5 Common Personal Care Ingredients to Avoid

It has become quite difficult to buy personal care products. With more and more dangerous ingredients being used, everyone should be checking labels to ensure products do not contain any harmful ingredients. A quick way to start this is checking for these 5 common personal care ingredients to avoid.

1. Parabens

This ingredients should be labeled as “100% avoid” as it contains estrogen-mimicking properties known to increase the risk of breast cancer. These chemicals are easily absorbed through the skin and have been identified in biopsy samples from breast tumors. Parabens can be found in cosmetic products such as makeup and facial cleansers but also in deodorants, shampoos and conditioners.

2. Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS)

Known to be skin, lung, and eye irritants, sodium lauryl sulfate can cause kidney and respiratory damage. SLS is often found in shampoos, conditioners, body wash products, mascara, and acne-treatment products.

3. Aluminum

Found in cosmetics, antiperspirants, lipsticks, lip-gloss, and toothpaste, aluminum is linked to Alzheimer’s and other neuro-degenerative diseases as well as lung cancer, and skin irritation.

4. Phthalates

A common ingredient in cosmetics and other personal care products such as deodorants, moisturizers, nail polish, perfumes, lotions, and hair spray, phthalates are known to be endocrine disruptors and have been linked to increased risk of breast cancer, as well as reproductive birth defects in males and females.

5. Tricolsan

Tricolson is a widely used antimicrobial chemical known as an endocrine disruptor, especially thyroid and reproductive hormones, and a skin irritant. Tricolson can be found in toothpastes, antibacterial soaps and deodorants.

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