Did you know that a woman, on average, uses at least 12 beauty products a day? That information is according to a report by Dailymail-Health.
These products contain a staggering 168 chemicals that are being absorbed into your skin.
Skin care experts have come together to release a list of these harmful chemicals in the most common products we use on the daily.
These top chemicals are found in deodorant, baby powder, lotion, shampoo, and body washes, which are 60 percent absorbed into the body.
This is the list released below, courtesy of Dailymail.
Fragrance mixtures can be comprised of dozens, even hundreds, of individual chemicals, and those don’t have to be listed on the label.
Cate says avoid all fragrance unless it’s natural, such as from pure essential oils, as it can cause allergic reactions or hormone disruption.
2. Formaldehyde and formaldehyde releasers (quaternium-15, diazolidinyl urea, DMDM hydantoin, bronopol, or imidazolidinyl urea)
Nearly one in five cosmetic products contains a substance that generates formaldehyde, which is linked to causing cancer.
This irritant can be found in nail products, hair dye, hair straighteners, false eyelash adhesives, and some shampoos.
3. Mineral oil and petroleum (also called petrolatum, petroleum jelly, and paraffin oil)
Mineral oil and petroleum are the basic ingredients in many cosmetic products today. Both mineral oil and petroleum have the same origins as fossils fuels.
Foundations, cleansers, and moisturisers often contain mineral oil. By locking moisture against the skin, mineral oil sits on the skin’s surface and can potentially block pores, increasing the risk of acne and blackheads.
A huge health concern with petroleum products is that they can contain an 1,4-dioxane. This impurity, found in 22 per cent of all petroleum-based cosmetics, has been found to cause cancer in animals.
4. Parabens (propyl-, isopropyl-, butyl-, and isobutyl-)
Used as preservatives, these can be found in a host of beauty items, including make-up, deodorants, moisturisers and shampoos.
Parabens have been found to spur the growth of certain types of breast cancer cells. And they appear to be able to do this even in tiny amounts.
They have a chemical structure that’s similar to estrogen, which means they can mimic the effects of that hormone in the body.
Another study found that some men who use products containing parabens have lower sperm counts and less testosterone than men who do not use products.
5. Ethanolamines (diethanolamine [DEA], monoethanolamine [MEA], and triethanolamine [TEA])
Impurities that can appear in these chemicals, called nitrosamines, are known to cause cancers in a variety of animal species.
Nitrosamines are not listed on product labels, so Cate recommends avoiding them all together.
There’s also evidence these are a human skin toxicant. Numerous studies have classified them as respiratory and organ toxicants.
6. Oxybenzone (benzophenone), octinoxate, and homosalate
Found in many sunscreens, lip balms, and other products with SPF, these chemicals may mimic hormones, cause endometriosis and can pose a risk to reproductive systems.
Oxybenzone has been increasingly linked to early puberty in girls, low sperm count and male infertility, and an increase in hormone-related cancers in men and women.
Research also show oxybenzone can build up in fatty tissues and is linked to allergic reactions.
A study in 2008 revealed oxybenzone was found in the urine of 97 per cent of people tested, so we know it’s easily absorbed.
7. Hydroquinone (or tocopheryl acetate) and other skin lighteners
This can cause a skin disease called ochronosis with ‘disfiguring and irreversible’ blue-black lesions on exposed skin, the Food and Drugs Agency (FDA) warns.
In addition, hydroquinone has been linked to an increased risk of skin cancer.
These are found in certain cleansers, moisturisers, and other ‘skin-lightening’ products. Illegally imported skin lighteners can also contain mercury.
8. Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA)
This is a waxy solid that can be found in a variety of cosmetics and personal care products, particularly in lipstick and eye shadow.
BHA has been classified as ‘reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen’ by the US National Toxicology Program based on animal studies. And the European Union (EU) classifies it as an ‘endocrine disruptor’.
At higher doses, it can lower testosterone and the thyroid hormone thyroxin and adversely affect sperm quality and the sex organs of rats.
9. Triclosan and triclocarban
These are used as antimicrobial agents in personal care products, such as soaps.
The substances are an endocrine disruptor, meaning they can disturbs thyroid, testosterone, and estrogen regulation, which can create a host of issues including early puberty, poor sperm quality, infertility, obesity, and cancer.
Children exposed to these compounds at an early age also have an increased chance of developing allergies, asthma and eczema.
These chemicals are so widespread, they were found in the urine of 75 per cent of people tested.
10. Coal tar ingredients (including aminophenol, diaminobenzene, and phenylenediamine)
Coal tar is a byproduct of coal processing and is capable of causing cancer in humans. Derivatives are used in dandruff shampoos.
These ingredients can be found in creams, ointments, soaps, and dandruff shampoos. The EU has banned the use of coal tar in cosmetics – be careful if you buy products when abroad.
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Ingredients to avoid.