Toxic Beauty: The Truth About Your Beauty Products

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Have you ever thought about the ingredients that are in your beauty products?

Women use around a dozen beauty products per day including shampoo, conditioner, face wash, moisturizer, styling products, foundation, blush, eye makeup, lotions, and perfumes just to name a few. Most purchase the products that appeal to them without a second thought as to what is actually in them.

But the vast majority of products on store shelves today are filled with chemicals and toxins that can cause cancer, reproductive problems, neurological disorders, and dozens of other health issues.

However, there are plenty of non-toxic options out there that work just as well, if not better! 

Read on to learn about some of the most common toxins in our beauty products and how to find clean alternatives!

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Some common toxins in cosmetics and beauty products today include:


Phtalates are used to achieve the desired texture in certain beauty products like nail polish but they have been linked to cancer, asthma, and reproductive problems. 


Synthetic sulfates are used to create a lather in shampoos, body washes and soaps. They can cause irritation of the lungs, eyes or skin. They may also be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane which some studies have linked to cancer.


Fragrance is a common phrase on ingredient labels but did you know that “fragrance” could literally be anything? Companies are NOT required to specifically list what “fragrance” is made of, or any chemicals it contains.


Many artificial colors we use in our products today have been linked to cancer. A significant number of these artificial colors utilized by manufacturers in the U.S. are actually banned in other countries. 


Preservatives are used to enhance the shelf life of a product. However, preservatives such as parabens and formaldehyde are hormone disruptors and have been linked to cancer and reproductive issues.

These are only a few of the toxins and health concerns that we should be keeping in mind when we make our purchase decisions.

It’s also important to remember that, as I’ve said about many things, it’s not “all or nothing.” If you have a few beauty products that you just can’t live without, it will still benefit your long-term health to replace some of your products with natural options. 

One thing I would recommend is considering which products you use most often. If you use certain items daily, I would focus on finding alternatives for those first, versus something that you only use maybe once or twice a week.

Also, items that are used directly on your skin are more likely to affect your health long-term than those that are not, such as shampoo or conditioner that have limited skin exposure and are washed off quickly.

There are many natural beauty brands out there that contain little to no chemicals or toxins. The Environmental Working Group is a great resource. I suggest visiting the EWG’s Skin Deep Database. You can search for your favorite products to see how they rate and use the database to find safer options.

I hope this information has helped open your eyes to the dangers that may be lurking in your everyday products. I encourage you to test out some “clean” beauty brands. You might just find something you love!

Check out some of my favorites:

Mineral Fusion
Love Beauty and Planet

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