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Six Toxic Beauty Ingredients You Must Avoid

Read that label carefully

By Sherazade Khan

Did you know that a lot of makeup products out there, use deadly ingredients such as carcinogens, pesticides, reproductive toxins, and hormone disruptors? I guess not. Make sure to thoroughly read the labels on your skincare and beauty products before buying them, because skin is a porous layer. In short, it has teeny tiny holes which easily let in harmful chemicals in your body.

Which chemicals should you avoid at every cost?


Used as a preservative, this one is found mostly in moisturizers and makeup. It’s suspected to be an endocrine disruptor. These disruptions can cause cancerous tumors, birth defects, and other developmental disorders as well as derail the hormonal system. Yikes!

Coal Tar Dyes

Watch out for any ingredient called p-phenylenediamine and colours listed as Cl followed by a five digit number. This ingredient is often found in hair dyes and has the potential to cause cancer. It can also be contaminated with heavy metals which are hazardous for the brain.

Dibutyl phthalate

Used in some nail care products as a plasticiser, this ingredient is also suspected to be an endocrine disruptor, which can cause abnormalities in your hormones. Not only that, it is also a reproductive toxin and can affect your reproductive health.

Imagine, not being able to have a healthy baby just because you used a sub-par product on your nails.


We are seeing more and more cosmetics that say ‘paraben free’, so those are the ones you want to go for! This chemical is used in a variety of products as a preservative and again, is a suspected hormone disruptor which may also interfere with male reproductive functions.

Sodium laureth sulphate & sodium lauryl sulphate

Most often found in foaming cosmetics such as shampoos, cleansers and bubble bath, these can be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane which may have cancer causing properties.


Used in antibacterial products such as deodorants, toothpastes, and cleansers, this chemical is a suspected endocrine disruptor and may also contribute to antibiotic resistance in bacteria. That’s no good for anyone!

Sure, most of the ingredients listed above are ‘suspected’ to be harmful, but they definitely pose a threat to marine life and wildlife. And when it comes to your body, respect it and treat it well. Why should anyone take a risk? Wouldn’t you rather be safe than sorry?