Ingredients to avoid in your cosmetics

Cosmetics are part of our daily lives and we consider them essential due to the function they perform. However, some may contain certain harmful ingredients that are best avoided at all costs.

Think about it… What is the logic of spending our money on products that we are supposed to use to take care of ourselves, when they are really harming us?

Knowing what they are will help you better choose each product you buy, to take care of your health as God intended.

Are there cosmetic ingredients that are dangerous?

Virtually everything we apply to our bodies is a cosmetic, this includes makeup, gels, creams, shampoos and more. Because they are widely used worldwide, you probably think that they are all safe.

But the truth is that there are some whose formula is composed of substances that are harmful that would accumulate in the body. Being aware of this will allow you to take due precautions when choosing the ones you will use for yourself.

Which are?

Chemical compounds, present in cosmetic formulas, are cheap and therefore the products are accessible. However, there are certain dangerous components that, the more they are applied, the more damage they can cause to health.

Therefore, if you want to continue using cosmetics (and we assume that you do) you must know how to identify them, in order to select cosmetics that do not include those ingredients. Of course, not all involve the same level of risk, there are those that represent a minimum and those that should be prohibited.

There are some brands like Guuds, with which you will have the security of giving your body high-quality natural ingredients.

Even so, we explain what you should take into account in the others:


Parabens (parabens) are present in a wide variety of products, such as shampoos and creams, and play the role of preservatives. When applied, these are absorbed by the blood and the skin, but they are not really harmful. As long as they are used in small amounts, there will be no problem.

However, if you want to take better care of the skin on your face, it is recommended that you use paraben-free moisturizers.

To prevent its use, check that the label does not indicate the presence of methylparaben, isobutylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben or isopropylparaben.


The different forms of formaldehyde are used to keep microbes from growing inside certain products. They are used, for example, in some mascaras; but you should opt for those that do not have it.

This is because, if it is present, there is a chance that it will cause conjunctivitis or other eye problems. So if you don't want to risk an allergic reaction, read the labels.

Be careful if you find any of these: DMDM, diazolidinyl urea, hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea, quaternium-15, bromopol or hydroxymethylglycinate.


An ingredient commonly found in sunscreens. This chemical filter is not harmful, but it can cause irritation as a result of allergic reactions.

Nasty, right?

Therefore, we recommend that you apply a small amount on your skin and see what effect it has on it. Even if the reaction is not unfavorable, we suggest you use it sparingly.


Nail polishes may contain phthalates, particularly those made in the United States or other non-European manufacturing countries. Keep in mind that its use was banned in the European Union due to the hormonal changes it generates.

Coming into contact with your body through your skin, these fixatives are toxic and dangerous. If you want to verify that your cosmetics do not have this chemical, look for a label that indicates that they are free of it.

You have probably never seen one of these labels, so…
read the ingredient list to see if it doesn't say DEP, DEHP, DBP, fragrance, or phthalate.


Another chemical frequently used in skin care cosmetics and sunscreens is homosalate. This potential endocrine disruptor has been studied and it has been revealed that it could negatively affect hormones.

In addition, it was found to promote the body's absorption of pesticides.

Therefore, we advise you to avoid products that contain homomenthyl salicylate, 3,3,5-trimethyl-cyclohexyl-salicylate, HS or HMS.


Lip varnishes and balms generally contain this chemical ingredient that could poison your body. That is because there is the possibility that it generates an endocrine alteration. Therefore, check that the acronym PBT, BP2 or BP3 are not on those products that you plan to buy.


The list of ingredients to avoid also includes triclosan, from toothpastes and soaps.

We will also find diethanolamine, a foaming agent in shampoos and gels, and toluene, which is found in dyes and enamels.

It is also not favorable to apply sunscreens or lotions that contain polyethylene glycol (PEG).

Science is progressing more and more, and sometimes, it also means sacrificing health to gain short-term effectiveness. The best option we have to win in both aspects will always be to select natural cosmetics with innovative active ingredients that provide us with a positive impact both in the short and long term.

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