Products such as shampoos, body lotions, cosmetics, and even perfumes contain harmful chemicals that can cause health problems, from skin irritation and allergic reactions to cancer and infertility. Despite extensive research on these chemicals, companies continue to use dangerous toxins because they are cheap, and there is usually no law to restrict them. The best way to protect yourself is to increase your knowledge of hazardous substances and safer alternatives. If consumers change their shopping habits and buy safer products, manufacturers will have no choice but to change their standards. Below is a list of harmful and dangerous cosmetics and care products.
“Perfume” is a universal term for “secret raw materials.” The word “perfume” can have different meanings. Many companies hide some ingredients behind the word “perfume” to protect their secret formulas. The law does not require companies to tell consumers what private compounds contain.
The dangers of perfumes lie in unknown or unlisted substances. Many mysterious scents can cause allergies, cancer, or neurotoxicity or adversely affect the reproductive system.
The Safe Cosmetics Campaign examined 17 perfume brands and discovered 14 chemicals that have adverse effects on the human body. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) also notes that aromatic compounds cause 30% of allergic reactions to skincare products.
It is better to use perfume-free products, quality essential oils, and other alternatives to synthetic perfumes. Some cosmetic companies offer fragrance-free products for people with sensitive skin and children.
Synthetic dyes are a dangerous substance in cosmetics
If you read the name of the color on the product label (combination of letters and numbers such as red 40 or yellow 6), do not buy that product. Synthetic dyes are unnecessary and dangerous to health.
Synthetic dyes are usually obtained from coal tar or oil and can cause cancer and skin irritation. These dyes are full of heavy metals that can harm brain function.
Parabens are inexpensive preservatives used in many shampoos, beeswaxes, moisturizers, and beauty products. Parabens are used to increase crop shelf life and prevent the growth of bacteria, molds, fungi, and even parasites.
Parabens mimic the effect of estrogen in the body and upset the hormonal balance. Studies show that these chemicals can enter the bloodstream through the skin, remain in it, and accumulate. Parabens disrupt endocrine function and increase the risk of breast cancer.
There are many alternatives to paraben that are safe but just as effective! The best options are:
Fermented radish root;
Grapefruit kernel extract;
Petroleum and mineral oils (oil derivatives)
Petroleum products or derivatives are added to beauty products to create radiance and moisture. Petroleum products can be contaminated with dozens of toxic chemicals, some of which can cause cancer and nerve damage. Petroleum products penetrate the skin and pose more significant health risks. A 2009 study showed that mineral oils could accelerate tumor growth.
Instead of these materials can be used natural moisturizers such as:
Beware unsuitable alternatives such as paraffin wax, toluene, polyethylene glycol, diethanolamine, ethanolamine, and perfume.
Formaldehyde is a carcinogen that causes allergic reactions and negatively affects the immune system. Many beauty products use formaldehyde to prevent the growth of bacteria. Formaldehyde is used in nail polish and shampoo for face and body to eye shadow. Some hair irons also release formaldehyde gas into the air due to heat.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer has classified formaldehyde as a carcinogen. That’s why the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) advises hairdressers to be properly ventilated and even give their employees a respirator.
They are a group of chemicals used to make liquid products and soften plastics. Phthalates contribute to the durability and flexibility of plastics. These materials are available in various products, including:
Cream and moisturizer.
Sometimes phthalates are a hidden element in perfumes, and you do not notice them.
Phthalates have many health risks, including:
Increase in hormones;
Child developmental disorder;
Avoid products containing perfume to prevent phthalates. Buy from quality beauty brands that do not use these materials.
Preservatives are available in a variety of moisturizers and beauty products. These substances increase the life of products but are carcinogenic and harmful to the environment.
Some foaming agents are dangerous and harmful cosmetics.
Sulfate facial cleansers and shampoos, which foam too much, can be dangerous to health and cause cancer. These substances irritate the skin, lungs, and eyes and harm fish and the environment.
Siloxanes make the skin soft, smooth, and moisturized. They are commonly used in deodorants to create a smooth, silky texture and in hair products to accelerate hair drying.
Siloxanes are toxic and can cause endocrine and reproductive disorders.
Polyethylene glycol (PEG) compounds.
Polyethylene glycol compounds are petroleum products used to absorb cosmetics faster in the skin. These substances are found in creamy products, thickening agents, and moisture carriers.
GPEG compounds are known carcinogens that can cause genetic poisoning. These products can cause irritation or poisoning if used on damaged or inflamed skin.
What ingredients and other cosmetics are dangerous?
Many mascaras contain mercury, which can be absorbed into the skin and cause brain damage.
Lead usually contains synthetic dyes, oils, synthetic fragrances, and carcinogens.
Cream powder made from talc contains arsenic, leading to mesothelioma (a type of cancer). Talc and asbestos are usually found in small amounts in cosmetics. Asbestos is known to be carcinogenic.
Tanners and powder embarrassment can include arsenic talc contamination, which can cause cancer.
1,4-Dioxane is a potential carcinogen according to the Food and Drug Administration. It is sometimes found in beauty products that contain detergents, foams, stabilizers, or solvents.
Lead is sometimes found in small amounts in lipstick and sometimes in some traditional eye lines such as kohl. Lead is a toxic nerve that leads to brain damage and decreased IQ.
The US Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say the negative effects of phthalates, parabens, and many other chemicals are unclear. The industrial group also believes that intermittent chemicals in cosmetics and personal care products are very low and safe.
It is difficult to directly link chemical exposure and health problems that may occur years or decades later. It is almost impossible to examine the relationship between exposure to chemicals early in life and things like fertility problems, Alzheimer’s, or Parkinson’s in the later decades of life.