Ingredients to Avoid on your Skincare Routine

Ingredients found in face washes, sunscreens and more have been linked to everything from hormonal disruptions to cancer, and what’s worse is that they go directly into your bloodstream when applied to the skin, since the skin is our largest organ and absorbs everything pretty quickly.

We made a list with 5 ingredients you should avoid when buying skincare products:

1. Parabens

Parabens are actually a whole family of chemicals (methylparabens, propylparabens, butylparabens, and ethylparabens) that helps to preserve shelf-life of skincare products. It’s pretty easy to find it in nearly every product from face wash, night cream, makeup, masks, body wash and shampoo. Parabens can mimic estrogen in the body disrupting our delicate hormonal balance. They’ve been linked to breast cancer, and since they act as a hormone disruptor they can lead to reproductive and fertility issues.

 Most Commonly Found In: face cleanser, body wash, body lotion, foundation, shampoo

2. Phthalates

Phthalates group of chemicals used to soften and increase the flexibility of plastics in cosmetics. This helps products stick to our skin.

Phthalates can be extremely dangerous to children, but it’s best to avoid them all together as they can be serious endocrine disruptors and even cause birth defects. Congress has actually banned several types of phthalates already from children’s products.

 Most Commonly Found In: deodorant, lotion, fragrance & hair spray

3. Fragrance

This one doesn’t sound so scary, but “fragrance” is considered a trade secret which means that companies don’t have disclose what ingredients are inside. Often, the ingredients include tons of chemicals that can cause allergies, hormone disruption and lead to bigger health problems reproductive issues and infertility.

 Most Commonly Found In: moisturizers, hand creams and hair products

4. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and/or Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES)

SLS and SLES are known to cause skin irritation and trigger different allergies.

Most Commonly Found In: shampoo, body wash, bubble bath

5. BHT

These are synthetic antioxidants that are used to extend shelf life and are likely carcinogens and hormone disruptors that may cause liver damage. Our liver is our bodies’ main form of detoxification and if that’s not functioning at its best, it’s likely that other organs are functioning at their best either.

Most Commonly Found In: lipsticks, moisturizers, diaper creams, and other cosmetics

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