Ten Commonly Used Skincare Chemicals that You Should Avoid

Here at Sage Stone Botanicals, we use organic and natural ingredients in every product. We do this by making each product by hand in small batches. That’s also how we are able to avoid adding unnecessary and toxic chemicals to our products.

 

Unfortunately, not every skin care company keeps things as natural as we do. Here are ten toxic chemicals that you will find in everyday skincare and body care products:

 

1. Coal Tar

This ingredient is banned in Europe but is still used here in North America.

 

2. Formaldehyde

Often used as a preservative in hair dye, shampoos, and eyelash adhesives, this ingredient is an irritant and a possible carcinogen.

 

3. Fragrance/Parfum

Many people have an allergic reaction to Fragrance in products. If you have gotten a rash from Fragrance in one product, but not in another, it’s because this term is a catchall for a number of chemicals.

 

4. Mercury

Used in some makeup products, mercury is a toxic chemical and an allergen.

 

5. Parabens  

Many of us are on the lookout for parabens these days. They have been linked to breast cancer and tumors.

 

6. Phthalates

This group of chemicals is often found both in makeup and in personal care products like perfume or lotions. This is another chemical that has been linked to an increased risk of breast cancer - as well as reproductive birth defects.

 

7. Propylene glycol

Unfortunately, this alcohol has been connected with skin conditions like dermatitis and allergic reactions like hives. It’s found in a variety of products, from sunscreen to shampoo.

 

8. Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) or (SLES)

While SLS’s are an irritant on their own, they react poorly to being combined with other chemicals. Different combinations of SLS and additional chemicals can form a carcinogen and can cause kidney or respiratory damage.

 

9. Toluene

This ingredient is derived from petroleum or coal tar and is a potent solvent. It can affect your respiratory system and may even cause developmental damage when used by expectant moms.

 

10. Triclosan

This is an antimicrobial chemical that not only inhibits microbial growth but also disrupts the endocrine system. Studies have also indicated that it may contribute to the formation of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

 

Be sure to check out the ingredients list of any skincare, haircare, or body care products you are planning to buy before making your purchase. Avoiding these chemicals can not only keep you and your family healthy - it can benefit your local lakes, rivers, and streams!

 

Are you looking for all-natural skincare options? Look no further! We have you covered with our body lotions, all-purpose soaps, lip balms, and organic bug repellent!

 


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