Want to hear something scary? Federal regulation of the cosmetic industry does not exist in the US. In other countries, over 1,300 chemicals have been banned whereas the US has only banned 11. Since what you put on your skin can impact your health, we want to share with you some ingredients we think you should never use.
1. EDTA (ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid): This chemical is added to hair dyes and moisturizers to increase their stability and shelf-life. It has been shown to cause irritation to the skin, eyes and even lungs. It may also be toxic to our non-reproductive organs.
2. Oxybenzone: This is used in many sunscreens to help protect against UV light, however, it has been found to be damaging to our health. It acts as a hormone disrupter since it mimics estrogen and can cause such things as endometriosis.
3. Parabens: These are used as preservatives in many skincare products and even makeup. They have been shown to mimic estrogen and interfere with the endocrine system, which can cause reproductive disorders. They have also been linked to breast and skin cancer.
4. Phthalates: These are a class of plasticizing chemicals found in hair spray, nail polish, and fragrances that have been shown to be very dangerous, especially among children. They have been shown to be strong endocrine disruptors and can even cause birth defects.
These are just a few of the ingredients you should watch out for when picking your skin, hair and nail products. Unfortunately, these products can go directly from the manufacturer to the store shelves without any safety testing.
At Serum Doctor, we have made sure to use the safest and highest quality ingredients because we believe beauty should go hand in hand with your health and that your health should never be compromised.