Toxic Ingredients You MUST avoid in skin and hair care

Toxic Ingredients You MUST Avoid at any cost..!! Harmful & Carcinogenic..


1. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) & Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES):

Sodium laureth sulfate (SLS), Ammonium lauryl sulfate (ALS)  or sodium lauryl ether sulfate (SLES), is an anionic detergent and surfactant found in many personal care products (soaps, shampoos, toothpaste etc.)

Used in: Shampoos, conditioners, body wash and bubble wash

Derived From: Sodium lauryl sulfate can be made from petroleum oil. In this process, fatty acids are extracted and converted to fatty alcohols, then sulfonated to become a crystalline salt. If SLS undergoes a chemical process called “ethoxylation,” it becomes SLES.

SLS and SLES are the most commonly used surfocants by many popular brands in their shampoo and body wash range. The main reason to use this ingredeint is its ability to generate foam and give a squeaky clean feeling after you wash your face, body or hair using the products that contain SLS/SLES. SLS’s are known to be skin, lung, and eye irritants. SLES and SLS penetrate the scalp quickly and are unable to be metabolized by the liver.

A major concern about SLS is its potential to interact and combine with other chemicals to form nitrosamines, a carcinogen (Cancer Causing). These combinations can lead to a host of other issues like kidney and respiratory damage


2. Parabens:

Used in: Shampoos, coditioners, Acne treatments, moisturizers, scrubs and many more.

Common Used types of parabens: methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben and isobutylparaben

Derived from: Parabens are esters of para-hydroxybenzoic acid

I cannot say you enough tings how much I hate parabens. The moment I got to know the toxicity of this ingredient, I have thrown away all the products mu Mom was using and replaced them Organic and naturally derived products.

Parabens are chemicals used as preservatives and as food additives. They can be found in many types of make-up (like lipstick, mascara, concealer, and foundation) and skin care products (like lotion, shaving products, and sunscreen). Parabens can be absorbed through the skin.

Of greatest concern is that parabens are known to disrupt hormone function, an effect that is linked to increased risk of breast cancer and reproductive toxicity,” reports the non-profit Campaign for Safe Cosmetics (CSC). It is believed that it can mimic estrogen. A 2011 California study of BPA and methylparaben combination turned healthy cells into cancer cells and rendered tamoxifen ineffective.

How can some one be so insensitive to use these?


3. Synthetic Fragrances

You would love those amazing fragrances from your body washes, soaps, shampoos and conditioners, but you will be less likely to be impressed to know that one ‘fragrance’ or ‘parfum’in your personal care products is prepared using more than 200 chemicals which in most all cases is not mentioned on the product you are using. The only thing that is mentioned is ‘fragrance’.

Derived From: A 1986 report by the National Academy of Sciences noted that 95 percent of chemicals used in synthetic fragrances are derived from petroleum (yep, crude oil) and include benzene derivatives (carcinogenic), aldehydes, toluene, and many other known toxic chemicals linked to cancer, birth defects, central nervous system disorders and allergic reactions

Used in: Almost all the products that smells amazing to you. From tooth pastes to Foots scrubs.

Synthetic fragrances are cheap as compared to natural ones like essential oils. This is the reason most of the businesses which run for profits and least bothered about us use these in abundance.


4. Petrochemicals

Used in: Face Creams, face scrubs, face packs, Hair oils, shampoos, conditioners and body washes

Derived from: A chemical compound obtained from petroleum (not the Vaseline one’s, but the stuff we put in our car)) and natural gas.

Some of the popular petrochemicals used in cosmetics are :

  • Paraffin Wax.
  • Mineral Oil.
  • toluene.
  • Benzene.
  • Anything with PEG (polyethylene glycol)
  • Anything with DEA (diethanolamine) or MEA (ethanolamine)

While there have been some claims that link petrochemicals to cancer and a myriad of other conditions and illnesses, this is still yet to be determined.

Unfortunately, cosmetic companies and governing bodies like to take the stance of innocent until proven guilty.

It is however, very common for petroleum derived ingredients to be irritating, sensitising and very drying on the skin, not to mention comodogenic (pore clogging) as well – generally causing more damage than good


5. Artificial Colours 

Artificial Colors are used in many skin care and hair care products to change the color of the end product or to make it look more presentable. For example, the so called herbal products used hints of Green FCF to depict to the consumer that it is a derivative of herbal components which they aren’t actually.

Common Synthetic Colors: FD&C Blue No. 1 (BrilliantBlue FCF), FD&C Blue No. 2 (Indigotine), FD&CGreen No. 3 (Fast Green FCF), FD&C Red No. 3 (Erythrosine), FD&C Yellow No. 5 (Tartrazine), and FD&C Yellow No. 6 (Sunset Yellow)

Used in: Aloe Vera Gels, Body washes, so called Herbal shampoos where almost 90% of their ingredients are chemicals.

Derived from: Artificial dyes and pigments are derived from petroleum products or coal tar sources and are intended to last for years and years.

Synthetic colors are suspected to be a human carcinogen, a skin irritant and are linked to ADHD in children. These synthetic colors are already banned in Europe due to various heath related concerns.



Coming Up…

I know this list is a never ending one. I don’t want to overwhelm you one this single day. So Stay tuned and save this page, because I will keep on updating this list as I go forward. Till then, Subscribe to smartgirls, Lay back and Have a Cup of Tea..




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Tell me what is the ingredient that shocked you more knowing about it.? Mine is Parabens for sure.

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