Top 10 Toxins to Avoid In Skincare

The ingredients on this list are common in cosmetics and skin care. Here is our list of the top ten toxins to avoid in your skin care products. They are cosmetic ingredients that are known to be or suspected to cause irritation or other health problems. Remember to read your labels and know what you are putting on your skin! Top 10 Toxins to Avoid in Skincare

1. Parabens Methyl parabens, Propyl parabens, Butyl parabens, Iso parabens, and Ethyl parabens.
The parabens are used in cosmetics as a preservative. They inhibit microbe growth. Some scientific research has linked them to breast cancer. The biggest issue most people have with them is that they can cause skin irritation and allergic reactions.

2. Sulfates aka SLES, SLS, ALS, Sodium Lauryl Sulphate, Sodium Laureth Sulphate
These nasty little guys make soap foam and cause all sorts of skin irritations. Sulfates can wreak havoc on our Central Nervous System.

3. Mineral Oil
Mineral Oil is a petroleum bi-product. It is used in cosmetics and skin care because it is very, very inexpensive. It acts like plastic on top of the skin to hold moisture in. What it does is clog pores which can cause acne. Mineral Oil does not allow the body to eliminate toxins.

4. 1, 4 Dioxane
1, 4 Dioxane is a solvent used in cosmetics and shampoos. It can cause liver and kidney damage. 1, 4 Dioxane has been shown to cause cancer in rats.

5. PVP Acrylates Carbomer
Petroleum chemical that is used in cosmetics and hairspray. It penetrates the lungs which can cause infections.

6. Formaldehyde Donors
Formaldehyde is cancer causing; it is a known carcinogen. Besides irritating the skin, it can cause headaches and fatigue. Many cosmetics may contain ingredients that also contain formaldehyde in them such as Urea.

7. Phthalate
These are used in plastics. Plastics such as plastic wrap and plastic food containers may contain phthalates. Phthalates are absorbed in the body and disrupt normal hormone activity. They can also be found in hairspray and nail polish.

8. Synthetic Dyes & Colors
Colors that make your cosmetics beautiful (yes Fd & C colors) are made from coal tar. Coal tar contains heavy metal salts that over time leave toxins in our skin which may lead to irritation.

9. Synthetic Fragrances
Fragrances can be filled with thousands of separate ingredients, many of which may be toxic. Most companies will not tell you the ingredients that are used in fragrance. They can lead to headaches and skin irritation. They can also lead to hyperactivity in children. To be safe, use essential oils or choose a product with no scent at all.

10. BHT or Butylated hydroxytoluene
Used in many packages, such as cereal as a food preservative. BHT is also used in cosmetics and has carcinogenic properties, but because it is only in small amounts (.01% to .1%), it is said not to pose a cancer risk.

It’s easy to assume that all of the store shelves packed with skin cleansers, toners, scrubs, and lotions are a haven for those seeking bright, healthy skin and youthful beauty. Unfortunately, many of these products contain ingredients that can irritate the skin by causing allergic reactions like rashes and redness. Some ingredients can even trigger respiratory problems, which can be a serious health problem for susceptible individuals.

Back to Basics

With all of the chemicals and toxins in many of today’s beauty products, it’s no wonder people are turning to nature more and more often to find the best organic skin care options available. Here at Skin Perfection, our focus is on natural skin care that not only boosts skin health and enhances beauty but does it without irritating, artificial ingredients.

Common Culprits

With ingredient lists a mile long, many of them difficult to even pronounce, which are the worst offenders, and what symptoms can they cause? Here are several of the components most frequently found in skincare products, along with the potential problems they present.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS): This foaming agent is found in a wide range of beauty products, including soaps, shampoos, even toothpaste. SLS may cause eye irritation, rashes, and – ironically – actually dry skin and hair out. According to the Environmental Working Group, an organization that monitors and certifies skincare products according to strict ingredient standards, there is also a risk of respiratory reaction with sodium lauryl sulfate use.

Parabens: These preservatives have garnered much attention of late, most of it negative. They allow everything from food to cosmetics and anti-aging creams to have a long shelf life, but over the past decade, concerns have surfaced regarding their safety. It’s thought that they have a hormonal impact on the body, and in fact, Cornell University has done research demonstrating that parabens are present in many breast tumors, indicating an increased risk of breast cancer with prolonged exposure. The best organic skin care products boast paraben-free formulations.

Fragrances: Synthetic fragrances such as those added to soaps, moisturizers, body washes, and many more beauty products, cause a significant problem for those with allergies. They can cause respiratory issues, headaches, and rashes. There’s no need for these additives, and a natural skin care routine can eliminate the risks associated with them.

Oxybenzone: This ingredient may fly under the radar more than the higher profile chemicals, but it’s no less toxic. Oxybenzone is used in some sunscreens to protect skin from UV rays. It can trigger allergic skin reactions resulting in irritation, and may even affect the endocrine system. A better option is to go with a simple yet effective formula like our SPF 30, which contains just the necessities, like zinc oxide, plus nourishing ingredients such as aloe vera juice and jojoba oil. Quality natural and organic skincare products protect delicate skin without unnecessary chemicals that may have lasting health effects.

Multi-Faceted Concerns

Chemical-filled beauty and anti-aging products have widespread effects that go beyond personal health. There are also environmental concerns at play – many of these substances fail to break down, resulting in tainted soil, water, and air. The best organic skin care products contain only ingredients that cause minimal or no harm to ecosystems.

“Natural” has become a trendy buzzword splashed across packaging in every product category that exists, even toilet paper. When it comes to natural skin care, it’s important to read the ingredient list to make sure that claims made on the package are valid. Skin Perfection reveals everything that goes into our products to ensure that our customers know they’re getting the best organic skin care available.


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