Dangerous Skin Care Ingredients: What’s Hiding in Your Products?

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Shampoo, shower gel, moisturiser....basically everything that you put on your body MAY contain chemicals that are harmful to your health.

But if they sell something on a store shelf, it must be safe, right?  Wrong.

Standards for the cosmetics industry are incredibly loose in most countries, and many preservatives, dyes, fragrances, etc., are actually kind of toxic.

And what's worse is that "natural" in the cosmetics industry doesn't actually mean anything.

Think you use a natural product?

Flip around the bottle to check.  If you find all sorts of synthetic chemicals in there that's because of a phenomenon called "greenwashing" (where companies present themselves as 'green' and 'natural', but they really aren't). ​

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Some Facts + A Few of the Most Common Dangerous Skin Care Ingredients

The reason that we need to be aware of what we put on our skin is this: What you put on your skin gets absorbed into your bloodstream FASTER than what you eat.

Not comfortable eating synthetic chemicals that help give a product an 8-year shelf life (like parabens)?  Then why are you putting them on your skin?

Here is just a short list of the worst potential toxins that may be lurking in your personal care and cosmetics products.

  • Parabens are preservatives that have been found in breast cancer tumors.
  • SLES and PEG-compounds may be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane.  1,4-dioxane is a possible human carcinogen (i.e. possibly causes cancer) and is banned as an ingredient but can be found in many products as a contaminant.
  • MEA, DEA, and TEA compounds are possibly contaminated with nitrosamines, which have caused cancer in more than 40 animal studies.
  • Long term exposure to phthalates (used as a binding agent in fragrance) can cause liver and kidney damage.

Safe Skin Care?  How To Tell What is Safe and What Isn't

There are 2 ways that you can get rid of potential toxins in your products for good.

  1. Learn how to read labels.  You can pick up your FREE label-reading guide here and learn how to quickly & easily identify the worst cosmetic toxins.
  2. Use a product that is CERTIFIED organic.  If it is certified by a third party, like the USDA (the United States), the ACO (Australia), or the IFOAM (International), then there are strict regulations that have to be followed.  You can get your hands on my favourite certified organic, safe skin care products HERE.


  1. Great article, thankyou 🙂

    1. Glad you found it helpful, Samantha! 🙂

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