3 Harmful Skin Care Ingredients to Avoid

Your skin is your largest organ and it’s important that you take great care of it. That’s why at Sage Stone Botanicals, we use organic ingredients to bring moisture to thirsty skin cells. We also keep ingredients simple - you can easily read and understand our product labels.

Not all skincare companies do this. In fact, some add some very harmful chemicals to their products as preservatives or to mix in fragrance.

Three Skin Care Ingredients Specialists Say You Should Avoid

While not all skincare specialists and dermatologists agree on a particular brand or guiding principle when it comes to lotions or cosmetics, most agree that these three ingredients should not be in your skin care products.


Parabens are a preservative that cosmetics and skincare manufacturers use to improve the shelf life of their products. Sounds okay, right? Nope! Unfortunately, when we apply a product containing parabens to our skin, the preservative sinks into the skin and stays in our cells. While we may want to look “well-preserved”, parabens don’t benefit our bodies the same way they preserve products. Instead, they mimic the hormone estrogen and have been liked to breast cancer.

On top of all of the above, parabens in products like soap or shampoo can be washed down the drain, entering and contaminating water. Studies have found parabens in the bodies of marine mammals for the first time ever.

So, be sure to avoid this harmful preservative!


Formaldehyde is a naturally occurring chemical - which just goes to show you that you should not consume or use every natural thing on this planet. This chemical is often used as a preservative in cosmetics. It’s also used in insulation, fiberboard, resins, and more. While this sounds like a very useful chemical - it’s not actually that great for you. Studies show that formaldehyde exposure increases cancer risk and may even cause some cancers like leukemia.

With so many natural cosmetic and skincare options available, there is no need to expose yourself to this harmful chemical.


Phthalates are used for all kinds of things, from making plastics more flexible to making nail polish less brittle. In the skincare world, companies use phthalates to fix fragrance into a product, keeping the smell there longer.

This chemical has been banned from use in cosmetics in the European Union as it’s been found that exposure increases cancer risk and harm one’s ability to have children. It’s also been connected to hormone disruption and various forms of toxicity.

Sage Stone Botanicals is dedicated to using all-natural ingredients. Try our products and enjoy chemical-free comfort, today!

Julia Shaw