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October 31, 2023

5 cosmetic ingredients to pay attention to in face care products

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The skin is the first contact with the outside world and this organ is the largest in the human body. It is just as important to take care of it as the rest of the body.

8 cosmetic ingredients to avoid in skincare may be worth considering before making future purchases :

  1. Formaldehyde

    In cosmetic products and especially nail care products, it acts as a preservative. There are studies showing that Formaldehyde is bad for your health. Studies prove that it can cause asthma or irritation. It is banned in aerosol cosmetics in Canada.

    Formaldehyde may also appear as an impurity in the composition of other ingredients, such as quaternium-15, DMDM hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea, diazolidinyl urea, sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3 diol (Bronopol), etc.1

  2. Phtalates

    This family of substances is part of the same family as DBP, DEHP and DEP which plasticize. They are not present in the list of cosmetic ingredients, as it is regularly present in trace amounts. Phthalates help odors stick to the skin.

    This ingredient has negative effects on the body, such as endocrine imbalance.

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  3. Parabens

    Parabens, methylparabens, isobutylparabens, proplyparabens, and others are all part of the parabens family and are used as preservatives in cosmetics. Cosmetic products use them in their ingredients to prevent the development of bacteria or fungus.

  4. Polyethylene glycol (PEG)

    This ingredient is usually found in cleansers to remove oil and grease. Polyethylene glycol is also found in cosmetic products to help replenish the moisture barrier.

    PEGs have a negative environmental impact, as they are not biodegradable and their manufacturing process is highly polluting, as well as being dangerous due to the risk of explosion. In fact, they are synthetic substances made from ethylene oxide, a highly reactive gas.

  5. Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES)

    SLES is used to make products foam. It is also present for its cleaning properties. Sodium Laureth Sulfate may have adverse effects that are present in reaction to its contamination with 1,4-dioxane, a controversial substance if not regulated.

Learn more about cosmetic ingredients to avoid

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This is a short list of the many cosmetic ingredients that are not recommended to be prioritized in skin care products. The list is long and is relevant to consider before making future cosmetic purchases.

Health Canada has published an article on the criteria for an ingredient to be on this list and lists some of them. If you would like to learn more, here is the link to the article: Safety of Cosmetic Ingredients.

There are ingredients to avoid in shampoos, household products and more.

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