7 ingredients to avoid in your beauty products

Growing up, our mothers always told us said to be careful with our skin because it was the only one we were going to get! That phrase was the cause of many eye rolls when we wanted to lay in the sun for hours without protection and lather scented lotions on our arms. But we’re older now, ladies. Wiser even! And we should be much more conscious of what we put on our skin. As an adult, you realize that choosing safe products for your skin goes beyond vanity. Some products aren’t just bad for the state of your skin, but harmful to your health as well.

Here are 7 ingredients to look for and avoid in your beauty products.

Mineral Oil

It sounds like a good thing, doesn’t it? We thought so too! But mineral oil creates a film that covers the skin and stops it from doing its thing and releasing harmful toxins. It also slows down cell development causing premature aging...no thanks! Look out for mineral oil in styling gels, baby oil, and moisturizers.

Paraphenylenediamine (PPD)

PPD is an ingredient commonly found in hair dye. When striving for the perfect color, avoid this ingredient that is toxic to the skin, and weakens the immune system.


Most often found in baby powder, eyeshadow, blush, and deodorant, talc resembles asbestos in composition. Yikes! It has been linked with ovarian cancer and respiratory troubles.


Mercury is known to impair brain development. So it seems like that would be a no brainer, right? Don’t put mercury in our beauty products. However, mercury turns up in many mascaras and eye drops. Make sure to read the fine print.


Formaldehyde is a probable carcinogen and known irritant yet it goes into many of our beauty essentials like shampoo, hair dye, and eyelash adhesive.

Coal Tar

Coal Tar is known to cause cancer and has been banned in the EU. Yet many other places in the world still allow it to be used in anti-lice and anti-dandruff shampoos as well as dry skin treatments. It can also be listed as color and number IE. Red No.5

Palm Oil

While palm oil isn't known to be a major health risk, the cultivation of is has a profound negative effect on the environment and the well-being of the already endangered orangutan community.

We just mention 7 ingredients but unfortunately, there is much more to add to the list: parabens, sodium lauryl sulfate, phthalates, polyethylene glycol, triclosan, bha & bht, coal tar, and much more ...

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