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Healthy Skin Care

As scary as it sounds, many skin care companies are not looking out for your health the way they should be. You have to be diligent about checking your labels and looking for any ingredients that may harm your health and avoid them as best as you can. Some may just cause irritation but others have the potential to build up in your cells causing serious health problems.

Here is a list of the top ten most talked about ingredients to avoid. Let me stress that the risk with these ingredients is potential and not absolute, but about 60% of what you put on your skin is absorbed into the blood stream so you want to make sure you are using healthy ingredients that are both good for your skin and safe for your health.


Ingredient Potential Health Threat
PEG, polysorbates, laureth, ethoxylated alcohol Potential carcinogens
Propylene glycol Dermatitis, kidney and liver abnormalities, irritation, can cause eye irritation
Sodium laurel, lauryl sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate Potential carcinogens
Parabens Possible endocrine disruptors- mimic estrogen, disrupt hormonal balance, and are being researched as to whether they can cause reproductive cancers in men and women-no conclusive evidence
PABA Releases free radicals that damage DNA and can potentially cause genetic mutation when exposed to sunlight
Toluene (benzoic, benzyl, butylataed hydroxtoluene) My be related to anemia, low blood cell count, liver and kidney damage, and birth defects, skin and lung irritant. Accumulates in fat tissue.
Phenol carbolic acid May cause respiratory complications – Banned in Canada and restricted in Japan
Acrylic Acid Respiratory toxin, may cause asthma, skin irritant, kidney damage in animals
Octyl-methoxycinnamate (OMC) Kills skin cells
Mineral oil, paraffin, petrolatum Coats the skin like plastic locking in toxins. Clogs pores, slows skin cell growth, potential carcinogen, lung irritant

Written by Victoria Girard
Victoria Girard helps women all over the world improve their skin with powerful tools such as red LED light therapy, natural skin care products, and tips on living a healthy lifestyle.