5 Toxic Ingredients in Cosmetics to Ditch Now

5 Toxic Ingredients In Cosmetics To Ditch Now
Did you know that 94% of all life on Earth lives in the ocean? That is something that should make us stop to think about our options. Don’t you think? All the soaps and ingredients that we use in our daily lives are not also making Mother Nature unhappy, but the chemicals found in these products are also harmful to our skin.Today we are here to talk about toxic ingredients to avoid in cosmetics, and how to choose natural products that are are safe for your skin, but will also make you feel gorgeous (I promise). Honestly, the brands I am about to show you are just as effective as the ones you’ll find in supermarkets. In fact, since I started using more natural skincare and haircare products, I feel great about my choices and I can tell that the products are amazing too! But it’s also great to know that I also not harming the environment or the animals when doing so.Here are some of my discoveries when it comes to toxic ingredients to avoid, as of right now, as I have many friends who have asked me this question but never have enough time to explain things properly. So here goes!

SULPHATES

PARABENS

PHTALATES

PETROLATUM and PEGs 

 

First of all, let’s about about all these 5 components that you should avoid at all costs.

  • Sodium Lauryl Sulphate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate. These components are what make soaps foamy and will give you that sensation of “cleanliness”. However, it’s also what causes your eye to get irritated if a little gets in it, its ingestion can cause a whole lot of trouble, as well as skin dehydration and irritation.
  • Parabens. Used as preservatives, they are not always labeled. They are commonly used in deodorants and other skin care products, and they have also been found in breast cancer tumors.
  • Phthalates. Unfortunately many brands don’t label this ingredient. But health effects include damage to liver, kidneys, birth defects, decreased sperm counts and early breast development in girls… and boys!
  • Petrolatum, or Propylene Glycol, is derived from petroleum plastics. It is so dangerous that its manipulation requires special gloves, clothing, goggles, and can only be disposed of by burying. It is recommended not to get in touch with it to avoid body abnormalities. Its little brother, PEGs, stands for Propyethylene Glycol, which is an ingredient responsible for skin irritation and allergies. PEGs are derived from  Propylene Glycol and this derivative releases dangerous levels of dioxin and You will find it in all soaps, creams… but also in baby creams and sunscreens.

 

As a general rule, look for products that contain Aloe Vera, which is a natural moisturiser. Glycerin is perfectly fine, as long as it’s plant-based and not derived from pork! All kinds of essential oils have amazing benefits for our skin. Essential Oils have been used for centuries, and remember that sometimes, simple is better.

 

And here are my top favourite toxic-free brands, which do not contain any of these ingredients. I really do absolutely love them!

 

SUKIN

5 Toxic Ingredients In Cosmetics To Ditch Now

 

I absolutely love the shampoos by Sukin, an Australian skincare and haircare brand that is just doing everything right. They are 100% Vegan and 100% Carbon Neutral. On the above picture, you’ll see I use their Facial Scrub, their Foaming Facial Cleanser (my favourite so far), the Hand Cream (which I LOVE), Micellar Cleansing Water, but also their Rosehip Day Cream, their Detoxifying Clay Masque, their Antioxidant Eye Serum, and the Nourishing Chia Seed Oil +.

 

I use their Shampoo and Conditioner and I’m super happy with them. Definitely recommend them if you want to use a gentle wash without any nasty chemicals. Here is what they claim:

 NO Alkyl Ether Sulphates (Sodium Laurel Sulphate)

NO Alkyl Ether Sulphates (Sodium Laureate Sulphate)

NO Synthetic Fragrances

NO Animal Derivatives

NO Harsh Detergents

NO Propylene Glycol

NO Artificial Colours

NO Triethanolamine

NO Mineral Oils

NO EDTA

NO Parabens  

 

They are mainly composed of Water, Aloe Vera, Soy protein, Wheat protein, Rosehip, Chamomile, Nettle, Burdock, Tangerine, Mandarin, Lavender and Vanilla.

 

INIKA
5 Toxic Ingredients In Cosmetics To Ditch Now
Inika’s philosophy is ‘Pure. Natural. Flawless’. It’s another Australian skincare and makeup brand that specialises in 100% Vegan and Eco-Friendly makeup but still trusted worldwide for stylishly natural women everywhere. Inika has won 35 awards for product excellence, by outperforming even non-organic brands. In my opinion, Inika has definitely smashed the myth that natural makeup has to compromise on performance on fashion.Their advanced botanical formulas are gentle on the skin, and have been designed to hydrate and nurture healthy skin while avoiding synthetic chemicals and are cruelty-free. What else?Inika only uses natural ingredients of the finest quality to produce their makeup! Australian botanicals and pure minerals are the base of their components, which will help your skin breathe underneath the layers of makeup. Here is what they claim:

NO Petrochemicals or Synthetic Substances 

NO Ingredients of Animal Origin

NO Talc or Bismuth Oxychloride

NO Parabens

NO Synthetic Fragrances or Colorants

NO Anti-Microbial Agents

No EDTANO Parabens nor Sodium Benzoate (harmful preservatives)

NO Polyethylene Glycol (PEGS)

NO Alkyl Ether Sulphates (Sodium Laurel Sulphate)

NO Alkyl Ether Sulphates (Sodium Laureate Sulphate)

NO Mineral Oils

And many more!  

NAILBERRY
 
5 Toxic Ingredients In Cosmetics To Ditch Now
Nailberry is an award-winning, non-toxic and breathable nail polish brand that just does it right. Vegan and cruelty-free, their varnishes offer long-lasting coverage and and are free of the main 5 chemicals that are detrimental to our nails. L’Oxygéné is the name of the polishes, and this means that the natural physiology of the nails is respected, as water and air pass through it without compromising on the quality of the nail varnish. I honestly really love them! 

NO FORMALDEHYDE

NO TOLUENE

NO CAMPHOR

NO DPB

NO FORMALDEHYDE RESIN 

And you? Which are your favourite toxic-free brands that you like to use? 
With love,  
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