Why Reading Ingredients Is So Important?

Cosmetics Hi everyone,

So I know reading ingredients on every label is pretty annoying and can make you feel like every product you review is bad because it contains all of these  words we cant even pronounce! But the truth is reading the labels on your cosmetics, skincare, shampoo & conditioner, and even food can turn your life around. It awares you of all the harmful ingredients in your daily products and once you are aware of some of all these ingredients you will understand why it is so important to read your labels. I Know it is a bit over the top but trust me as long as you are aware of them being in some of your everyday products you will thank yourself for reviewing what you are slathering on your face and hair everyday! The importance of reading ingredients is over shadowed and that is why companies dont make the effort and dont care to take out these harmful ingredients in all of our products.

So here are a couple of BAD ingredients:

1. Coal tar: Used in dandruff shampoos and anti-itch creams. Coal tar is a known carcinogen and coal tar based dyes such as FD&C blue 1, which are used in toothpastes, and FD&C green 3, which is used in mouthwash, should be avoided.

2. Fragrance:  This ingredient is used to mask hundreds of ingredients, including phthalates, which disrupt the endocrine system and could cause reproductive and development harm.

3. Aluminum: This is often found in eye shadow as a color additive and also used in deodorants, it is listed as carcinogenic, toxic and mutagenic.

4. Mineral Oils: They coat the skin like plastic, so it cannot breathe. They slow down the skin’s natural function and cell development, resulting in premature aging. They can also be contaminated with PAH which can be carcinogenic. They can be found in mascara, lotion, creams, foundation, and many other products. It appears on the label reading as Petroleum or Liquid Paraffin.

5. Parabens (methyl, ethyl, propyl, butyl, isobutyl): These are chemical preservatives that have been identified as estrogenic disruptive or normal hormone function. These will increase the risk of breast cancer.

6. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), Sodium Lauryl Ether Sulfate (SLES): This is a foaming agent derived from coconut oil. It is found in a huge variety of skin care products including toothpaste, shampoo, bubble bath, and soap. The EWG considers it to be a carcinogen. Others say it is prone to contamination by 1,4-dioxane.

7. Polyethylene Glycol (PEG): PEG is a potential carcinogen that is used as a grease-dissolving cleaner and a thickener for skincare products. These chemicals are considered so toxic by the EWG that workers have to use protective clothing when handling these items. They can cause brain, liver, and kidney malfunctions. Also, watch for any others in the glycol family: Propylene Glycol, Isopropyl Alcohol, Butylenes Glycol.

8. Sodium Hydroxide: Is a harmful irritant and can be corrosive to skin and harmful to eyes. There are restrictions on how much can be used in cosmetic products. Labels must state “Keep out of reach of children”.

These are just some of the horrible ingredients that surround us everyday! So start reading your labels! You can find all of this information on: http://www.safecosmetics.org from a company called Safe Cosmetics to get the safety scoop on any product you are concerned about.

Love, Veronica<3


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