Cosmetic Ingredients To Avoid | BlackDoctor

    Toxic Beauty: What Cosmetic Companies Won’t Tell You

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    What you put on your body is just as important as what you put in it. Your skin is the largest organ in your body, and it absorbs everything –  including toxins. If you are concerned about not eating unhealthy foods, then you’ll definitely want to know which ingredients you should watch out for in the products you use.

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    Once absorbed into our bodies and blood streams, toxic chemical ingredients can cause and/or contribute to a wide array of problems:

    ▪        Cancer
    ▪        Developmental/reproductive toxicity
    ▪        Allergies
    ▪        Immunotoxicity
    ▪        Neurotoxicity
    ▪        Endocrine (hormonal) disruption
    ▪        Organ system toxicity
    ▪        Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)
    ▪        Enhanced skin absorption (some chemicals actually cause our skin to absorb even more chemicals!)
    ▪        Biochemical or cellular level changes

    What You Need To Avoid

    Before buying beauty products, check the ingredients list. These ingredients can be found in make-up, lotions, shampoos, conditioners, perfumes, baby care products, sunscreens, toothpastes, nail products, and deodorants. If you’re looking for a good brand that doesn’t contain these potentially harmful ingredients, check out organic options, or make your own cosmetics.

    Makeup/Cosmetics:

    Silica/Crystalline (or Quart or Rose Quartz), Propylparaben (or Butylparaben or Methylparaben or any paraben), Aluminum Power, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Fragrance, PEG-4 Diheptanoate, BHA, D&C Red 30 Lake (this is one example of an artificial color– most come up highly toxic), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A Palmitate), Alumina, Octinoxate, Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide, Benzyl Alcohol, BHT, Polyethylene Glycol, Manganese, Barium Sulfate, Oxybenzone, DMDM Hydantoin, Triclosan, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Steareth-21,  Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone.

    Shampoo/Conditioner:

    BHA, Fragrance, Butylparaben (and again, all of the parabens), Octinoxate, Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A Palmitate), Methylchloroisothiazolinone, DMDM Hydantoin, Coumarin, Geraniol, Limonene, Triethanolamine, Sodium Laureth Sulfate (almost anything with Laureth or Laurate in it), Cocoamide DEA, BHA, Resorcinol, P-Phenylenediamine, P-Aminophenol, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, PEG-80 Sorbitan Laurate, Salicylic Acid, Ceteareth-12, Benzyl Alcohol, PEG-10 Sorbitan Laurate.

    *Note– Don’t be taken in by “natural” products without still reading the ingredients. A lot of supposedly natural brands still have these toxic ingredients!

    Deodorant:

    Fragrance, Ceteareth-12, Ceteareth-20, Triclosan, Coumarin, Lilial, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Limonene, Propylene Glycol, Isobutane, Benzyl Alcohol, Zinc Oxide (sunscreen grade), Eugenol, Benzyl Salicylate, Butane, Aluminum Chlorohydrate, 4-Methylbenzylidene Camphor.

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