Toxic Ten to Avoid

Going Green: Savvy Skincare


The Environmental Working Group's Cosmetic Safety Database, Skin Deep, recommends avoiding these ingredients, which have been shown in studies to produce negative health effects:

1. Ceteareth and PEG compounds: Can contain carcinogenic contaminants

2. DMDM Hydantoin: Immune system toxicant, skin toxicant; may irritate the eyes, skin or lungs

3. Formaldehyde: Birth or developmental effects, organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), reproduction and fertility effects

4. Fragrance: Could contain phthalates or other suspect chemicals

5. Parabens: Organ system toxicity; reproductive, fertility, birth or developmental effects

6. Phthalates: Organ system toxicity; affects endocrine system, reproduction and fertility, brain and nervous system, immune system (including sensitization and allergies) and birth or developmental effects

7. Products containing glycol or methyl: Petroleum-derived ingredients that may contain 1,4 dioxane, a known carcinogen, and whose long-term health effects are unclear.

8. Sodium Laureth/Lauryl Sulfate: Skin and eye irritant that may be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, a known carcinogen

9. Toluene: Birth or developmental effects, cancer, organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), reproduction and fertility

10. Triclosan: Toxicity related to endocrine system, immune system (including sensitization and allergies), reproduction and fertility

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