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In the relentless pursuit of beauty and self-care, we often find ourselves entrusting our skin, hair, and bodies to an array of cosmetic products. These products promise youthful radiance, flawless complexions, and luscious locks, all in the name of enhancing our appearance. However, as we delve deeper into the world of skincare and beauty, it becomes increasingly evident that not all that glitters is indeed gold. Hidden beneath the glossy packaging and alluring promises lie a multitude of potentially harmful ingredients, some of which have wreaked havoc on the unsuspecting users who sought nothing more than a bit of self-indulgence.

1. A Washington Study

Source: KING 5 Seattle/Youtube

A new study in Washington showed high levels of toxic chemicals in some very common beauty products.

2. PFAs in Cosmetics

Source: Dr Dray/Youtube

Dr Dray created a YouTube video to respond to and explain a study on cosmetics. This study found that PFAs (forever chemicals) were very prevalent.

3. Daily Makeup Products

Source: ABC15 Arizona/Youtube

A news report done by ABC15 Arizona revealed that daily products, like lipstick and eyeshadow, have the ability to cause hair loss and cancer.

4. Cancer Causing Cosmetics

Source: WCNC/Youtube

One woman got sick of the products she was using when her mom, a cosmetologist, was diagnosed with cancer. The cancer was linked to the products she was using.

5. Jojo Siwa

Source: Clevver News/YouTube

The US FDA tested Jojo Siwa’s makeup — which is targeted at young girls– has asbestos in it. This toxic chemical has the power to cause cancer and various diseases.


It’s clear that vigilance and knowledge are our most potent allies in the quest for safer, more responsible beauty products. To ensure your beauty regimen is free from these harmful substances, it’s crucial to audit your bathroom cupboard and scrutinize the ingredient lists of your favorite products. Keep a watchful eye out for the following culprits:

  1. BHA and BHT: These synthetic antioxidants are often used in skincare and cosmetics and are known to have potential health risks.
  2. Coal tar dyes: Look out for ingredients like p-phenylenediamine and colors listed as “CI” followed by a five-digit number. These can be found in hair dyes and cosmetics and have been linked to skin sensitivities and allergies.
  3. DEA-related ingredients: These compounds can be found in some shampoos, soaps, and body washes and have been associated with potential carcinogenic effects.
  4. Dibutyl phthalate: Commonly found in nail products, this ingredient is a potential endocrine disruptor and should be avoided.
  5. Formaldehyde-releasing preservatives: These are often used as preservatives in various cosmetics and have been linked to skin irritation and sensitization.
  6. Parabens: These widely used preservatives can mimic estrogen in the body and have raised concerns about their potential hormone-disrupting effects.
  7. Parfum (a.k.a. fragrance): Fragrance formulations are often trade secrets, and they may contain a cocktail of undisclosed chemicals. Opt for products that use natural fragrance sources.
  8. PEG compounds: These are used in cosmetics as thickeners, solvents, and moisture-carriers but may be contaminated with harmful impurities.
  9. Petrolatum: Commonly found in lip balms and moisturizers, it may contain potential impurities that can be harmful when absorbed by the skin.
  10. Siloxanes: These silicone-based compounds are found in various cosmetic products and have been linked to concerns about environmental persistence and potential harm.
  11. Sodium laureth sulfate: This ingredient is often used in shampoos and cleansers but can be harsh on the skin and hair.
  12. Triclosan: Commonly found in antibacterial soaps and toothpaste, it has raised concerns about antibiotic resistance and potential health risks.

By carefully examining the ingredient labels of your beauty products and steering clear of those containing these harmful substances, you can take control of your personal care routine and prioritize your health. Additionally, consider exploring alternatives that prioritize natural, non-toxic ingredients for a safer and more sustainable approach to beauty. Remember, your well-being is worth every ounce of effort in making informed choices, and a healthier beauty regimen can be your secret to lasting radiance.

Sign this petition to ban toxic ingredients from cosmetics. 

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