Cosmetics are full of ingredients, many of which have names we can’t even pronounce. Today you will find out which ingredients to avoid in cosmetics, and in which of these products they are present.
If you have sensitive skin, you have probably had allergic reactions caused by some product, without even knowing why. Perhaps the cause is that it contained some of the ingredients to avoid in cosmetics. Find out which ones!
What are the ingredients to avoid in cosmetics?
Parabens are generally found in shampoos and other products. Although small amounts are not harmful, this type of preservative can cause skin reactions, especially of the scalp, in people with sensitive skin.
The next time you buy a cosmetic product, check if it contains this substance.
Did you know that many lipsticks contain lead? When we buy a lipstick, we usually don’t pay attention to the ingredients on the label. So, we end up using these products without knowing that many of them include this substance.
Although it is true that the amount of lead usually present is negligible and therefore not harmful to health, we must not forget that our body absorbs this substance.
Another of the ingredients that you should avoid in cosmetics are silicones. These are the basic ingredient of many cosmetic tricks.
And while they’re not as toxic as lead, they still have a negative effect on our skin.
The aesthetic result of silicones is to smooth the skin, giving it a much healthier and more uniform appearance. However, at the same time they prevent the skin from perspiring. In fact, silicones clog our pores.
If you are one of those people who do not wear make-up regularly, you may have already experienced the sensation of non-breathing skin using a make-up base .
Ammonia is widely used in dyes, as it helps hair retain more color. However, although its composition has been modified over the years to be more respectful on our scalp, it still causes some problems.
This substance can cause scalp irritation or even excessive hair loss. It is also not recommended for people suffering from scalp eczema or seborrheic dermatitis.
This is another ingredient you should avoid in cosmetics and it has a name you may have heard of before. This substance is present in nail polishes, used as a fixative.
The problem with phthalates is that, like lead, our body absorbs them. In this case through the nails.
Phthalates cause changes in the hormonal system. Therefore we must pay particular attention to their presence in cosmetic products.
This substance has been classified as “high risk”. Companies like Johnson & Johnson included it in their products.
It was phased out when the WHO flagged it as a potentially carcinogenic substance.
Nowadays it is very difficult to find this ingredient in commercial products. Either way, it’s best to know. It may be present in body lotions or nail polishes, with the function of a preservative.
7. DEA, MEA and TEA
DEA (diethanolamine), MEA (ethanolamine) and TEA (triethanolamine) are emulsifying and foaming chemical compounds found in various shampoos and detergents. However, we should avoid them.
The harmful effect of these last 3 ingredients is delayed hair growth. Is this the right price to pay to show off an apparently healthier and more luminous hair?
There are many other ingredients that you should avoid in cosmetics, but today we have presented only those that we believe are most important and with a greater risk to your health. Not looking at the ingredients contained in cosmetics is a habit that could have very serious consequences.
Do you check the components of the cosmetics you buy? Are you aware of what a lipstick or hair dye might contain? We hope that from today, you will be more aware of the cosmetics you use. Reading the labels is essential!