10 Toxic Beauty Ingredients to Avoid

Did you know that your skin is a “breathable” organ? Up to 60% of what you apply topically on your skin will be absorbed into your bloodstream within 26 seconds.cosmetic woman-reading-label-for-parabens

Your skin has been absorbing the contents of the commercial products you have been using for years, some of which can be harmful to your overall health. Knowing that, your first instinct would be to find a healthier alternative right away. Heightened awareness and potential dangers have caused consumers to take a closer look at what they put on their skin and demand safer alternatives.

Some of the toxic contents of over the counter products are linked to a host of problems including:  allergies, skin rashes, cancer, headaches, fertility and reproductive issues, birth defects, hormone inhibitors, and more.

Here is a list of ingredients that should be avoided:

  1. Parabens – often found in deodorants and moisturizers, parabens are hormone inhibitors and believed to accelerate tumor growth.

  2. Artificial fragrance and color – may trigger allergies, asthma, and some colors contain lead and harmful dyes.

  3. Toulene – found in nail polish, hair color products, and some fragrances, this chemical is linked to kidney and liver damage, which may affect fetal growth.

  4. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate/Sodium Laureth Sulfate – a foaming agent found in shampoos and body/facial washes, it dries out the skin and is linked to eczema, hair loss, rashes, and dry and scaly skin.

  5. Formaldehyde – used as a preservative, formaldehyde is known by several different names and should be avoided at all costs, as the side effects are numerous.

  6. PEG’s – found in numerous skin and personal care products, this is anti-freeze and should be used for your car, not your skin!

  7. Paraffin/ Petrolatum – clogs pores, causing toxic build-up.

  8. Phthalates – found in plastics, it is a known hormone disruptor.

  9. Triclosan – used in anti-bacterial products, it is a pesticide, harmful to the environment, and a suspected carcinogenic.

  10. Most sunscreens –Google some of those ingredients and you will see that they cause possible damage to DNA and many are known carcinogens.

Of course, there are more, but you get the point. If you wouldn’t EAT it, it doesn’t belong on your SKIN.

You can look up what’s in your skin care by visiting one of my favorite sites: http://www.ewg.org/consumer-guides

What to use instead?avocado-mask

Just because you remove these harmful products and ingredients doesn’t mean that you stop taking care of yourself. Indulge in these superfoods, super natural treatments instead of products laden with chemicals.

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Brown Sugar Lemony Body Scrub

Lemon is a natural disinfectant that will open and cleanse those clogged pores.

  • 1 cup brown sugar

  • 1/2 cup sea salt

  • 2 tbsp olive oil

  • 1 tbsp of honey

  • 2 tbsp of freshly squeezed lemon juice

Mix all ingredients in a bowl until it turns into a malleable paste. Apply to moist skin in circular motion using fingertips to aid in exfoliation. Rinse with warm water.

Oatmeal and Brown Sugar Body Scrub

  • 3/4 cup brown sugar

  • 1/2 cup ground oatmeal

  • 1 cup olive oil

Mix all ingredients into a malleable paste. Use as body scrub on hands, feet, face especially. Can be used on entire body, as well. If paste is not wet enough, add more olive oil until desired texture. This works wonders!! I get so many raves over this one.

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