5 Toxic Ingredients You Put On Your Skin Every Day

As women, we love our beauty products and it’s easy to get caught up in the promises of the latest cosmetic wonder-treatments. The problem is, though, that there are some products which make use of harmful ingredients that are totally toxic to the body and skin. Often, we have no idea what it is that we’re putting on our skin and yet we keep using them.

The argument is: but if they work, why should it matter. Well, it may not matter now but it will certainly matter as you age.  It’s vital to understand your products so that you can control the benefits you gain from them.

Keep your skin clear of these 5 toxic ingredients

1. Diethanolamine (DEA)

This additive is usually found in soaps and shampoos and is added as a foaming agent. The problem is that DEA tends to stick to the skin and is notably difficult to wash off. Ironically, DEA has been found to be a skin irritant (with excessive exposure to DEA or its compounds; DEA-cetyl phosphate, cocamide DEA, and oleamide DEA).

The big deal with this toxic ingredient:

While washing your body with a soap containing DEA a few times certainly won’t pose a risk, prolonged use of products which contain this surfactant or its compounds can cause skin and eye irritations as well as pose a risk for the formation of liver and thyroid problems.


2. Petroleum and its by-products

Petroleum and its variants can be found in a vast array of beauty products. Body washes, shampoos, conditioners, many make-up products (mascaras, foundations, lipsticks and lip balms, anti-aging creams and even baby oils contain petroleum. Look out for paraffin, paraffin wax, paraffin oil, mineral oil, petrolatum and petroleum in the ingredients list of your products. These chemicals are derived from crude-oil and are completely unnatural to the body as they clog pores by creating a tight seal on the skin and keep the body from effectively removing toxins.

The big deal with this toxic ingredient

Petroleum based chemicals are easily absorbed into the skin and once they’re there they aren’t easily broken down. They have also been known to have carcinogenic effects on the body.

Small amounts of these chemicals won’t do too much harm but when used over a long period and often they could certainly cause a number of problems. The real problem with petroleum chemicals is the sheer amount of products they can be found in, which means that you may be taking in more crude oil by-products than you know.


3. Formaldehyde

This chemical, which is actually formed organically in small amounts by many plants and animals can be quite toxic in large amounts. While the word formaldehyde is unlikely to show up on your cosmetics labels, the chemical can be found in one of five cosmetic products, according to research data from the FDA.

Recognize formaldehyde in your products by looking for the following: 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1, 3-diol (bronopol) and glyoxal, Diazolidinyl urea, DMDM hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea, polyoxymethylene urea, quaternium-15, sodium hydroxymethyl glycinate.

The big deal with this toxic ingredient

According to the national cancer institute, formaldehyde is absorbed through liquid contact with the skin or fumes inhaled containing the chemical. There have been cases of animals developing cancer after exposure to formaldehyde and the chemical has been deemed to be carcinogenic by the IARC (International Agency for Research on Carcinogens). It is also a skin and respiratory irritant and can aggravate asthma and other breathing conditions.


4. Parabens

This group of preservatives can be found in almost every beauty product you own.  They are also found in certain processed foods and medications. The main function of these preservatives makes them attractive for the industry as they prohibit the growth of bacteria in products, they are also associated with hormonal imbalances within the body.

The big deal with this toxic ingredient:

These beauties: butyl-; isobutyl-; methyl-; and propylparaben are known as estrogen mimickers because they imitate the function of estrogen in the body. Increased levels of estrogen aren’t great for the body, in fact, they’re linked to increased (and hard to get rid of) cellulite, increased body fat, Ovarian cysts and endometriosis. What that means is that if you suffer from monthly PMS or an unbalanced hormonal problem, it may very well be that your facial toner is to blame.


5. Toluene

Toluene, or toluol, is quite a nasty chemical and has been linked to developmental damages in growing fetuses. Toluene can be found in hair dyes and nail polish and is the reason pregnant women are advised to refrain from dying their hair.

The big deal with this toxic ingredient:

Unborn children are not the only ones at risk here as toluene attacks the central nervous system and can cause nausea, fatigue, and headaches. It has also been linked to the degradation of the immune system over long-term use, however, even short-term exposure can produce negative effects on the nervous system.

Look out for toluene in your nail polish and hair dyes labeled as benzene, methylbenzene, phenylmethane, and toluol.

As a last and important note; it’s not uncommon for products branded with the all-natural label to be packed full of these chemicals either, so it’s important to always check labels and be on the lookout for chemicals that are known to do more damage than good.