Skin Deep

Avoid these 8 Skincare ingredients at all costs

words by: Natasha Marsh
Dec 15, 2020

Being mindful of what you put on your skin is a form of self-care. And since 60% of what we put on our skin gets absorbed, it’s a good idea to know what to avoid. Ahead, we highlight things on our no-no list.

Aluminum

Toxic metal that can alter our endocrine system. Found in nearly all personal care products, especially deodorants.

 

Phthalates

Chemicals that increase flexibility and have lots of plastic. Usually found in fragrance oils and listed as “fragrance.”

 

Triclosan

Synthetic antibacterial that acts as a pesticide. Found in drugstore toothpaste, soaps, shaving cream and mouthwash.

 

Siloxanes

Studies find siloxanes can disrupt the endocrine and reproductive system.

 

Propylene Glycol and Butylene Glycol

Chemicals that penetrate skin too quickly that they can weaken the cellular structure of skin.

 

Parabens

Used as preservatives and can contribute to hormone imbalance.

 

Sulfates

Responsible for the suds in shampoo, body wash and shaving cream. Sulfates are made from petroleum that strip skin of natural oils and can cause irritation.

 

DMDH Hydantoin and UREA

Preservatives that can cause joint pain, skin allergies, headaches and loss of sleep.