8 Harmful Ingredients
Found in Beauty Products
By Patti Sunio
Beauty comes with a cost, they say. And while the saying holds true in more ways than one, the road to perfection, most of all, may actually put your overall health at risk. It’s about time we do our research and check what goes into the beauty products that we so lavishly put on our bodies.
Here are 8:
Parabens are a common ingredient found in your makeup, your bath products, shampoos and facial cleansers and even your deodorant. It is used to prevent the growth of mold, yeast, bacteria and all the icky things, on your products. The bad side, however, is that paraben contains chemicals that can be absorbed through your skin, and increase your risk of breast cancer.
If your product contains any artificial coloring, it’ll appear as FD&C or D&C on the label. This means, the coloring is sourced from coal tar or petroleum, which are human carcinogens—a.k.a. skin irritants that have also been linked to causing ADHD in children.
Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) or Sodium laureth sulfate (SLES)
This popular ingredient is usually added to products to achieve that the soapy, foamy effect. Admittedly, the bubbles make us think it’s washing us squeaky clean, when in fact, this ingredient may cause us kidney and respiratory damage.
“Fragrance” is another word for the manufacturing company’s secret formula. Sounds cool, but the danger is that these fragrance mixes can actually cause a multitude of disorders such as skin allergies, dermatitis, and respiratory and reproductive diseases. Other than scents, fragrances are added to a range of beauty and bath products.