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Toxic Ingredients To Avoid In Beauty Products

Posted on November 08 2016

There is nothing attractive about having a body full of poison. Toxins are everywhere. They are hidden in your food, beverages as well as your beauty and personal care products. These synthetic chemicals that do more harm than good and are absorbed into your body slowly increasing the toxicity of the most important thing you own...you. 

Unfortunately, the biggest offenders are the most widely used. Finding products with healthy ingredients is like finding a diamond in the rough. Knowing what to avoid will transform you and your shopping habits. Here's what you need to know. 

Sodium Laureth Sulfate / SLS or SLES

Found In - Shampoo, conditioners, styling products, soap, cleansers, body washes, toothpaste, mouthwashes, and anything that lathers

Sulfates make bubbles giving you a squeaky clean feeling by stripping your body and hair of the natural oils. Over time sulfates can alter normal skin behavior causing it to absorb at a faster rate decreasing the skins resistance. We wash our bodies daily so using cleansers (hair, body, hand and mouth) that are free from sulfates, which can cause skin irritations, is one way to show your skin a little love. Finding cleansers without sulfates has become a little easier as more companies (like Femme Noire) are opting to remove it from their formulations or avoid it all together. 

Parabens

Found In - Shampoo, conditioners, styling products, gels, soap, cleansers, body washes, body care, toothpaste, shaving cream, cosmetics, and makeup. 

Parabens are preservatives that slow the growth of bacteria & mold in water based products like conditioners. Most all beauty products need some form of a preservative to prevent nasty stuff from growing, but there are safe alternatives to parabens. Parabens, decreases menstrual cycles and birth weight of babies with high levels of parabens in their blood. Private studies have found parabens are linked to cancer, hormone disruption, and reproductive issues. Kiss bacteria and unwanted health issues goodbye by using beauty products with paraben free preservatives. 

Phthalates

Found In - Shampoo, conditioners, styling products, gels, hair color, soap, body washes, body care, lotions, creams, moisturizers, deodorants, feminine products, nail polish, perfume, makeup, cosmetics and basically anything with fragrance

Women's hormones can be crazy. The last thing we need are hair and body creams loaded with phthalates which can disrupt our already sensitive hormone balance. Some studies have linked phthalates have been linked to breast cancer and if there is one thing women need less of, it's breast cancer. Women of child bearing age pose the biggest risk when exposed but the truth is everyone likely has detectable levels of phthalates in their body. 

It's impossible to avoid every poisonous chemical in the world. However, you can make an effort to decrease your exposure through your choices. The best thing you can do is be an informed shopper who reads labels and makes conscious choices to maintain a sexy healthy body. Just incase you're wondering about what is in Femme Noire products peek at the full ingredient list

If you prefer to walk on the wild side...try this dangerous group of cuties singing some of the best toxic love songs. Then let me know which is your fave and what other ingredients you stay away from.

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