How to identify toxic ingredients in the cosmetics you use

Cosmetic products are applied to both the body and the face. They range from creams for the body and face, all kinds of makeup to hair products, such as shampoo or conditioner.

However, the most important thing is to be aware that everything that our skin absorbs reaches the body. Therefore, it is really important to pay attention to the products we choose so as not to endanger our health.

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In general, the toxins found in products, even over-the-counter, are often associated with allergies, irritations, acne, dermatitis, among other. The easiest way to identify toxic ingredients and thus be able to avoid substances that are harmful to health, is simply by reading their labels when we go to the pharmacy to buy them.

So take note, these are the most common toxic ingredients that we can find in cosmetics:

– Formaldehyde

– Sodium Lauryl / Laureth Sulfate

– Mercury

– Petroleum / Paraffin

– Hydroquinone

– Phthalates

– Parabens

– Benzalkonium

– Triclosan

– Coal tar

– Synthetic fragrance

– Propylene Glycol / Polyethylene Glycol

– Polyethylene glycol

– Phenoxyethanol

– Cocamide / Triethanolamine / Diethanolamine

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In addition to being attentive to the labels of the products, there are also some apps that can help identify harmful substances easier and faster.

For example, Ingred, EWG’s Healthy Living, and Think Dirty. With them you can measure the level of toxicity of cosmetic products, scan their barcodes and thus know their composition. All these applications can be found on both Google Play and the App Store.

Despite knowing and applying all these precautions, there is always the option of directly replacing commercial products with natural cosmetic options.

There are more and more options that use organic, vegan, tacc-free and cruelty-free ingredients. They can be found in dietetics, some pharmacies or different enterprises. In this way we help the environment and our health!

And you, do you pay attention to the ingredients that make up your cosmetic products?