The Ugly Side of Beauty Products

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Beauty aisles offer a tantalizing buffet of options. Vibrant colors splash from the shelves; promises of youth and allure beckon. It’s like Toys ‘R Us for grown-ups. Yet what should be a fun journey quickly turns noxious when you think of the minefield of toxins you’re wading through.



A frightening number of skin care and beauty products contain heavy metals, skin irritants, and potentially dangerous ingredients that can have both short and long-term consequences. Take a look at some of the most concerning ingredients in your beauty products and how to avoid them.


Where it’s hiding: Baby sunscreen, lip balm, shampoo, conditioner, nail polish, foundation, moisturizer

Aliases: Any word that contains benzophenone, sulisobenzone, BP + a number, oxybenzone, sulisobenzone sodium

Crime: Endocrine disruption, cancer, organ system toxicity, developmental and reproductive toxicity

How to avoid it: Stay away from products that contain those ingredients. Opt for sunscreens that use non-nanoized zinc oxide or titanium dioxide.


Where it’s hiding: Fragrance, makeup, lipstick, lotion, nail polish

Aliases: Anything with “fragrance” or “parfum” in the ingredient label; You’ll never find labels listing phthalates.

Crime: Mimics hormones, thereby telling your body to make more or less of certain hormones; linked to increased risk of breast cancer and early onset of menopause; diabetes, autism

How to avoid it: Use products that are labeled phthalate-free.


Where it’s hiding: deodorant, moisturizer. makeup, hair gels

Aliases: Anything with methyl-, butyl-, and propyl-paraben; ingredients ending in ‘paraben’

Crime: Mimics estrogen in the body, which can increase the expression of genes that may result in human breast cell tumor growth

How to avoid it: Avoid products with those ingredients, though it is unlikely the average consumer will be exposed to enough parabens to cause harm.

Research into beauty products is ever-evolving, leaving consumers more informed yet also more confused with each new announcement. You can reduce the amount of toxins entering your body by choosing beauty product lines that offer environmentally-friendly and body-healthy ingredients.


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