11 Cosmetic Ingredients to Avoid by sadia.saeed


									Cosmetic Ingredients to Avoid for the Safety of Skin and
Skin care products should never include the controversial chemicals mentioned in the list below.
Be vigilant, careful and always check labels. These cosmetic ingredients are the worst
offenders. Check before buying any cosmetic products.

11 Cosmetic Ingredients to Avoid
1.    Imidazolidinyl Urea

Imidazolidinyl Urea is also the most commonly used preservative in personal care products
(parabens are first). The American Academy of Dermatology recognizes it as a cause of contact
dermatitis. Formaldehyde release is a hazard of this chemical. The CIR Expert Panel is
reassessing its safety. Imidazolidinyl Urea is found in: baby and other shampoos, bath and body
oils body powders, colognes and other fragrances, lotions and moisturizers, makeup, permanent
waves, and rinses.

2.   Diethanolamine (DEA)

      Extensively used for its emulsifying and foaming properties. It is associated with allergic
reactions and eye irritation.

3.   Diazolidinyl Urea:

       Used as an antiseptic in cosmetics. It may release formaldehyde, known to be highly
toxic. Diazolidinyl urea can be found in body powders, cleansers and soaps, lotions and
moisturizers, make-up and make-up removers, shampoo, shaving products, sunscreen.

4.   Triethanolamine (TEA)

     Used as a detergent and dispersing agent. There is high sensitivity to its use. It is
recommended limiting it to rinse off products, such as shampoo. However, some hand and body
lotions include it. Combining TEA with nitrates results in cancer-causing nitrosamines. DEA and
TEA are found in: bath powders, lotions, shaving creams, shampoos, and soaps.

5.   Propylene Glycol

       This is the most common moisture-carrying cosmetic ingredient, excluding water itself, in
personal care products. Extensively used in makeup. It is known to elicit allergic reactions,
including hives, and is associated with eczema. Safer glycols are gradually replacing propylene
glycol. This cosmetic ingredients is Found in: antiperspirants and deodorants, baby lotions, hair
strengtheners, moisturizers, mouthwashes, shaving products, sunscreens, and stick perfumes.

6.   PVP/VA Copolymer

     Considered toxic. Some individuals develop thesaurosis, which is foreign bodies in the lung,
due to inhalation of PVP in hairspray. Rats ingested intravenously with PVP developed tumors.
These cosmetic ingredients found largely in: bronzers, eye makeup, and hair products.

7.   Sodium Lauryl Sulfate

         A detergent, emulsifier, and wetting agent. It is drying and often irritating to skin.
Associated with eczema. The CIR Expert Panel is reassessing it for safety. This cosmetic
ingredients is commonly found in bubble baths, emollient creams, cream depilatories, hand
lotions, permanent waves, shampoos, soaps, and toothpastes.

8.   Sodium Laureth Sulfate

        Acts as a water softener and a foaming and wetting agent. Often in products designed for
mildness, such as baby shampoos. Yet it leads to eye and skin irritation in some. The CIR Panel
is reexamining its position on this chemical also. Sodium Laureth Sulfate is also researched to be
the harmful cosmetic ingredients. It is contained in shampoos, including baby shampoos.

9.   Stearalkonium Chloride

         Stearalkonium Chloride is found in hair conditioners and creams. The Fabric industry
developed this as a fabric softener. It softens hair, allowing easier combing. Cosmetic ingredients
like stearalkonium chloride is known to cause allergic reactions and irritation to the skin, eyes,
and mucous membranes.
10. Parabens: Ethyl, Butyl, Methyl, Propyl, and Parahydroxybenzoate

         Parabens are the most common cosmetic ingredients in skin care products. The most
widely used preservatives in the United States; they may cause skin rashes and other allergic
reactions. Studies show they possess mild estrogen-like qualities. They are an estimated 75-90%
of all personal care products. These harmful cosmetic ingredients can be found in: baby
preparations, cleansers, deodorants, eye-products, lotions and moisturizers, make-up, personal
lubricants, nail products, shampoos and other hair products, and sunscreens.

11. Petrolatum

                Petrolatum is also known as petroleum jelly. Purified petroleum is common to
moisturizers and other cosmetic products. It forms an oily layer on the skin that prevents
moisture evaporation. It purportedly smoothes and moisturizers skin, but often has the opposite
effect. It causes allergic reactions in some. Petrolatum is one of the most used cosmetic
ingredients. Found in: baby creams, conditioners, creams and moisturizers, makeup, nail
products, and wax depilatories.

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