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Did you know 60% of the ingredients that we put on our skin will enter our bloodstream in only 26 seconds? While we don’t know the full impact that chemicals can have on our bodies, evidence shows that some chemicals used in cosmetics may have a negative impact on our health. Since we don’t know the full impact that these ingredients can have on our bodies (which is part of the problem) it is best to avoid chemicals in our skincare. Natural ingredients can not only make beautiful, well performing products, but they are also extremely beneficial to our skin.
Here is a list of ingredients that you won’t find at Nuciya:
BHA and BHT: Used as preservatives in skincare and makeup these are suspected endocrine disrupters and have been shown to be harmful to fish and other wildlife. BHA and BHT appear on ingredient lists and butylated hydroxyanisole and butylated hydroxytoluene.
Coal-tar: Coal tar is commonly used as a colouring agent in permanent hair dyes and makeup. It has potential to cause cancer and may be contaminated with heavy metals toxic to the brain. Coal-tar appears on ingredient lists as PPD, 1,4-benzenediamine, p-aminoaniline, p-diaminobenzene, P-phenylenediamine and paraphenylene
Formaldehyde-Releasing Preservatives: Formaldehyde is used as a preservative since it kills most bacteria. However, it is a known carcinogen and can be found in nail polish. Look for 3 free or 5 free labels. There are also fomaldehyde realsers known as: quaternium-15, DMDM hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea and diazolidinyl urea
Fragrance: Synthetic fragrances can fall under the words “perfume” or “parfum”. It is a mixture of ingredients that does not have to be released to the public. Ingredients like phthalates or parabens can hide under the umbrella "Fragrance".
Lead: Lead can be found in makeup products such as lipsticks and hair dyes. It is a toxin that affects multiple organ systems. This ingredient should especially be avoided in lipstick because it will be digested, it is also listed as an acetate on hair dyes.
Parabens: Parabens are commonly used in cosmetics as a preservative. Unfortunately, parabens mimic estrogen, are a skin irritant and have been found in breast tumors. Although there is no direct link between parabens and breast cancer it is still in our best interest to steer clear from this ingredient. Look for methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, and butylparaben on an ingredient list to avoid parabens.
Petrolatum: Also known as petroleum jelly, petrolatum is used in hair products, lip balms, lip sticks and moisturizers. It is produced in oil refineries and should be avoided because it can be contaminated with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). PAHs may cause cancer and have been linked to allergies and skin irritants.
Phthalates: Phthalates are suspected endocrine disrupter and reproductive toxicant. Endocrine disrupters affect fertility, metabolism, immune system and early development. Phthalates can also hide under the word “fragrance”.
Siloxanes: Siloxanes are used in cosmetics to soften and smooth. They are a silicone-based compound and have been linked with endocrine disruption and impaired fertility. Look for any ingredient with the suffix “siloxane”.
Sulfates: Sulfates are used as a foaming agent in shampoos and body cleansers. Sodium laureth sulfate and sodium lauryl sulfate can affect the nervous system and cause endocrine disrupters. It can be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, which may cause cancer
Triclosan: Triclosan is antibacterial and antifungal and is found in toothpastes, cleansers, and antiperspirants. It is linked to cancer, endocrine disruption, and it’s even been shown to be a skin irritant. It is best to avoid products that are labelled as “antibacterial”.