Top 12 Ingredients to Avoid in Skincare Products

Do you have a list of the top 12 ingredients to avoid in your skincare products?  I used to love my body care products, and the more fragrant the better.  I had no idea what was in my skincare products, and honestly, I didn’t care!  Before I was introduced to Lemongrass Spa Products, I had no clue how harmful some of the ingredients in those products were (except that I shouldn’t ingest them!).  When Lemongrass Spa announced the list of the Top 12 Ingredients to Avoid in personal care products, and I compared the list to the products I was currently using, my eyes were opened.  And once you know, you can never UN-know!  Now I feel like it is my job to educate others on the importance of being INGREDIENT DETECTIVES!

Having a company that you TRUST is so important.  Lemongrass Spa is the EASY BUTTON!  You can’t go wrong with ingredients like Activated Charcoal, Apricot Kernel Oil, Caffeine, Cocoa Butter, and Coconut Water.   I encourage you to print out this list of the Top 12 Ingredients to Avoid. Compare it to the ingredients in your current products, and if there’s anything you’re not comfortable with, replace that product with a clean product when you run out!

Top 12 Ingredients:

1. Parabens or anything ending in ‘paraben’

Hormone disruptor has been found in breast cancer cells. Prevalent in lotion, shampoo, shaving cream, sunscreen,
makeup and baby wash.

2. Mineral oil

Byproduct of the petroleum industry, clogs pores, not beneficial for skin.

3. ‘PEG’ and items ending in ‘-eth’, 1,4 dioxane

Allergens, toxic contaminants, linked to cancer. Prevalent in shampoo, hair spray, skin crème, sunscreen and baby soap.

4. Sodium lauryl or laureth sulfate

Skin damage or reactions, toxic contaminants. Found in shampoo, hair detangler, body spray, lotion and liquid soap.

5. Triclosan & trilocarban

Damage to environment, thyroid disruptor, skin irritation and dryness. Prevalent in antibacterial soap and hand sanitizer.

6. Synthetic fragrances

Many fragrances contain formaldehyde, hormone disruptors and phthalates. Companies have a choice to use no
fragrance or natural scents that do not contain these toxins.

7. Formaldehyde & ammonia; diaminobenzene

Toxic to humans! Often found in nail polish, nail polish remover, hair dye and some perfume.

8. Oxybenzone and cinnamates

Many disrupt hormone levels, while damaging cell protein and DNA. Found in a variety of sunscreen lotion and
sunscreen spray, marketed especially for use in children.

9. Methylcloroisothiazolinone

Allergens, harmful to nervous system.

10. Retinyl palmitate & retinol (vitamin A)

Nutrient that may damage DNA and speed the growth of skin tumors when used topically. Often found in anti-aging
skincare.

11. Hydroquinone

Skin-lightening chemical that inhibits the production of melanin. Linked to cancer, organ toxicity, irritations. Popular
ingredient in skin-lightening creams.

12. D.E.A, T.E.A and M.E.A.

(diethanolamine, triethanolamine and monoethanolamine), are ammonia-based compounds used as emulsifiers and foaming agents in cosmetics, shampoos, soaps, body washes, shaving creams and sunscreen. The International Agency for Research on Cancer warns that DEA can react with nitrites in other products to form a carcinogenic combination. TEA and MEA are also believed to pose the same danger.

Finally, here are where some of those harmful ingredients like to hang out.  I hope this makes it easier for you to choose clean skincare products!  Remember, once you know, you can’t un-know!

If you’re looking for the easy button, check out Lemongrass Spa products!  We promise never to include any of the Top 12 Ingredients to Avoid in our skincare products: http://www.ourlemongrassspa.com/larimer. To read more about clean haircare products, check out my blog on Lemongrass Spa Haircare Collection.