Because the cosmetics industry is poorly regulated, and the FDA is lax regarding the types of ingredients that skin care and cosmetic companies can put in their products, you need to be extra vigilant about reading labels. Skin eliminates waste and toxins, but if you keep applying toxic ingredients to your skin, it can get clogged and won’t be able to do its job, leading not only to dull, unhealthy skin but possibly to serious health issues down the line, including cancer, hormone disruption, asthma, depression and genetic defects. Serious stuff.

Read the ingredient list on ANYTHING you put on your body — shampoo, lotion, shaving cream, deodorant, makeup and more. Here’s a great list of ingredients to avoid, from organicbeautytalk.com.

  • Alcohol, Isopropyl (SD-40)
  • DEA (diethanolamine), MEA (Monoethanolamine) & TEA  (triethanolamine)
  • DMDM Hydantion & Urea (Imidazolidinyl)
  • FD&C color pigments
  • Synthetic fragrances
  • Mineral oil 
  • Polyethylene Glycol (PEG)
  • Propylene Glycol (PG) and Butylene Glycol
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) & Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES)
  • Triclosan
  • Aluminum
  • Pthalates
  • DEET
  • Dioxins
  • Formaldehyde
  • PABA
  • Para-Aminobenzoic Acid (PABA)
  • Parabens
  • Phenoxyethanol
  • Toluene
  • Camphor