Since starting Skinmade, we have been overwhelmed by the amount of people that tell us that they have sensitive skin. We believe it is the toxic chemicals in skincare that is actually damaging skin and causing long term sensitivity.
Have you ever read the ingredients list of your beauty products?
The truth is so many of the products you buy are filled with toxic chemicals that may make your skin feel good when you first start using it, but in actual fact damage your skin after long term use. It’s so important to understand and know what you are putting on your skin.
Here are some of the top 12 most used dangerous chemicals:
1. BHA and BHT
Used mainly in moisturizers and makeup as preservatives. Suspected endocrine disruptors and may cause cancer (BHA). .
2. Coal tar dyes: p-phenylenediamine and colours listed as “CI” followed by a five digit number
Look for p-phenylenediamine hair dyes and in other products colours listed as “CI” followed by five digits. Potential to cause cancer and may be contaminated with heavy metals toxic to the brain.
3. DEA-related ingredients
Used in creamy and foaming products, such as moisturizers and shampoos. Can react to form nitrosamines, which may cause cancer. Look also for related chemicals MEA and TEA.
4. Dibutyl phthalate
Used as a plasticizer in some nail care products. Suspected endocrine disrupter and reproductive toxicant.
5. Formaldehyde-releasing preservatives
Look for DMDM hydantoin, diazolidinyl urea, imidazolidinyl urea, methenamine and quarternium-15. Used in a variety of cosmetics. Slowly release small amounts of formaldehyde, which causes cancer.
Used in a variety of cosmetics as preservatives. Suspected endocrine disrupters and may interfere with male reproductive functions.
7. Parfum (a.k.a. fragrance)
Any mixture of fragrance ingredients used in a variety of cosmetics — even in some products marketed as “unscented.” Some fragrance ingredients can trigger allergies and asthma. Some linked to cancer and neurotoxicity.
8. PEG compounds
Used in many cosmetic cream bases. Can be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, which may cause cancer. Also for related chemical propylene glycol and other ingredients with the letters “eth” (e.g., polyethylene glycol).
Used in some hair products for shine and as a moisture barrier in some lip balms, lip sticks and moisturizers. A petroleum product that can be contaminated with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, which may cause cancer.
Look for ingredients ending in “-siloxane” or “-methicone.” Used in a variety of cosmetics to soften, smooth and moisten. Suspected endocrine disruptor and reproductive toxicant (cyclotetrasiloxane). Harmful to fish and other wildlife.
11. Sodium laureth sulfate
Used in foaming cosmetics, such as shampoos, cleansers and bubble bath. Can be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, which may cause cancer. Look also for related chemical sodium lauryl sulfate and other ingredients with the letters “eth” (e.g., sodium laureth sulfate).
Used in antibacterial cosmetics, such as toothpastes, cleansers and antiperspirants. Suspected endocrine disruptor and may contribute to antibiotic resistance in bacteria.
All of these chemicals are known to be harmful to fish and other wildlife.
There are many alternatives to products containing these toxic ingredients. All Skinmade products are free from damaging chemicals such as the list above. We only use plant based ingredients such as cold-pressed oils, herbal infusions and pure essential oils. Our products are beautiful to use, are 100% natural and will improve and support your skin.