5 Toxic Ingredients to Be Aware of In Your Beauty Products

Toxic Ingredients

The news is regularly littered with stories of food recalls and bouts of food poisoning related issues, but were you aware that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is also responsible for regulating the beauty industry as well? Unlike the food industry, the ingredients used for products you spread all over your face and body are not nearly under as much scrutiny as the ingredients you ingest. Cosmetic companies have free reign to incorporate any raw material or ingredient without so much as a glance from the FDA for any sort of review or approval. Suffice to say, many consumers are in the dark as to what they are truly slathering all over themselves, driven with the promise of a youthful and healthy appearance. Below are just a few examples of the additives you should be on the lookout for.

Formaldehyde. Sound familiar? More recognizable for preserving the dearly departed, it is used in many cosmetic products to help prevent bacteria growth. This chemical was classified as a human carcinogen by The International Agency for Research on Carcinogens (IARC) which we more commonly refer to as a substance that is capable of causing cancer.

Parabens. Parabens are yet another regularly used preservative that avert the development of bacteria, mold and yeast in cosmetic products. Parabens contain estrogen-imitating components that have been found to be associated with increased risk for breast cancer. These substances are absorbed through the skin and have been identified in biopsy samples from breast tumors.

Synthetic colors. Take a look at your product label and identify FD&C or D&C, they represent artificial colors. F — representing food and D&C representing drug and cosmetics. These synthetic colors are procured from petroleum or coal tar sources. Synthetic colors are believed to be another type of carcinogen and skin irritant.