Dangerous Chemicals Found In Most Personal Care Product. We don't use them in our products and why you should avoid them.


by Fresh Skin April 17, 2017

As our customers know we are proud to offer a lineup of personal care products that are safe and backed up by science to be effective. We carefully select the ingredients that go into our products and conduct excruciating research to ensure that are ingredients are safe. Many of the ingredients we use are much more expensive than the ingredients found in larger brand names found in our industry. However we deliver these more expensive products to you at lower prices than the larger brands because we care about the safety of our customers. Every once in a while we will publish a list of chemicals we recommend you avoid in your personal care products and the list of products from other manufacturers we recommend you avoid.
Here is our First list of Five Chemicals to Avoid:
As we explained earlier, there are thousands of dangerous chemicals in cosmetics and personal care products today. The following five have been selected as especially problematic based on their risk, and their widespread usage. Use this list as a guide to help you decipher if what you're buying is truly natural.
1. “Fragrance” can be one or more of 200 chemicals. Companies don't have to disclose the actual components of each fragrance, under the guise that their fragrances are trade secrets. Fragrance has been known to cause many side effects, including headaches and allergic reactions. Why put an unknown synthetic chemical on your skin when you don’t have to? The Environmental Working Group has an extensive database of cosmetic chemicals and their corresponding danger rankings. "Fragrance" receives one of the highest rankings possible in their score system. We recommend you purchase products that only use 100% all natural organic essential oils or extracts in their products like we do.
2. Methylparaben, or anything ending in “paraben.” These preservatives act like estrogen in the body, throwing off hormonal balance. Parabens have been shown to accumulate in cancerous breast tumors.  This ingredient is found in 4000+ cosmetic and personal care products including products like:
  • CeraVe AM Facial Mosturizing Lotion Sunscreen
  • Dermablend Long Wear Makeup Remover
  • Biolage by Matrix Hydrasource Daily Leave In Tonic
  • Banana Boat Kids Max Protect & Play Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 100 
  • American Crew Forming Cream
  • Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti-Aging Perfector
  • Redken Blonde Glam Shampoo
  • Dr. Murad Firm and Tone Serum
3. Tetrasodium EDTA is a chelating agent that’s made from formaldehyde and sodium cyanide. The full name of Tetrasodium EDTA is  Ethylenediaminetetraacetc Acid. This ingredient has a dubious history in the way it's made, the final chemical is not a carcinogen. It's used in small amounts in formulas as a chelating agent, binding with metals to make lotions more stable and soaps lather better without the interference of metal ions. Some animal studies have found Tetrasodium EDTA have reproductive effects, however, only at very high doses--because it's able to bind with metals, high doses are thought to pull zinc out of the body, causing deficiency and thus illness. This is not a risk when used in cosmetic items and only shows fetal reproductive effects at levels that are outwardly toxic to the mother. This ingredient is found in almost 2000 cosmetic and personal care products including products like:
  • Skin Perfection Foaming Peptide Cleanser 
  • Aveeno Clear Complexion BB Cream
  • Calvin Klein Euphoria Eau De Parfum Spray
  • Ivanka Trump Body Lotion
  • Kenra Platinum Working Wax
  • TIGI Colour Combat Colour Goddess Shampoo
  • ABBA Moisture Conditioner
  • Bliss Super-Sized Body Butter, Lemon & Sage
4. Diazolidinyl Urea readily breaks down in the product or on the skin and releases formaldehyde. It's an endocrine disruptor, a possible neurotoxin, a known immune system toxicant, and has a possible link to cancer. This ingredient is found in almost 800+ cosmetic and personal care products including products like:
  • Biosilk Volumizing Conditioner
  • Just 5 Minute Hair Colorant, Natural Rich Black
  • Almay One Coat Nourishing Lengthening Mascara, Black
  • CHI 44 Iron Guard
  • Gold Bond Foot Cream, Triple Action Relief 
  • Naturally Clear Skin Body Butter 
  • Palmer's Skin Success Oil-Free Daily Acne Treatment Lotion
  • Vitabath Moisturizing Lotion, Fresh Citrus Twist
  • Aura Revitalizing Conditioner, Cherry Almond Bark
  • Bald Guyz Daily Wash
5. Propylene Glycol, among other things, is a penetration enhancer, meaning it’s a carrier for other chemicals, bringing them into your skin and your bloodstream. It's a known skin irritant, it has been shown to cause cancer in lab tests, a possible endocrine disruptor, and a possible neurotoxin. This ingredient is found in almost 3500+ cosmetic and personal care products including products like:
  • Adidas Moves for Her, Spray Eau De Toilette
  • Alterna Caviar Clinical Daily Root & Scalp Stimulator
  • Beyonce Heat Eau de Parfum Spray
  • Borghese Fango Deep Hydration, Finishing Treatment 
  • Guess Seductive Homme Body Spray
  • Katy Perry Killer Queen Eau de Parfum Natural Spray 
  • L'Oreal Professional Texture Expert Volume Elevation Volumizing Serum-Gel, Fine Hair
  • skyn ICELAND Glacial Face Wash
  • Trump Cologne: Success by Trump Eau De Toilette Spray
  • Garnier Fructis Style Anti-Humidity Hairspray with UV Color Shield
Stay tuned for additional Installments of chemicals to avoid in your personal care, skin care and cosmetics products.



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