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Do Your Cosmetics Have Toxins?


Did you know that beauty products are laden with chemicals? From zinc to alcohol- they’ve got everything. Some chemicals are fine, but do your cosmetics have toxins? Can they harm you or your family? Scientists say yes. Read on.

On an average, women in U.S.A., use about 12 beauty care products in a day. How many of them are toxic? Make sure you read the labels and check out the chemicals in them.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate

This is a foaming and thickening agent, which is found in degreasers and floor cleaners. It is also present in toothpastes, shampoos, bubble baths, and soaps. It has a byproduct (1-4 dioxane) that is carcinogenic (cancer causing). It causes irritation in skin and eyes.


Most commonly found in cosmetics like perfumes, phthalates are the chemicals that are added to plastic so that is becomes more flexible. Almost all plastics have phthalates. These are used in perfumes to stabilize their fragrance. This chemical creates problems for the endocrine system and leads to hyperactivity or depression. There are many phthalates that are banned in Europe.


Lead is a harmful chemical and its use in pain has been banned since 1978, but it is not mandatory to show lead in ingredient list in cosmetics. Since lead is not mentioned in the ingredient list of cosmetics, make sure you purchase only ‘lead-free’ cosmetics. Lead poisoning can mar each and every organ of your body, including kidneys, heart, and brain. Some lead-related problems are high blood pressure, anemia, and irregular heartbeat.


The only liquid metal is a deadly one. It causes autism in kids and can even lead to brain damage. It is used in most dental amalgams and vaccines. It is found in many eye cosmetics, like mascara. Read the label and don’t buy the product if it has thimerosal or mercurous chloride.

Propylene Glycol

This chemical is derived from petroleum, and is used in anti-freeze in cars. It is recognized by the FDA to be safe in food. You might think it’s a harmless chemical, but it is actually linked to many liver and kidney problems, including kidney damage. It also irritates skin and eyes. It is most commonly found in mouthwash, toothpaste, moisturizers, massage and other fragrant oils, deodorants, and lotions etc.

So the next time you buy any beauty products, make sure you read the label and see that these chemicals are not present in the product.

Author: Summer H.


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