31 Dangerous Ingredients in Cosmetics

31 Dangerous Ingredients in Cosmetics

I want to bring to your attention names that should not be seen on your beauty products❌

◾️ 1-2 Hexanediol - synthetic; toxic; allowed in a concentration of up to 2.0%.

◾️ Ammonium Laureth Sulfate - ammonium salt of sulfated ethoxylated lauryl alcohol; may cause moderate to severe skin and eye irritation; may also be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane (probable carcinogen; when combined with other chemicals, ALES can produce nitrosamines, a potent class of carcinogens; especially harmful to children because it can interfere with eye development (dissolves proteins); in animal studies caused eye damage, depression, difficulty breathing, diarrhea and severe skin irritation.

◾️ Avobenzone - synthetic; degrades in the sun within 30 min; irritates the skin, promotes the liver; becomes toxic in contact with chlorine (can cause kidney and liver dysfunction and nervous system disorders).

◾️ BHA - synthetic; allergen; carcinogenic.

◾️ BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene) - synthetic; used as a preservative in food and medicine; prohibited as a food ingredient in Europe, Australia, Canada, New Zealand (allowed in the USA); is considered 'safe', although several studies have found that it caused lung and liver cancer in rats, as well as having a negative effect on the endocrine system.

◾️ Butane Propane❗️- synthetic; propellant used in hair sprays, deodorants, etc.; strong allergen, irritates eyes, skin and mucous membranes, toxic; The European Commission classified butane and isobutane as Category 1 for carcinogenicity (substance known to be carcinogenic to man) and Category 2 for genotoxicity (substance which should be regarded as if it is mutagenic to man).

◾️ Butylphenyl Methylpropional‼️ - can be synthetic or natural; scent similar to lily; dermal and respiratory irritant, can also be harmful to developing foetuses exposed through their mother's use of products containing the chemical; banned in EU 20.08.2020. (no products on shelfs from 01.03.2022.).

◾️ Carbomer - synthetic; petroleum product; toxic by-products are released during production; can irritate the skin and cause allergies; does not decompose in the environment.

◾️ Chlorphenesin - synthetic preservative; antibacterial, anti-fungal properties; can cause dermatitis, eczema, in those with sensitive, dry skin, high irritancy rate for those allergic to preservatives; CIR approves as safe.

◾️ CI 15985 (Yellow 6 / E 110) - synthetic; petroleum-derived orange food colouring; side effects: urticaria, rhinitis (runny nose), stuffy nose, allergies, hyperactivity, kidney tumours, chromosomal damage, abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting, indigestion, aversion to food; increased incidence of tumours in animals; around 2000 as a food additive is prohibited or restricted in Norway, Finland and Sweden; In 2008, the UK called on food manufacturers to voluntarily stop using it; The EU regulation requires manufacturers to have the words "may adversely affect the activity and attention of children" on the labels of products containing it.

◾️ CI 17200 (Red 33) - sintētisks; sarkana krāsa; ražots no naftas vai akmeņogļu darvas avotiem; nevar izmantot kosmētikā tuvu acīm; lūpu krāsās var izmantot tikai 3% vai zemākā koncentrācijā.

◾️ Cyclopentasiloxane (D5)❗️ - synthetic; silicone derivative; used in anti-wrinkle products, hair products, deodorants, etc; in 2010 the SCCS concluded that it does not pose a risk to human health when used in cosmetics products; there is a concern that this ingredient can disrupt hormones in your body, research shows that it doesn't get absorbed into the skin in high enough doses to cause harm.

◾️ Dimethylaminoethanol (DMAE) - synthetic or of animal origin; a compound produced by the brain; used to improve brain function in people with Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder; can be used as a tablet, powder or applied to the skin as a gel; antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-aging agent; moisturizes the skin, provides a buffer effect; may cause skin irritation (redness and swelling).

◾️ Dimethiconol - synthetic; silicone polymer; used in hair products to add shine, facilitate combing, improve the appearance of hair, antifoam component, also used in anti-aging products as a wrinkle filler; creates a film on hair and skin that is indelible with water, clogs pores, comedogenic, does not decompose in nature.

◾️ Disodium EDTA - synthetic; increases the absorption capacity of the skin; breaks down the top layer of skin so other chemicals can penetrate better.

◾️ Isobutane❗️- propellant in aerosols; causes allergies and skin irritation, may contain butadiene (carcinogen) as impurities; vapors can irritate and burn the skin and eyes, contact with the liquid can cause frostbite, inhalation - irritate the nose and throat; The European Commission classified butane and isobutane in category 1 for carcinogenicity (substance is known to be carcinogenic to humans) and category 2 for genotoxicity (substance to be considered a human mutagen).

◾️ Methylchloroisothiazolinone - synthetic; high concentrations can cause chemical burns, skin and membrane irritation; organ toxicity, exposure can lead to swelling of the lungs and intestines.

◾️ Methylisothiazolinone (MIT) - linked to lung toxicity, allergic reactions and possible neurotoxicity; Europe recommends MIT be discontinued from use in leave-on skin products.

◾️ Methyparaben - synthetic; can cause damage to skin cells caused by UV rays and disturbances in cell proliferation (cell growth rate); daily use can increase the concentration of methylparaben in the body (it is not completely metabolized).

◾️ Octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane (D4)‼️ - synthetic; prohibited; reprotoxic.

◾️ Oxybenzone - four studies published in 2020 confirm that oxybenzone may act as an endocrine disruptor and may increase the risk of breast cancer and endometriosis (Kariagina 2020, Peinado 2020, Rooney 2020, Santamaria 2020). In addition, the National Toxicology Program found unequivocal evidence of carcinogenicity in rats after observing increases in thyroid tumors and uterine hyperplasia in females with high exposure to oxybenzone (NTP 2020). Recently, the European Commission found that current human exposure levels to oxybenzone are unsafe and proposed a concentration limit of up to 2.2 percent (SCCS 2020), which is below the limit allowed in US sunscreens of up to 6 percent. Several countries ban the sale of sunscreens containing this ingredient because it can harm aquatic organisms.

◾️ Paraffinum Liquidum / Mineral Oil - blakusprodukts no jēlnaftas rafinēšanas procesa, ražojot benzīnu vai citus naftas produktus; neapstrādāta minerāleļļa ir kancerogēna (jo vairāk un labāk apstrādāta, jo mazāk kancerogēna tā kļūst).

◾️ Parfum / Fragrance - represents a complex mixture of aprox. 3000 chemicals;  often comprised of toxic ingredients including hormone disruptors; protected by industry trade laws (do not need to be disclosed); may cause allergic reactions: irritation, redness, burning, itching, swelling, dermatitis, hives.

◾️ Phenoxyethanol - naturally occurring in green tea and chicory; for commercial purposes synthetically re-created in a laboratory (nature identical chemical); preservative, substitute for parabens; harmful if swallowed, inhaled or absorbed through the skin, can cause reproductive damage; allowed in concentration up to 1.0%.

◾️ Propane❗️- synthetic; propellant used in hair sprays, deodorants, etc.; asphyxiating gas - will displace the oxygen in lungs, making it difficult or impossible to breathe if exposed to high concentrations.

◾️ Propylparaben - synthetic; toxic; causes allergies; not recommended during pregnancy; classified as an endocrine disruptor.

◾️ Polysorbate 20 - sorbitol (sugar alcohol that can be derived from either a vegetable or a fruit source) treated with 20 moles of Ethylene Oxide (long-term exposure in humans can cause irritation of the eyes, skin, nose, throat, lungs, damage brain and nervous system, banned in 6 countries for pesticide use) resulting in Sorbitan Monolaurate (Polysorbate / Polysorbate 20 / Solubilizer); carcinogenic if treated with 1.4-dioxane; derived with a lot of chemicals so all ‘natural' is lost.

◾️ Tetrasodium EDTA - synthetic; formaldehyde (carcinogen) is used in the production process; may contain dangerously high levels of dioxin (a carcinogen); allergen.

◾️ Triethanolamine - synthetic; strong allergen; toxic to the skin, respiratory tract and immune system; potential carcinogen.

◾️ Triethoxycaprylylsilane - synthetic; toxic; carcinogen; can damage the immune system, kill cells and cause silicosis; increases the permeability of the skin, bringing other toxic ingredients into the skin.

◾️ Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) - derived from SLS through a process called ethoxylation; SLS can be derived from natural sources (coconut and palm kernel oil) or manufactured in a laboratory; SLES considered milder and less irritating than SLS; SLS and SLES can irritate eyes, skin, lungs (especially long-term use), SLES may be contaminated in manufacturing process with 1,4-dioxane (cancerogenic).

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