7 Toxic Cosmetic Ingredients That Are Destroying Your Health


Study found that, the average American woman uses 12 health and beauty products everyday. The nonprofit Environmental Working Group admit, cosmetics containing chemicals with many health risks. Look at the label on your products, these skin care ingredients are a toxic collection of petroleum products, chemicals and sulphates that cause skin allergic reactions. According to science, what we put on our skin can be more dangerous than what we eat. After eating, enzymes in the saliva and stomach break down what’s ingested and flush it. However, chemicals on the skin are absorbed into the bloodstream without any filtering and effect directly our health.

7 Toxic Cosmetic Ingredients That Are Destroying Your Health


Unfortunately, these ingredients aren’t often listed on labels. Phthalates cause birth defects and also decrease sperm count in men, prompt early breast development in girls and cause damage to the liver and kidneys.


Like phthalates, dioxin doesn’t often appear on labels. It’s mostly used in antibacterial skincare products and ingredients, including triclosan. Dioxin may damage nervous system, may cause cancer, miscarriages, and it may also reduce immunity in some people.


Aluminum is most used in antiperspirant deodorants, and daily use by many people. It is classified as a neurotoxin and some study linked its to Alzheimer’s disease. Other studies found link between aluminum and breast cancer and other brain disorders.


Talc is a soft mineral used in talcum powders and cosmetic powders. Scientific studies shown that routine uses of talcum powder to the genital area is linked with development of ovarian cancer. Inhaling cosmetic powders containing talc may also be harmful for respiratory health.


Toluene is a liquid usually found in nail products and hair bleaches or dyes. It is a potent neurotoxin that can impair breathing and causes nausea. In studies, toluene also found to be associated with toxicity to the immune system and blood cancer. It might be listed on labels as benzene, toluol, phenylmethane or methylbenzene.


Lead is bad for our health. It’s a proven neurotoxin linked to miscarriage and aslo reduced fertility. It also increase stress hormones. It is generally found in lipsticks, and even whitening toothpaste.

Mineral Oil

Mineral Oil made from petroleum (crude oil), mineral oil is commonly found in face and body creams and cosmetics. Baby oil is 100% mineral oil! It coats the skin like a plastic film, clogging pores and stopping the skin from eliminating toxins, which can lead to acne and other skin disorders.


Don’t be fooled by the words ‘natural’ or ‘organic’ on the front of the label. Many products contain at least one or two natural or organic ingredients, but they may also contain harmful synthetic chemicals as well.

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Bachelor of Science, Psychology, Minor in business and liberal arts. I've written about health for more than a decade. Veteran freelance writer with expertise in health, wellness, parenting and lifestyle issues. I am passionate about educating and empowering people to achieve and maintain optimal health and is committed to providing the highest quality health care.