7 Ingredients to Avoid in Makeup and Skincare Products

By Priyanka Dixit

Hello everyone,

Hope you all are doing very well in your lives. Today I am back with yet another interesting article. We all keep asking each other to stay away from chemicals, but we are never too sure about which particular chemicals to stay away from. Since skin care plays such an important role in our lives, I am listing down some of the worst chemicals that you must stay away from when it comes to your skincare and makeup products.

7 Ingredients to Avoid in Makeup and Skincare Products

Synthetic Colors

articial colors in cosmetics

Did you know these colors are made with coal tar and petroleum? These synthetic colors are very harmful and can cause skin irritation and diseases like ADHD. These colors are used in products that are supposed to make us pretty, but these colors and such products need to be avoided at all cost. You can find these in hair dyes too. If any of your cosmetics has a label called FD&C or D&C, stay away from them for they may cause cancer too.


Aren’t we all aware of parabens, already? These are the preservatives that prevent the growth of bacteria, yeast and mold in cosmetics. But, parabens apparently possess estrogens that may, in the long run, increase the risk of breast cancer. Parabens are often used in everything from toothpaste to face wash to all sorts of makeup products.

Chemicals in Sunscreen

bad suncreen ingredient

Dermatologists cannot emphasize enough on the importance of sunscreens. Sunscreens typically act to prevent the absorption of UV rays by our skin, but it has become truly impossible to claim which one is the best for you. Since not all formulas are created equal, it’s better to do a patch test. Seriously, when it comes to sunscreens, you cannot really judge the ingredients by just looking at the list. How good or bad a sunscreen is for you depends on the fact that how the amalgamation of all the ingredients reacts on your skin. Still it is best to avoid Oxybenzone, Octinoxate, Retinyl Palmitate, Homosalate and, of course, parabens.

Artificial Fragrance

The term ‘fragrance’ or ‘perfume’ is usually listed as a compilation of many chemicals on the ingredient list. In the cosmetic industry, over 3000 chemicals are present that can be used to create fragrances in cosmetics. Fragrance these days are widely added to skin care products so that they appeal masses but these fragrances are really harmful for your body. Each time you apply a fragranced product, you develop chances of getting skin irritation, runny eyes and other common


formaldehyde in cosmetics

This is a colorless and flammable gas that’s being used in cosmetics widely these days. It’s also often used in the production of fertilizer, paper, and plywood, as well as used as a preservative in antiseptics and medicine, among other products. These days, it is widely being used in skin care products and makeup too. From hair loss to skin allergies to cancer – this widely used chemical can cause hamper your health and beauty both.


Triclosan can be absorbed easily by your skin, nose and mouth, although in a small amounts. It is typically used in toothpaste and soaps, and can affect pregnant women and children a lot. This particular chemical can easily lead to Endocrine disruption. Stay away from it too.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES)

sls rich products

This surfactant is used in about 90% of our skin care and body care products. This is an inexpensive detergent and is very commonly used in face washes, face scrubs, soaps etc. Why you should stay away from it is because SLS is used in garage floor cleaners, engine, degreasers, car wash soaps etc too. Do you need more reasons to quit it?

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