When it comes to purchasing skincare, it’s all too easy to ignore the (often long) lists of ingredients on our favourite products. Unfortunately, however, many beauty items are packed with chemicals that scientists and health professionals are worried could have detrimental effects on the body. Ultimately, consumers should remember that purchasing natural skincare products is much safer than chemical-laden alternatives. Below, we’ve listed a few nasty chemicals that you can avoid by going natural:
You’ve probably heard about parabens as they have become a contentious topic in the beauty industry. They are usually listed as benzyl, butyl, ethyl, isobutyl, propyl, or something that sounds similar. As well as potentially causing allergic reactions, parabens are known for mimicking oestrogen, something which could end up disrupting the endocrine system.
Phthalates are used to help products retain their scent and have been linked to reproductive problems and even breast cancer. These issues can arise because, like parabens, phthalates have the ability to mimic oestrogen.
3. Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and sodium laureth sulfate (SLES)
SLS and SLES are widely-used chemicals that can irritate the eyes, lungs and skin. If you find that your skin is particularly sensitive, this is one to avoid at all costs.
Triclosan is an antimicrobial chemical used to keep skincare products clean. Unfortunately, however, it has the potential to disturb hormone function and can seriously irritate the skin.
Yes, you read that right. A number of cosmetics brands use formaldehyde in their products to stop bacteria from growing. Whilst formaldehyde is useful for this purpose, it can seriously damage the immune system as well as causing adverse skin reactions.
Derived from petroleum or coal tar, toluene has the potential to cause a range of health issues including immune system damage, problems with the nervous and reproductive system, and respiratory issues. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to identify on ingredient lists as it is often disguised as benzene, methylbenzene, phenylmethane, or toluol.
Remember that the easiest way to avoid putting dangerous chemicals on your skin is to opt for natural products.