We read our food packaging labels, so why shouldn’t we know what to look out for on our cosmetic labels.
We have provided a list of ingredients to look out for on your cosmetic labels as well as how to avoid these ingredients.
- Synthetic Fragrance, to avoid synthetic fragrances look for products that say “no fragrance added, phthalate free or do not have “Fragrance” listed in the ingredients list.
- Parabens, avoid products that contain methylparaben, propylparaben, isoprene, butylparaben (any word with paraben on the end)
- Ureas and DMDM, known as diazolidinyl urea, imidazolidnyl urea or DMDM hydantoin and sodium hydroxymethyl-glycinate. Avoid these ingredients
- Sulfates, when reading the ingredients avoid products that contain dodecyl sodium sulphate, lauryl ether sulphate and even sodium salt.
- Petrochemicals, always look for petroleum free on the label or search the ingredients list for the presence of this chemical.
- MEA/DEA/TEA or amines, when reading the ingredients label look for ingredients ending in “amine”
- Triclosan, avoid unnecessary use of antibacterial products and look for products that do not contain “triclosan”
- 1,4-dioxane, skip any product with the following ingredients: myreth, oleth, laureth, ceteareth, PEG, polyethylene, polyethylene glycol, polyoxyethylene or oxynol.
- Synthetic polymers, look for sodium polyacrylate and carbomer on the label of your cosmetics.
- Chemical Sunscreens, choose a sunscreen or product with titanium dioxide or zinc oxide instead.
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