworthy information regarding the products you use or plan to use and their ingredients.

Don't underestimate the power of natural ingredients. People have been using natural ingredients since the beginning of time for all types of personal care - and for a reason. With going natural, it's better to be safe than sorry.

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