Reading food labels has become popular, but are you reading your skin care labels? Here are 10 harmful chemicals to avoid:

  1. Parabens- chemical preservative found in a lot of personal care products such as shampoos, moisturizers, and foundations. Excessive exposure may lead to breast cancer.
  2. Sulfates- sodium laurel sulfate and sodium laureth sulfate are the two most often used in products. Possible carcinogen.
  3. Phthalates- endocrine disruptors linked to breast cancer and birth defects.
  4. Formaldehyde- classified as a human carcinogen.
  5. Propylene Glycol- can cause skin rashes, and has been shown to cause kidney and liver damage.
  6. Aluminum- common ingredient in deodorants. Has been linked to Alzheimer’s Disease.
  7. Talc- Linked to an increase development in ovarian cancer and inhaling powder with talc can have long term health consequences.
  8. Isopropyl Alcohol- can cause skin irritations and premature skin ageing.
  9. BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole)- possible human carcinogen. Interferes with the reproductive system and thyroid hormone levels.
  10. Triclosan and triclocarban- have been linked to hormonal disruption, impaired immune function, increased allergies, and bacterial resistance.

How to avoid these toxins: read the labels. Look for products with essential oils and herbs. Keep in mind that Europe has banned over 1100 chemicals in their skin care products, the U.S. has only ban 14 chemicals. Check where your products are made!