5 Ingredients to Avoid Now!

August 7th, 2015 | Self Improvement, Skin care

Cosmetic companies have been using crazy chemicals in their products for decades. Many of us trust the regulation of these products blindly, but in high concentrations, over several years, the ingredients used in some of these products may be causing our bodies serious harm. Check out this list to learn how to avoid the toxic additives that may lead to lasting health problems.


  • Impacts muscle function
  • Disrupts hormone levels
  • Effects thyroid
  • Bad for the environment when it enters water through our waste water


  • According to a study conducted by Colby College, using products containing parabens may lead to an increased chance of breast cancer.
  • May be linked to the early onset of puberty
  • Has been shown to decrease sperm levels in men

Propylene Glycol

  • Propylene Glycol is the active ingredient in antifreeze.
  • Breaks down the cell structure of the skin and protein- that can’t be good right?
  • Has been linked to cause abnormalities in the brain, liver, and kidneys

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) & Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES)

  • According to the American College of Toxicology, SLS and SLES may lead to malformation in developing eyes.
  • Residual levels of the SLS and SLES can linger in the heart, liver, lungs, and brain for several days.
  • Animals that have been exposed to SLS and SLES showed the chemical to have an impact on their mental health, breathing, and digestive system.


  • In some countries Hydroquinone is illegal.
  • Found in skin products that are meant to target dark spots and acne scars
  • Reduces skin’s melanin, which makes skin more susceptible to sun damage
  • Make induce ochronosis, which is a permanent condition that makes the affected skin considerably darker and thicker.

Try going back to basics. Be an empowered consumer, read product labels, and look for natural based products. If the ingredient list is too long, chances are there is something in it that will aggravate your skin or be detrimental to your system in the long-run.

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