Cosmetic and Skincare Ingredients to Avoid

Choosing safer products for our skin is a must since we will be using them every day. We are already been exposed to the harmful chemical in our environment due to some sources like pollution, pesticides, cigarette smoke, and more so we need products that will help us to protect our skin from those dangerous chemicals.

Choosing a safe product for your skin starts with a company by being transparent to the ingredients that they were using. You have the right to know as a consumer what penetrates your skin while using it.

Now, here are the Top 8 Harmful Ingredients that you MUST avoid


This can contain carcinogens, allergens, endocrine disruptors, and irritants which is not really good for your skin.


Examples of parabens are  methylparaben, proplyparaben, isopropylparaben, and isobutylparaben. Parabens are known as endocrine disruptors which can lead to hormonal imbalance and can cause breast cancer.


Considered as a preservative in a cosmetic. This is known to be a carcinogen that is also connected to asthma, neurotoxicity, and developmental toxicity.


This ingredient is added to plastics to keep them from becoming brittle. It is also known as endocrine disruptors that can cause hormonal and reproductive problems.

Polyethylene Glycol

Also known as PEG and is often contaminated with ethylene oxide which is a carcinogen and 1,4-Dioxane which can cause respiratory problems.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate

These ingredients are considered surfactants that can cause skin irritation and trigger allergies. It is believed that it is also a carcinogenic component.


Which is found in nail polish and hair dyes. It is also known as Butylated Hydroxytoluene or BHT. It can be toxic to the immune system and linked with brain toxicity that’s why this ingredient is also harmful during pregnancy.


This is a very toxic ingredient. You MUST not buy any skincare or cosmetics that contain lead because there is no safe level of lead exposure - even a little bit can be dangerous. Lead is considered a neurotoxin and causes reproductive and hormonal issues for both men and women.

Make sure to always check the ingredients of your cosmetics and skin care products before buying. It's always better to be safe than sorry.