Watch Out for These Toxic Ingredients in Your Skin Care Products

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By now you probably have read or heard about how there may be some hidden chemicals in your beauty and skin care products that can be putting you at risk. But do you know what they are exactly? How well do you know the products that you apply on your face and body every day?

The key to achieving truly healthy (and safe!) beauty care is to fully understand what is inside every bottle and jar of product that you use. It may seem like a lot of work, but really you just need to know what you should look out for. Once you do, you’ll find that you are one step closer to becoming a more empowered and healthier consumer!

To help you out, here are some of the ingredients that you should avoid:


These are probably the most commonly used preservatives in the beauty industry. Parabens are in almost every cream you buy commercially because they prevent fungus and mould from growing in those products. You should be concerned, however, because parabens can be absorbed through the skin and some studies show that they are often found in breast cancer tumours!

Parabens can come in different forms, so you should look out for terms like benzylparaben, butyiparaben, ethylparaben, methylparaben, isobutylparaben, and propylparaben.

Benzoyl Peroxide

In the last decade, we have witnessed the astounding popularity of pimple–fighting products. Benzoyl peroxide is the main reason for this. But while it might be effective for acne treatment, it has also been associated with the promotion of tumour growth. Aside from that, it also causes toxic effects in the body even just through inhalation. It’s also highly toxic if accidentally swallowed.


Phthalates are used in cosmetics as well as most plastic objects. They act as a hormone disruptor and have been linked to reproductive defects and even developmental problems in children.

The problem is phthalates are often not listed on the label of most products. Here’s a hint though – they are usually found in what is misleadingly listed as “fragrance”. So be on the safe side and stick to products that are fragrance-free or scented using essential oils.



It is a known ingredient in “antibacterial” products. And the fact that it does its job really well may be the problem itself. After all, not all types of bacteria are bad! Also, some experts believe that this chemical’s popularity may be contributing to the rise of “superbugs” which are harmful bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics.

Additionally, triclosan also works as a hormone and thyroid disruptor. It’s also really bad for the environment!

It’s understandable that you want to preserve your youth and stay beautiful. But you shouldn’t buy blindly just because a product is endorsed by a celebrity you really like. Be more vigilant when it comes to your beauty and skin care products!

If the reason behind your impulsive purchases of beauty products is your wish to be younger looking, you should call Sloan Natural Health Center. Our anti-aging program has worked amazingly with countless clients. It will work wonders for you too!