Beauty product marketing is a BIG business. Companies will go to any length to sell their products, sometimes even distracting you from the actual ingredients with pretty packaging, nice smells, and buzz words. But, to ensure your health, reading labels is key – unwanted ingredients like sulfates, parabens, and pthalates are found in so many common products!
As you’re looking at the products on your local store shelves, ask yourself, “Is this really worth my money?” In many cases, it is filled with chemicals that will do more harm than good.
Here is a list of the top three most common concerning ingredients that pop up in skincare and hair care products, as well as how they’re used and what they can do to your body.
These are often in shampoos and toothpastes and include Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Ammonium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, and TEA-Lauryl Sulfate.
Sulfates are known skin irritants, but that’s not the only reason to avoid them. Studies have shown that sodium lauryl sulfate can cause significant skin irritation and allergic reaction in mice.
When it comes to shampoos, studies have found even more alarming results, including the assertion that SLS/SLES is a “severe irritant for the skin, eyes, and mucous membranes.” Studies have also found it can also cause significant damage to the natural proteins in hair.
These are often in makeup and skincare and include Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Isopropylparaben, and Propylparaben.
Studies have found that parabens are linked to cancer, particularly breast cancer. There is also research on the relationship between parabens and fertility.
One study showed that people with high amounts of parabens in their system had a 30% lower success rate of fertilization.
These are often in fragrances and include Dibutyl phthalate and Diethyl phthalate.
Phthalates have been shown to cause damage to the liver, kidneys, lungs, and reproductive organs in animal studies.
In addition to those risks, it may also be a human endocrine disruptor. This means that the chemical can interfere with how hormones signal our cells, which can cause many health problems.
Your skin is the largest organ on your body, and while it’s considered to be an organ, it’s really a very advanced sensory mechanism. That means that when you put something on your skin, it can get absorbed pretty quickly—usually within 24 hours.
So if you’re buying something with sulfates, parabens, or phthalates, those chemicals will be absorbed by your skin and potentially cause damage to your body. Because of the dangers associated with these ingredients, you want to choose skincare products that are free of them.
Clean Rebellion is a clean beauty line focused on making simple, organically made products. We are specifically focused on making high-quality, affordable products for everyday women. Our products are always free of sulfates, phthalates, and parabens. We only use natural scents derived from essential oils and our ingredients are of the highest quality.