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Cosmetic Chemicals and Ingredients To Avoid – The Use of Chemicals in Skincare Products

cosmetic chemicals to avoidWe come across so many studies and reports regarding the use of chemicals in the cosmetic industry… and its not pretty. Research shows us that one in eight of the approximately 80,000 ingredients used in personal care and cosmetic products are industrial chemicals. These cosmetic chemicals include a long list of carcinogens, pesticides, reproductive toxins, hormone disruptors, plasticizers (chemicals that keep concrete soft), degreasers (used to get grime off auto parts), and surfactants (they reduce surface tension in water, like in paint and inks).

None of these ingredients should ever come in contact with your skin. These cosmetic chemicals also damage our local environments when they go down our drains. In a much larger scale, they damage the global environment with their production and widespread use.

A recent survey of Canadians (initiated by the David Suzuki Foundation) show that at least one of these “Dirty Dozen” ingredients can be found in 80% of the skincare products entered. It’s time to take a stand and get these products out of our lives. If we continue to buy them, companies will continue to produce them.

The Dirty Dozen – Cosmetic Chemicals Short List

You should avoid these harmful cosmetic chemicals at all costs. Give your skincare, soaps and cosmetics a quick audit and be on the lookout for these chemical names:

  • BHA and BHT
  • Coal tar dyes: p-phenylenediamine and colours listed as “CI” followed by a five digit number
  • DEA-related ingredients
  • Dibutyl phthalate
  • Formaldehyde-releasing preservatives
  • Parabens
  • Parfum (a.k.a. fragrance)
  • PEG compounds
  • Petrolatum
  • Siloxanes
  • Sodium laureth sulfate
  • Triclosan