Top 10 Most Dangerous Ingredients in Beauty Products

Do you really know what you put on your skin? Your skin is the largest organ in your body, and it absorbs everything including toxins. If you are concerned not to use cosmetics full of synthetic and dangerous components then you’ll definitely want to know which toxic ingredients in beauty products you should watch out for in the products you use.
Synthetic Fragrances:

They more frequently labeled simply as “fragrance”. I suggest you to avoid products that list fragrance as an ingredient, because there’s no actually way to tell what chemicals are in the product. People can get headaches, dizziness, rashes, and respiratory problems from them.

Synthetic Colors:
Top 10 Most Dangerous Ingredients in Beauty Products

They will be labeled as FD&C or D&C, followed by a color and a number (example: FD&C Red No. 6 / D&C Green No. 6.). The synthetic colors used to supposedly make a cosmetic “pretty”. They contain heavy metal salts that may deposit toxins onto the skin, causing skin sensitivity and irritation. If a cosmetic contains synthetic colors, better use it as bath decoration, don’t use it on your skin.

Synthetic Polymers:

They are often added to cosmetics to change their consistency. They are highly processed and their manufacture creates toxic by-products.

Parabens (Methyl, Propyl, Butyl and Ethyl):

Used as a preservative to inhibit microbial growth and extend shelf life for product. They can cause allergic reactions and skin rashes.


Petroleum-based ingredients such as petrolatum glycol and paraffin (derived from nonrenewable sources) have been known to cause allergic reactions, hives and eczema. When you see PEG (polyethylene glycol) of PPG (polypropylene glycol) on labels, beware – these are related synthetics.


Such as sodium lauryl and sodium laureth. This synthetic substance is used in shampoos for its detergent and foam-building abilities. Often derived from petroleum, sulfates can also come from coconut and other vegetable oils. You can frequently fined it labeled as “comes from coconut”. Sulfates can cause eye irritation, skin rashes and allergic reaction.

Stearalkonium Chloride:

This toxic chemical was designed by the fabric industry for use as a fabric softener. Companies use it in hair conditioners and lotions because it’s much cheaper than use natural conditioning ingredients. Avoid it!


Known as diazolidinyl urea, imidazolidinyl urea, or DMDM hydantoin and sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, are often used as preservatives, the American Academy of Dermatology has found these chemicals to be a primary cause of contact dermatitis (irritation caused by foreign substance) and skin irritations.


These are “amines” (ammonia compounds). Used as foaming agents, synthetic stabilizers, and to adjust the pH of cosmetics, they can cause allergic reactions, eye irritation, and dryness of the hair and skin.

PVP/VA Copolymer:

This is a petroleum-derived chemical that’s used in hair styling products and some cosmetics. Toxic!

Actually I was shocked when i found these ingredients almost in everything: lotions, shampoos, conditioners, perfumes, baby care products(!), sunscreens, toothpastes, nail products, and deodorants. I suggest you to check now and clear-out your house from harmful cosmetics to make space for cosmetics worthy for your shelf!

P.S. I listed the common ingredients which can be found even in so called “natural” skin care products. I decided not to mention them all because the list would be too long.  So if you will find suspicious ingredient on a product label check it here. It’s a website of the University of Vermont, they have search engine that helps you to find chemicals that directly originated from the manufacturer.

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