The ingredients lists on cosmetic bottles and containers can read like a foreign language and it is often difficult to decipher which ingredients are safe and which should be avoided. There are many common cosmetic ingredients to avoid, such as Parabens, Triclosan and Sulphates to name a few.
Parabens come in the form of Methyl, Butyl, Etyl and Propyl. These are used as preservatives and due to their low cost, are used extensively in many cosmetics and ‘beauty’ products. As they mimic human estrogen, these products have been linked to breast cancer, although there has been no conclusive proof to date.
On the safe side it is best to avoid products that include these ingredients.
Common cosmetic ingredients to avoid: TRICLOSANS
Triclosan can be found as an ‘antibacterial’ agent in many soaps, detergents, toothpastes, acne treatments, deodorants and mouth wash, amongst other personal body products. Triclosan kills bad bacterias – but also good bacterias.
Triclosan has the potential to disrupt the normal function of the endocrine system and thyroid-effecting hormone levels. Triclosan accumulates in the body and is stored in human body fat.
Triclosan reacts with the chlorine found in drinking water, and forms into dioxins, which have shown to be a probable cause of many cancers.
Common ingredients to avoid: SULPHATES
Sulphates such as Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLES) are foaming agents commonly used in soaps, shampoos and bubble baths and the likes. These ingredients are derived from the ‘sulphuric acid’ family and have been developed as oil-stripping agents.
They strip the natural oils from the skin and hair and can cause skin irritations such as rashes, dryness, roughness and flaking of the skin.
Sulphates are absorbed through the skin and are stored in the body and builds up within the heart, brain and liver. Sulphates can mimic the human estrogen hormones and are linked to cancer as well as other health issues.
When buying body products always check and re-check the ingredients labels. Parabens, Triclosans and Sulphates are common cosmetic ingredients to avoid.