We all know what effects you want to see once you use a product quickly after you make your choice. The beauty industry continues to grow and recent studies and technologies are taking it to a high rank. There’s a harsh competition between the largest brands of the world that compete at finding new beauty products with “wonder” ingredients, which should help us forget all about age, acne, wrinkles, spots, and so on.
They will always put the good ingredients, the ones that provide the desired effects, in the spotlights, but do you really know what can be found in the product you just chose?
Do you know what the ingredients that should not ever be found in your beauty products are? If you don’t have sufficient information or haven’t looked for them just yet, I am here to help.
To share a little story with you, I want to mention the fact that I traveled to Hungary/Austria a couple of weeks ago. In these locations, the most popular brands have impressive stores and, of course, impressive marketing techniques. Behind all these things, which are, of course, important in their own turn, are products that contain ingredients that are effective and good for our body, but also ingredients that we should definitely avoid.
I spent approximately 40 minutes inside such a store, trying to pick several beauty products, but I managed to leave that store with only one single product in my hands. All those recipients so beautifully packed, colorful and so well-prepared by intense marketing and design studies did not buy me because of one point of view.
The product I wanted to buy contained either Sodium Laureth Sulfate, or Formaldehyde, or other kinds of ingredients that are harmful to our skin, hair, and entire organism.
So, let us start with the first ingredient on our TO BE AVOIDED list:
This is the first and most toxic ingredient, from my point of view.
- It has a potential carcinogenic effect;
- Can lead to the apparition of leukemia;
- Can trigger pancreatic problems;
- Can be responsible for skin cancer;
- And can cause skin irritations.
Because of these risks, some brands will choose not to mention this ingredient on the label of their products under this name, trying to hide its presence under one of the following names:
- DMDM Hydratoin
- Imidazolidinyl Urea
- Diazolidinyl Urea
- Quaternium – 15
All of these names mean only one thing and that is the fact that the product contains Formaldehyde. They are all equally toxic, so if the product you are looking to buy contains any of these ingredients, DO NOT BUY IT!
- TETRASODIUM EDTA
Tetrasodium EDTA is a chelating agent, which forms stable cyclical structures called chelation cycles.
The ingredient binds to various minerals, making them inactive.
Why is it added to cosmetic products? Because it keeps the products from getting spoiled and stops the development of microorganisms.
You can find it in – moisturizing creams, cleaning products, soaps, conditioners, or shampoos.
It can have a carcinogenic effect and if formaldehyde occupies the first place on the list of harmful ingredients, then Tetrasodium EDTA certainly deserves the second place.
You can find it in nail care products, hair dye, or in detergents.
In some brands, you can find similar ingredients that can have the same effects, such as:
- Phenyl methane
These ingredients can trigger unwanted side-effects like:
- Breathing difficulties;
Extra caution should be taken by those of you who work in beauty salons, as being around such substances on a daily basis can have severe consequences for the brain, liver, bones, or kidneys (according to some studies).
Benzene, for example, can be found even in certain soda available on the market, so, be extremely careful what you choose to consume.
- Sodium Laureth Sulfate / Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
It is a foaming agent that can be found in almost 90% of beauty products, such as shower gels, shampoos, conditioners, face cleansing gels, and hand soaps.
During the ethoxylation process, 1,4 Dioxin is formed, which can have a carcinogenic effect, can lead to eye irritations, of the throat, or skin.
- PLASTIC, as a wrapping solution
Plastic containers contain a substance called Bisphenol A (BPA), which can pass into the composition of the bottled product once it remains for a long time in this type of recipient.
Make sure that the BPA content of your recipients is low and that the product inside did not have a long exposure to the recipient. If you can’t obtain this kind of information, put the product in a glass recipient, for increased safety.
- Chemical PERFUMES
The majority of the products found on the market contain chemical perfumes, which can lead to dermatitis, allergies, and respiratory problems.
These can be found in:
- Shower gels;
- Moisturizing creams;
- Shampoos, etc.
Long-term use of products containing aluminium can lead to the apparition of Alzheimer’s, breast cancer, and skin irritations.
Try to use natural products that can decrease your perspiration level, products that can contain essential oils like – Sage essential oil, Cedar essential oil.
It is the least harmful and this is connected with the percentage of this compound found in a product. Generally, it is used in the natural products industry and if its percentage is lower than 1%, advanced studies say that this ingredient has no toxic effects on our skin.
But, above this percentage, it can trigger skin irritations.
Starting with Japan, which is the first country that introduced a law stating that the percentage of phenoxyethanol to be lower than 1% in cosmetic products, the UE followed the same example. Thus, if the products are certified in the UE, then they will not represent a problem.
The United States of America, on the other hand, has no regulations concerning this percentage, so pay more attention to the products that come from there.