10 Cosmetic Ingredients to Nix from Your Beauty Regimen

Applying makeup and using a selection of creams is common in a beauty routine. Whether you use a little bit of everything or have a few simple items, have you ever thought about what these beauty products are made of? Many of them contain harmful ingredients.

Some brands of lipstick, cream, foundation, hair serums, and other common beauty items contain toxins and chemicals that can cause cancer, reproductive disorders, neurological problems, and other life-altering and life-threatening illnesses. While there’s no need to automatically dump the contents of your bathroom drawers, being informed about the products you use will help you avoid harmful ingredients.

Here are ten ingredients to nix from your beauty regimen…

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1. Formaldehyde-Releasing Preservatives

Formaldehyde and formaldehyde-releasing preservatives can be found in several beauty products, including nail polish, eyelash glue, body wash, and hair gel. Formaldehyde is added to water-based products to prevent the growth of bacteria, and is dangerous when inhaled or absorbed through the skin. On top of causing skin irritation, the United States National Toxicology Program considers formaldehyde a known carcinogen. Look for nail polish that specifically says formaldehyde-free or “toxic-trio-free” (formaldehyde, toluene and DBP) and it’s a good idea to avoid hair smoothing products altogether if you’re unsure of the ingredients.

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