In the U.S., cosmetic safety is not regulated to the extent of food and drug safety. In fact, even the FDA has an extremely limited scope of power over the methods and ingredients cosmetic manufacturers use to make the products we apply every day.

According to the FDA itself, the agency “does not have the authority to require cosmetic manufacturers to submit their safety data,” and most cosmetics “do not need FDA approval before they go on the market.” These loopholes essentially create a free-for-all market — and while we all know freedom is usually a positive, it becomes anything but when we unknowingly purchase and use contaminated beauty products on our eyes, lips, faces, and bodies.

Of course, it’s important to note, not all personal care products contain toxic synthetic chemicals. But unfortunately, when the burden of honest manufacturing and marketing falls solely on commercial producers themselves, it’s no surprise that some bad apples tend to prioritize cost-effectiveness and profit over public health and safety.

Even when certain additives are “generally recognized as safe,” they can be contaminated with toxic byproducts such as known carcinogens. When we’re exposed to these on a regular basis, whether applied topically or inhaled via the air, symptoms such as headaches, inflammation, fatigue, and even longer-term health issues can occur. This is no small concern when we look at strong evidence from studies such as one conducted by the Environmental Working Group, which found that the average U.S. adult uses 9 personal care products containing a total 126 unique chemical ingredients each day.

Harmful toxins cannot be easily metabolized, and when they start to accumulate inside the body, this ultimately takes a toll on its critical functions. This is why detoxification is so important. Start today by checking the labels on your lotion, soap, powder, hair gel, deodorant, mascara, you name it… Just do what you can to avoid these common unfavorable ingredients.

1. Fragrance

Our favorite products often include fragrance or perfume… after all, who doesn’t like to smell good after slathering on a luxurious lotion or soap? Unfortunately, labeling requirements for scented products are slim: in most cases, they must only be marked with the catch-all “fragrance” or a similar variant; manufacturers are not required to specify which ingredients they use to achieve this. Because these mystery blends can often be irritating to the skin, the safer bet is to stick with fragrance-free options.

2. Coal tar

Coal tar can be found as an additive in some hair products and dyes. According to the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, it is a byproduct of coal burn-off and is a known carcinogen — in other words, it has the potential to contribute to cancer. Unlike certain other harmful ingredients, the FDA is unable to interfere with coal tar hair dyes for safety reasons as long as each product includes a specific warning label.

3. Parabens

Parabens act as preservatives in several cosmetic and hygiene products, but they also carry a potential breast cancer risk due to structural similarities to estrogen.

4. Talc

While talc used to contain cancer-causing asbestos, it has since mostly been made asbestos-free. However, because cosmetic ingredients are not closely monitored, it is still best to avoid talc whenever possible (especially in the genital area). Look out for it in powdered products including some foundation, baby powder, eyeshadow, and more.

5. Petroleum

Petroleum jelly carries less harmful potential when it is pure and fully refined, but once again, it can be difficult to know for sure whether or not many cosmetic products are safe. Because petroleum jelly is a derivative of oil refining, any trace toxins left behind can turn an otherwise OK product into a carcinogenic one.

6. Triclosan

Antibacterial soaps generally include triclosan because of its germ-killing properties. Among the ingredient’s laundry list of potentially harmful side effects are potential toxic effects on the liver, as well as contribution to thyroid function issues and bacterial resistance to antibiotics.

Avoiding toxins can be a daunting task. NaturKur is here to help can help you navigate it. We can test for toxins, work with you to clean up your household and personal care routines, and ultimately improve the function of your detoxifying organs for maximum defense. Contact us to learn more about our comprehensive 4-Week Detoxification Package and discover how much better you feel once you begin eliminating internal toxin buildup!