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Research has proved that even in tiny amounts, many chemicals that are commonly found in our cosmetic products have hazardous impacts on our health and hormones. It is very difficult for us to know what all ingredients are present in the cosmetics we use. We have been using a wide range of products, starting from shampoo and conditioner to lotions and makeup items, and these things are used on a daily basis. The harmful chemicals in them often go overlooked as they are so common in our day-to-day lives. In fact, we never really give it a thought if we are using the right types of ingredients in our shampoos and lotions.
It has been found that certain things that we use every day in our morning or nightly routines could be filled with potentially toxic ingredients that are not just dangerous for our health but also harm the environment. Although some of these ingredients are considered more toxic than others, we can still find healthier alternatives to help us keep our bodies free from unhealthy chemicals. Read on to find
out the top 5 most toxic ingredients that are found in our daily bathroom routine and need to be replaced as urgently as possible.
Formaldehyde is a gas that occurs naturally. Often used as a preservative, formaldehyde might sound to be a familiar ingredient to many of us, and we may have heard of it in our science classes in school. Although the EPA and Toxic Substance Control Act heavily regulate the use of formaldehyde, it has been found that no restrictions are currently imposed on the use of formaldehyde in beauty products. Formaldehyde, thus, is most commonly found as a preservative in numerous hair products and face makeup items.
So, next time you buy a shampoo or a lotion or any beauty product for that matter, watch out for ‘diazolidinyl urea” and “quaternium-15” in the list of ingredients as these are preservatives that release formaldehyde.
Petrolatum is an ingredient that is used in lipsticks to keep them moist. It is also largely found in creams and lotions and is considered a “crude oil”. The use of petrolatum is not currently restricted in the United States, and in fact, the FDA has approved its over-the-counter use.
However, it has been found that there is a great risk that comes with the cross-contamination of chemicals that can cause cancer due to petrolatum. All that you can do to cut petrolatum out of your list is by buying products from those particular brands that don’t use this ingredient at all.
Triclosan is an ingredient found in mouthwash, body wash, hand wash, toothpaste, shampoo, and deodorants. Although it is used as an antibacterial preservative, the FDA has still
banned its usage in both hand wash and body wash. Yet, it is still found in mouth products such as mouthwash and toothpaste as it fights against gum diseases.
However, it has been found that the long-term usage of triclosan can potentially disrupt hormone function, make one suffer from allergies, and can even raise the risk of cancer. So, watch out for triclosan in your mouth products and switch to natural and herbal toothpastes and mouthwashes.
Parabens are a preservative which is often found naturally in fruits and vegetables, especially in carrots and blueberries. Parabens are the most widely used ingredients in beauty products. It has been found that parabens show a buildup in our bodies and pose a threat to women’s fertility. They also affect the estrogen levels due to which parabens have found to raise the risk of breast cancer as well. However, parabens are not restricted in the U.S. currently and the
FDA has not connected them to hazardous impacts on human health.
All you can do to prevent the use of parabens is by looking out for paraben-free products.
Phthalates are found in almost everything, from household items to cosmetic products. It is found in nail polish, perfumes, house-cleaning items, etc. Although phthalates are restricted in children’s products, most households have cosmetics and cleaners that contain phthalates. Keep an eye out for ingredients such as “recycling-code-3” plastics and ingredients that are vaguely described as “fragrance” as they are nothing but phthalates.
Although it might seem like everything that we use is filled with harmful chemicals for our bodies, we can make our lives easier by using natural and herbal products as a healthier alternative. Natural products, with the minimal usage of chemicals, are not just good for our health and hormones but safe for the environment as well. So, next time you visit
the market to buy cosmetics, bathroom products, and house-cleaning items, look out for natural items as they are healthier alternatives.