The ingredients of what we apply to our face and skin is extremely important. You don't really want to be applying dozens of chemicals to your face because although it may give you a short-term amazing result, it can be damaging in the long-term. Natural skincare products are the best to use but let's face it, we can't all afford £50 miracle-curing all-natural skincare products, so we need to turn to the next best thing. Over the past six months I've been experimenting and researching what products are most harmful to our skin. Here are the results:
These ingredients are plasticizers, typically found in some skincare, nail, hair and makeup products and their job is to make things less brittle (nail polish, hair, etc). This is part of the reason why pregnant women are advised not to wear nail polish as although they're not harmful in small doses, they're constantly on the US' FDA Watch List. On the label of cosmetics you should look for DBP, DMP, DEP or Phthalates itself. They can damage the hormones and sex organ complications (read more about that here).
This chemical is used in makeup, hair and beauty products because of it's antibacterial properties. These can cause irritation to the skin and has even been linked to cancer in some cases. This product is mainly found in glue, nail polish, body wash and hair products. You can read the in-depth article about Formaldehyde here.
These have been proven to be a carcinogen (by the National Toxicology Program) and many are banned. They can be found in hair dyes, soaps and lotions and is taken as a product from burning coal. Having too much of this can be dangerous to your emotional hormones and sleep cycle. General guidelines include not applying anything labelled "Ext D&C" near your eyes or lips. Read more about the effects of Coal Tar here.
Many more include parabens, aluminium and Dietathanolamine but that's enough for today's Chemistry lesson! The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics Organisation is definitely a page to bookmark if you're unsure on how safe your beauty items are to use.