CLEAN BEAUTY Ingredients to Avoid

Ingredients to Avoid

Sometimes people think of going “green” as a cute term or cool thing to do. Well it is cool because you really are taking care of your body and as a result it’s going to function a lot better for you now and in the future.  However, there are so many reasons why it’s not only a good idea for you but for your family as well.  I want to inform you on what to put on your skin but first I must inform you what not to put on your skin.  And let me tell you, there’s a list!

Did you know up to 60% of what we put on our skin is absorbed into our bodies…HELLO!

Just say No to these ingredients:

Parabens– (This includes methyl-, propyl- ethyl-,butyl-) Pretty common in most skincare products.  Hormone disruptor also known as endocrine disruptor.  Has been found in breast cancer tumors, may cause male infertility and early puberty.

Propylene Glycol & PEG’s-(This includes -4, -6, -8…etc) Has been found to be contaminated with 1, 4 dioxane, which is cancer causing.  Can cause acne, skin irritant.

Sodium Laureth Sulfate- Drying of the skin, skin irritant and has been linked to eczema.  Endocrine disruptor and has been found to have 1, 4 dioxane, again cancer causing.

Talc- Links to ovarian cancer, also inhaling it can be carcinogenic (cancer causing).

Toluene- Irritating to the skin and respiratory tract, as well as cause liver damage.  Has been linked with fetal loss.

Triclosan-Affects thyroid function, links to cancer, skin sensitivity, and onset of puberty.

Petroleum-Reports they are cancer-causing.

Fragrance-Can cause phototoxic reactions and can be photoallergic.  Skin irritants, and has been known as a neuro-toxin.

Phenoxyethanol-Has been known to cause reproductive and developmental problems. Also is a skin and eye irritant.

FD&C Dyes-Deposit heavy metals into skin.  All animal studies have been shown to cause cancer.  Obvious skin sensitivity and irritation.

DEA, ETA, TEA & MEA-Known Carcinogens.

Coal Tar-Known Carcinogen.

Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate-Known carcinogen, causing reproductive and developmental toxicity.

Aluminum-Neurotoxin and has been found in breast tissue.

Benzene (Variations)-Found to be carcinogenic in people and animals.

Benzyl Peroxide-Known to cause cancer.

Salicylic Acid-Has been linked to birth defects in pregnant women.

Phthalates-Known carcinogen, endocrine disruptor, cause birth defects and weaken fertility.

*This is only a small list but it’s a pretty hefty list.  If you are just starting your journey in going green, this is a great start!

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    February 10, 2016 at 3:43 pm

    Action requires kneldewgo, and now I can act!

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      February 10, 2016 at 4:41 pm

      Love hearing that!

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    Sara Gepp
    June 14, 2016 at 7:03 am

    It is really shocking that this is such a long list of commonly found ingredients. I am familiar with all of these names. I am kind of a manic label reader, I want to know what is in something I am putting on my skin. But, most of the time I did not know what the ingredient was or what it did. Very scary. Thank you for putting this information out there.

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      June 14, 2016 at 7:02 pm

      Definitely! It’s so alarming what’s in everything these days. Thanks for stopping by!

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    June 12, 2017 at 9:34 pm

    I am very curious what your view on carageenan is?

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      July 13, 2017 at 12:59 pm

      I don’t love seeing it. That being said, I avoid it when it’s something I take internally and I’m ok if it’s something I apply topically.

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