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7 toxic chemicals in cosmetic products you don’t know about

toxic chemicals in cosmetic products

Let’s dive into the dark side of the beauty industry, and go beyond the tempting shopping experience, the colorful packaging, and the captivating scent that comes out of the cosmetic products we use.

Let’s for once question the components contained in our beauty products. what are they made of?

Cosmetics consist of different types of components, chemicals substances and other ingredients, each of which plays a role in the final preparation.

About 400 different toxic chemicals in cosmetic products are now illegal in Europe, while they are still being legally sold and used in the United States, and other countries according to business insider.

Products with flame retardants, for example, continue to be sold and used in the US, despite the danger they represent on one’s health.

7 Toxic chemicals in cosmetic products

In fact, flame retardants are just one of a long list of hazardous chemicals that can be part of the preparations we use daily. Here are some :

Synthetic colors

synthetic colors are derived from coal tar or petroleum sources. They are suspected to be carcinogenic substances, and can cause skin irritant and are linked to ADHD in children. They will appear in the product label with the mansions FD&C or D&C.


The main reason behind adding Formaldehyde to cosmetic products is preventing bacteria growth. Labeled as a human carcinogen by The International Agency for Research on Carcinogens (IARC). It can be found in, body washes, shampoos, conditioners, nail polish, cleansers…


This is what gives the beautiful scent to cosmetics. Actually, this is a cocktail of tons of dangerous chemicals. They can be found in perfume, cologne, conditioner, shampoo, body wash, and moisturizers.


They exist in several products such as nail polish, perfumes, lotions, and hair spray. They are known to be endocrine disruptors and have been linked to increased risk of breast cancer.


An antimicrobial chemical widely used. It is known to be an endocrine disruptor especially thyroid and reproductive hormones. Triclosan can cause skin irritation as well as a number of other health problems. It Can be found in antibacterial soaps, toothpaste and deodorants.

Sunscreen chemicals

This group of chemicals function as a sunscreen agent, they absorb ultraviolet light. Sunscreen chemicals are endocrine disruptors, and they are linked to various forms of cancers and skin problems. The best known Sunscreen chemicals are Benzophen, PABA, Avobenzone, Homosalate, and Methoxycinnamate.


Parabens are preservatives added to cosmetic products to prevent the growth of bacteria, mold, and yeast.  possess estrogen-mimicking properties and are linked to breast cancer among other health dangers. They can be found in makeup, body washes, deodorants, shampoos, and facial cleansers.

A long list of toxic chemicals in beauty products can be found here.

Read the labels

It is nearly impossible to count all the toxic chemicals in cosmetic products. Nonetheless, you have to pay attention to what products you are using and what are they made of.

One way to know is to read the labels of each and every product you use to be sure they contain none of the hazardous substances that may put your health to jeopardy.

A better solution would be to opt for completely natural ingredients. Honey, cinnamon, apple cider vinegar, fruits, vegetables … are all loaded with nutrients and have the same properties as industrial products or even better.

Keep in mind .. you can be beautiful naturally.

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