7 Harmful Ingredients To Watch Out for In Your Makeup

Posted by in Organic & Natural, Health & Lifestyle, Makeup

An interesting fact to know is that the first 5 ingredients listed on the product ingredient list are what makes up majority of the product. In saying this we’re also acknowledging that most of us don’t actually read the list, I mean it says it clears pores, why wouldn’t we trust it?

The problem with this mentality is that we do not realise what toxins we’re layering onto our skin. The average woman uses 12-15 products per day, exposing herself to around 150+ unique and potentially harmful chemicals that all interact with each other in unknown ways. Considering the fact that we absorb up to 60% of what we put on our skin, it really does matter what our products contain.

Chances are your skin care and makeup products have long lists of ingredients and chemicals you wouldn’t even know how to pronounce, never mind know what they actually all do. That is why it’s important to know the main ones you should be avoiding that are likely in a lot of your everyday products.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (skin, lung and eye irritant) Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is a surface-active agent, meaning that it is partially water and oil soluble, allowing oil and water to mix, and is most commonly used in shampoos for foaming effects.

However, it is also a proven skin, lung and eye irritant and it’s sister compound Sodium Laureth Sulfate is a milder version of SLS. SLS can be found in hand cream, masks, anti-itch creams, hair-removal products, and sunscreen. While SLS is not a carcinogen, it is an irritant and dermatologists do not recommend leaving it on for long periods of time.

Look for the sulphate-free label or coco-sulphate instead of SLS.

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Ouai, Smooth Shampoo, Sulphate-free, £22.00

Fragrance (parfum/linalool)

Fragrance is unfortunately, one of the most common ingredients in cosmetics. As well as attracting you towards the product, it often masks the naturally chemical scent of makeup and potentially unpleasant smell of skincare products locked away in jars.

The reason you should avoid fragrance however, is not because we think companies are evil for wanting their products to smell good, but because just like sunlight rays, fragrance is a silent killer. Not literally, though.

“You might very well be thinking that because your skin doesn't show signs of being bothered or aggravated by the fragranced products you’re using, then it must not be a problem that applies to you,” says skincare expert at Paula’s Choice. “We wish that were true but it’s still a serious concern because skin is very good at hiding when it’s being aggravated. You might not see the damage on skin’s surface, but it can be silently occurring every day.”

We recommend using fragrance-free and alcohol-free toners to avoid any long-term skin damage.

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Kiehl's, Ultra Facial Toner, £26.50

Petrolatum (also listed as petrolatum, xylene, tolune, liquid paraffin) Petrolatum is derived from, you guessed it, crude oil. This is where petroleum jelly comes from and mineral oils and other ingredients in skin care and makeup products. Whilst, most of the chemicals derived from crude oil are deemed safe by dermatologists, there is a problem with petrolatum in some products. The problem occurs when petrolatum is not fully refined resulting in it being contaminated with toxic chemicals.

Whilst you will not directly notice the presence of toxic chemicals, they do have an accumulative effect, coming up later in life as skin problems. Instead using Goe Oil, which is an organic and natural alternative to petroleum jelly.

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Jao, Goe Oil, £46.50

It is also particularly important to avoid any irritants and harmful chemicals if you have sensitive or acne prone skin as well as any skin problems. To find the right personalised products for your skin care routine take our quiz!