Toxic Cosmetics: Avoid these 10 ingredients that are dangerous for your health
Parabens, silicones… you have probably heard of them. But what about triclosan or DEA? You dry up completely, which is normal unless you are very knowledgeable or have a PhD in chemistry.
Are substances in cosmetics regulated?
We don’t call it reassuring, but don’t panic. Who says marketed, says safe, no? So yes and no. In France, cosmetics are framed and thankfully. What are you going to risk by applying a moisturizer every morning? But we never hear about the famous “cocktail effect” … shampoos, toothpastes, hand soap and so on. That is a different story, using dozens of toxic products for our health 365 days a year is (very) scary and bad.
Classic cosmetics we love it, but not your skin!
66% of cosmetics contain unwanted substances. This is the frightening conclusion of a survey of 60 million consumers. And it’s not over yet.
Do you know the UFC? According to this association, ⅓ of the products are dangerous. Do you want to know more? We will stop there … at the risk of immediately throwing all of our cosmetics in the trash. Wait, because you haven’t seen anything yet.
But why do we use them, the manufacturers want to harm us? No, they have no interest in that. Why don’t they go to the trouble of reformulating their products, tweaking the packaging if these problematic molecules remain authorized? Very complicated and expensive, they will keep doing this, you can imagine. Fortunately, we don’t have a knife to our throat. Let’s trust ourselves, it’s not hard to avoid them.
Come on, let’s find out these 10 ingredients to banish from our bathroom (or our bedroom). At the end of this article, you will be equipped with a toxic anti-cosmetic detector that will glow bright red when you see them!
10 toxins lurking in your toxic cosmetics
How to expose them? It’s simple, as soon as you see “parabens” hidden in an elaborate word, you’ve been warned it could be toxic cosmetics! Propylparaben, Butylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, with a little concentration, they are impossible to miss.
They are used to prevent the proliferation of bacteria and fungi and are suspected of disrupting the endocrine system and causing cancer, especially breast cancer.
But beware… keep a critical eye on the “paraben free” label. A real marketing argument: unscrupulous brands replace them with harmful substances!
BHA and BHT
Again, there’s no need to put everything under Sherlock’s magnifying glass and
throw everything away. You can recognize them as butyl hydroxyanisole (BHA) and butyl hydroxytoluene (BHT). These substances are preservatives in moisturizers and makeup and are powerful endocrine disruptors. And frankly, the risks in the back are cold.
Infertility, the appearance of hormone-dependent cancers (breasts, testicles, ovaries, prostate), obesity and diabetes… it’s a nightmare.
DEA and its derivatives
Diethanolamine or (DEA) produces nitrosamines on contact with nitrites: extremely dangerous chemicals. This is also the case for its derivatives: monoethanolamine or ethanolamine (MEA) and triethanolamine (TEA).
“Products that make foams and textures more pleasant and sensory”, you are not dreaming! These are the reasons why they are used. But we can do without it! Why would you endanger our health for such an unnecessary thing?
Amazing … millions of people use them without knowing it and may be at risk for liver, skin or thyroid cancer. Urgently ban this evil trio from your cosmetics.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate and Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, 3 names to remember or note, nothing too complicated.
Can you see the beautiful creamy lather that forms when you frantically rub your hair? It is obtained thanks to sulfates. But again, beware of appearances.
Strong detergent, it blatantly affects your scalp: dryness, allergic reactions, even shedding … not to mention that annoying dandruff due to the overproduction of sebum and the proportion of pimples and blackheads!
On the health side, this is not reassuring. Current studies show long-term liver damage.
Very difficult to avoid them because they are cheap, use sparingly. And let the product rest if the concentration rate exceeds 0.5%.
Silicones camouflage themselves much better than their comrades, so be careful.
Do you see the suffix -one or -aan? Dimethicone, Hexamethyldisiloxane … bring your legs to your neck.
Shampoos, creams, foundations… In short, they can be found everywhere, both in basic cosmetics from supermarkets and in luxury skin care.
They smooth out the grain and suffocate our skin by preventing it from breathing. Very annoying, they are accused of endocrine disruptors. It is all not beautiful! The silky soft touch, we do without huh.
How do you recognize them? Aluminum Hydrochloride, Aluminum Zirconium, Tetrachlorohydrex GLY.
Highly criticized, they are suspected of playing a role in the development of breast cancer and the development of neurological disorders (Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s).
They cannot be eliminated, they are fairly stuck in our organs and tissues. Usually present in deodorants (sprays or sticks), prefer those with baking soda!
Sounds like Latin, doesn’t it? Mmm very glamorous, but also hides under the names of: Petroleum jelly, soft paraffin and petroleum jelly.
It is used in balms and lipsticks, moisturizers and adds shine to the hair. This contaminated petroleum derivative contains known carcinogens.
Be careful with the toxic cosmetics you buy!
Triclosan is less common than the others and doesn’t hide under other names! Phew, that’s reassuring, so there’s no need to start dissecting these ingredients.
But unfortunately it has been blamed for many ailments: endocrine disruptor in addition to forming carcinogenic residues.
Due to cosmetics that stay on the skin, such as moisturizers, it has recently been banned by the European Commission. Great, isn’t it? How about other products? Triclosan keeps swarming in toothpaste, mouthwash, body soaps, roll-on deodorants, face powders, just that …
Take a good look at the INCI list to locate them. Do you see a small [nano]? Run away from these toxic cosmetics. What is it for? Whitening your toothpaste, making your eyeshadow more pearly, getting your foundation smoother, in short, it doesn’t help much.
They are highly toxic and invade our body and eliminate all our defenses. Real warriors, these nanos… they reach our cells through the blood and it is too late there, impossible to eliminate them.
Effects? Weakened immune system and premature aging of our cells.
Fortunately, since 2013, manufacturers have been required to state their presence on labels. We would almost jump in the air for joy … but numerous tests show that this obligation is not always met.
Remember these three names: Phénoxyéthanol, EGPhE, Phénoxytol. Extremely harmful to the liver and blood, it is accused of being carcinogenic and disrupting our hormonal system, causing infertility.
Watch out for allergies: eczema and urticaria.
Ah yes, parents, check the wipes, the tolerance threshold is very low in children.
Small reminder of toxins in cosmetics that you should avoid
To make it easier for you, here is a brief summary with the different names:
- Propylparaben, Butylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben
- Butylhydroxyanisole (BHA), Butylhydroxytoluene (BHT).
- Diethanolamine (DEA), monoethanolamine or ethanolamine (MEA), triethanolamine (TEA)
- Sodium lauryl sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate and ammonium lauryl sulfate
- Suffix -one or -ane such as dimethicone, hexamethyldisiloxane
- Aluminum hydrochloride , aluminum zirconium, tetrachloro.
- Petroleum jelly, soft paraffin and petroleum jelly.
- Phenoxyethanol, EGPhE, Phenoxytol.
Remember this list when you shop. And as a final tip, UFC analyzes cosmetics for you. But above all count on yourself, you will not find all products.
Make sure the anti-toxic cosmetics detector is always activated when you are shopping for beauty products! So give preference to natural and organic cosmetic products that do not contain substances harmful to your health and the environment. Your body will thank you later!