Caution: Avoid These Ingredients in Your Beauty Products
5 Ingredients Lurking in Beauty Products That Should Be Avoided
When you pick out makeup or skincare products, do you read the labels. Are you aware of what not-so-beautiful ingredients might be part of your favorite beauty brand. If you’re smart, you’ll read the labels — and avoid products that include parabens, synthetic fragrances, sulfates — and a couple of other no-nos.
EnvyDerm High Performance Cosmetics, which use all-natural products for eyes and lips, offers a list of 5 ingredients you want to avoid in products for the eyes and lips.
1) Parabens– In cosmetics, parabens are specifically used to prevent the growth of microbes, but they can be absorbed through the skin, mimic estrogen and could play a role in the development of breast cancer.
2) Synthetic Fragrances– Studies have shown that fragrances are one of the top five most common allergens and frequently cause asthma attacks. Shockingly, companies do not have to tell you what ingredients are in their scents because fragrances are a trade secret.
3) Sulfates– Sulfates are compounds of sulfuric acid that work to irritate as well as dry out the skin. This is problematic because you should want to moisturize your skin, not dry it out.
4) Phthalates– Without knowing it you might be wearing an ingredient commonly used to make plastic more flexible. Studies have shown that Phthalates are reproductively and developmentally harmful and have contributed to an array of birth defects.
5) Triclosan– Triclosan is an anti-microbacterial disinfectant that kills harmful microorganisms and is used to lengthen shelf life. Triclosan can pass through the skin and interfere with certain hormone functions like endocrine and can be irritating to the skin and eyes