Beauty Ingredients to Avoid

By January Olds

Before you choose just any skin-care product off the shelf, it is important to know what ingredients the product contains. There are certain ingredients and chemicals that are harmful to skin, as well as long-term health. It is essential to be aware of these ingredients and avoid products that contain them.

Sulfates. Sulfates can lead to drying of skin and cause irritation.

Parabens. There has been an ongoing debate about whether parabens cause cancer—protect yourself from the chance by avoiding the ingredient.

Fragrances. Avoid fragrances in skincare products as they are the main cause of irritation and allergies.

Diethanolamine and Triethanolamine. These are used as lubricants, surfactants, and foaming agents: they are also potential irritants.

Phthalates. Phthalates are added to keep a long-lasting fragrance, but they can potentially lead to cancer.