Cosmetic ingredients to avoid at all costs! List of 185….

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Cosmetic ingredients to avoid at all costs! List of 185….
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Take nothing for granted, even the big brands sell cosmetics containing potentially dangerous substances: endocrine disruptors, allergens, parabens, etc. The French consumer group “UFC Que choisir” analysed the composition of over a hundred commonly used cosmetics -toothpastes, shampoo, deodorant, creams, etc. The results, published in February 2016, showed that over 185 products contained toxic substances, allergens, irritants or endocrine disruptors. For more information, read on!

Allergens: damaging to your health

Gentlemen, be aware that men’s products are also affected! To start with, 62 of the products analysed contained different allergens, and 55 contained methylisothiazolinone (MIT), a preservative which can cause allergies, which is now often used to replace parabens since these were surrounded by controversy. It is also an irritant, especially when added to products that are not rinsed off, but which stay in prolongued contact with the skin. “UFC Que Choisir” published two practical lists to be aware of, one with 26 allergens frequently in cosmetics and the other a list of endocrine disruptors to be avoided.

Several allergens can often be in the same cosmetics, for example: Anise Alcohol, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, Cinnamal, Cinnamyl Alcohol, Citronellol, Eugenol, Coularin, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, etc.

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The following is a list of 26 Fragrance Allergens Designated by the European Union.

  • Alpha isomethylionone
  • Amyl cinnamal
  • Amylcinnamyl alcohol
  • Anisyl alcohol
  • Benzyl alcohol
  • Benzyl benzoate
  • Benzyl cinnamate
  • Benzyl salicylate
  • Butylphenyl methylpropional (Lilial)
  • Cinnamal
  • Cinnamyl alcohol
  • Citral
  • Citronellol
  • Coumarin
  • Eugenol
  • Farnesol
  • Geraniol
  • Hexyl cinnamal
  • Hydroxycitronellal
  • Hydroxyisohexyl 3-cyclohexene carboxaldehyde (Lyral)
  • Isoeugenol
  • Limonene
  • Linalool
  • Methyl 2-octynoate
  • Evernia furfuracea (Treemoss) extract
  • Evernia prunastri (Oakmoss) extract

“UFC Que Choisir” also identified a list of substances to be avoided. They recommended that it is even more important to avoid the following substances when they are not rinsed off. They should be scrupulously avoided for children under 3 years of age They should also be completely avoided by adolescents and pregnant women.

  • Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate (irritant)
  • Benzophenon-1, Benzophenone-3 (endocrine disruptor)
  • BHA (endocrine disruptor)
  • Butylparaben, potassium or sodium butlyparaben (endocrine disruptors)
  • Cyclopentasiloxane, cyclotetrasiloxane (endocrine disruptor)
  • Ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate (endocrine disruptor)
  • Methylcloroisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone (allergens)
  • Phenoxyethanol (toxic for the liver, although this substance doesn’t seem to pose any risk to adults)
  • p-Phenylenediamine (and substances in which the name contains “p-phenylendiamine” -allergens)
  • Propylparaben, potassium or sodium propylparaben (endocrine disruptors)
  • Sodium lauryl sulfate (irritant. Sodium laureth sulfate is less irritating)
  • Triclosan (endocrine disruptor)

Endocrine disruptors which merit their name

We call them endocrine disruptors because they are molecules that mime, block or modify hormonal activity: they disrupt the normal functioning of your body.

Of all the products analysed, 101 products contained endocrine disruptors in varying quantities, including 44 containing Ethylhexyl-Methoxycinnamate, a UV filter that disrupts the functioning of the thyroid and the hormones secreted by the ovaries, but which is still authorised to a level of 10% in many common cosmetics: perfumes, makeup removers, hair products, etc.

Triclosan, Ammonium Lauryl sulfate, Sodium Lauryl sulfate, Benzophenone 1 and 3, BHA,  Butylparaben, potassium or sodium Butylparaben, Cyclopentaslloxane are among the endocrine disruptors to be avoided in your cosmetics.

185 toxic products, including those from big brands!

These substances which are thought to be dangerous are found in big brand products as well in the brands of major distributors.

Among the 26 products that contain parabens, are: 3 Roc products, 2 from L’Oréal, as well as 21 other common brands.

Baby wipes haven’t been spared either, with 8 branded products that contain phenoxyethanol, a preservative which is toxic to the blood and liver for babies and infants under 3 years of age. Never use wipes containing phenoxyethanol, phenoxytol or EGPhE. 

Be wary of labelling! Despite many products being labelled “hypoallergenic”, certain such cosmetics have been shown to contain methylisothiazolinone or MIT, one of the most potent allergens. Even the French health protection service recommends avoiding wipes containing this substance.

Despite demands from consumers and repeated warnings from toxicologists and dermatologists, cosmetic manufacturers have still not changed their ways. In the mean time, avoid buying products containing allergens and endocrine disruptors.

You can find the full list created by ‘UFC Que Choisir’ on their website.

Sources : Youscribe, UFC Que Choisir, Futura Sciences, ConsoGlobe