Carcinogens, how can we limit our exposure while finding better options?

Every day we come in contact with a wide variety of chemical cocktails from our personal care products, makeup, cleaning supplies and laundry, air fresheners and perfumes. Many of us choose products just based on a recent ad, social media post or by its smell but have you ever wondered what actually makes up a formula and what are the impacts on our health?

Today will focus on the key ingredients to avoid in the new year to keep you and the planet healthy. When looking for healthier product options look for eco-friendly formulas and avoid the following ingredient that has been shown to be carcinogenic and-or potentially cause hormone disruption, developmental and reproductive toxicity. From an environmental perspective, some of these ingredients are what we refer to as forever chemicals that lead to bioaccumulation and ecotoxicity.

Sulphate, this foaming agent disrupts your skins hydro-lipid barrier allowing other ingredients to penetrate. It has also been linked to contact dermatitis. Avoid sulphate based detergents in your products to maintain healthy skin.
Phthalates are commonly found in products containing fragrance but are rarely labelled. Phthalates have been liked to hormone disruption. Look for formulas that are phthalate-free.

Formaldehyde is used in hair straightening formulas and commonly used in nail polishes, mascaras and shampoos. It is also used as a slow-release preservative. Formaldehyde and formaldehyde-releasing preservatives are listed as; quaternium-15, Diazolidinyl urea, Imidazolidinyl urea, DMDM hydantoin, and 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3 diols.

Unfortunately, not all products will label the ingredients used and it can be difficult and time-consuming to research. There are specific associations that you can trust like INCI Ingredient list, Ecocert COSMOS, GMP certified laboratories. These third-party partners? They guarantee truth in labelling and ensure the safety and security of their formulas. In the move towards transparent labelling and truth in advertising, they are the gold standard.