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April 15, 2018

5 Common Chemicals to Avoid in Skin Care

Parabens

Probably most of us are familiar with this term “paraben-free”. Various line of personal care product found in drugstore claim themselves as paraben-free. Parabens can mimic estrogen in the body and disrupting our hormonal balance. So try to avoid using the product with paraben as it linked to breast cancer, and since they act as a hormone disruptor they can lead to fertility problems.
Common found in: face cleanser, body lotion, body wash

Fragrances

Known as perfume and this term doesn’t sound very scary to the consumer. In fact “fragrance” is considered a trade secret which means that companies don’t have disclose what ingredients are inside. Some fragrance contains various kind of chemical that have been coupled to allergic reactions, breathing difficulties as well as hormone distruption.
Common Found In: moisturizers, hand creams and hair products.

BHA & BHT

Acts as synthetic antioxidants and used to lighten skin, however they are claimed as carcinogenic. The use of this chemical can cause liver damage as well as hormone distruptions,
Common found in : moisturizers, lipstick and other cosmetics
Toxic Skin Care Product

Phthalate

Is a common chemical that have been used in various kinds of products to increase the flexibility of plastics in cosmetic. It is advisable to avoid the use of this chemical as they can lead to serious endocrine disruptors, cause birth defects and linked to increased risk of breast cancer.
Common found in: deodorant, lotion and fragrance

Lead

Lead is classified as heavy metal and is a neurotoxin. It linked to miscarriage, reduced fertility, and delays in the onset of puberty for females. About seven years ago, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics found lead in over half of the 33 brands of lipstick they tested. A more recent study by the FDA tested popular brands and found 400 that contained up to 7.19ppm of lead. If you wear lipstick or lip gloss, think about how many times you reapply it during the day. Some of it will come off when you use a napkin, but plenty of it gets absorbed and ingested.
Most Commonly Found In: lipstick, lip gloss

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