12 Ingredients To Avoid In Skincare Products

12 Ingredients To Avoid In Skincare Products

When it comes to taking care of our skin, we often prioritise products that promise to enhance our beauty and provide nourishment. However, hidden within many skincare formulations are a multitude of potentially harmful ingredients.

These ingredients, known as the "Dirty Dozen," have raised concerns among health- and eco-conscious individuals and experts alike. They can penetrate the skin, disrupt hormone balance, pose risks of carcinogenic effects as well as contribute to environmental pollution and ecosystem damage.

  1. Parabens: These preservatives, such as methylparaben and propylparaben, can interfere with hormone production and mimic estrogen.

  2. Phthalates: Widely used in cosmetics and fragrances, phthalates can easily penetrate the skin and disrupt hormone balance.

  3. BHA & BHT: Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) and butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) are synthetic antioxidants that can mimic estrogen and have been classified as human carcinogens.

  4. Coal Tar Dyes: Derived from non-renewable petroleum, coal tar dyes are used in many cosmetics and can be contaminated with heavy metals. They are recognised as human carcinogens.

  5. DEA, MEA, and TEA: These compounds, found in soaps, moisturisers, and face washes, can irritate the skin and react with other chemicals to form carcinogenic nitrosamines.

  6. Formaldehyde: Formaldehyde-releasing agents, used as preservatives, can cause skin, eye, and lung irritation and are classified as known human carcinogens. Formaldehyde can also be toxic to aquatic life when it enters waterways.

  7. Undisclosed Fragrances: Fragrances are often trade secrets and can contain unlisted irritants and allergens. 

  8. PEG Compounds: Polyethylene glycols (PEGs), commonly found in cosmetics, can release ethylene oxide and dioxane, which are associated with skin and respiratory irritation and potential carcinogenic effects.

  9. Petrolatum: Also known as petroleum jelly, it can be contaminated with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), which are linked to health risks.

  10. Siloxanes: Silicone-based compounds used in skincare products, such as dimethicone, can accumulate in animals and interfere with hormone production.

  11. Triclosan: Found in deodorants, hand sanitisers, and some cleansers, triclosan can disrupt natural hormone function and contribute to antibiotic resistance. It can also contribute to the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, which can accumulate in the environment and pose risks to aquatic ecosystems.

  12. Oxybenzone: Commonly used in sunscreen, oxybenzone is known to damage coral reefs and other marine ecosystems. It has been linked to coral bleaching and can disrupt the development and reproduction of marine organisms.

Avoiding these ingredients can help you make safer choices for your skincare routine and promote overall wellbeing for your body and environment.

At MyTreat, we strive to source products that are eco-friendly and good for you. 

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