Skincare Ingredients to Avoid


Avoid products with very long ingredients lists and in particular, avoid products with an ingredients list you cannot understand!



Why: Unless it is listed as ‘alcohol’ it has been denatured by chemicals. Denatured Alcohol comes from petroleum, it is extremely drying and irritating and if used over long periods can bring on premature aging of the skin.

Names Such As: ethanol, methanol, benzyl alcohol, methyl alcohol


Aqueous cream

Why: Can make eczema and other skin conditions worse and contains SLS


Sodium Benzoate

Why: Has the ability to accelerate the aging process.



Why: It is the by-product of the bees honey comb, not easily absorbed into the skin.



Why: Causes allergic reactions and can become toxic if used over long periods of time. Names Such As: Triethanolamine (TEA), Monoethanolamine (MEA), Diethanolamine (DEA) (Cocamide DEA, DEA-Cetyl phosphate, DEA Oleth-3 phosphate, Stearamide MEA, Cocamide MEA, Lauramide DEA, Linoleamide MEA, Oleamide DEA, TEA-Laurel Sulphate).



Why: Is a chemical soap substance used to bind water and oil so you don’t have to shake before use, once the water has absorbed into the skin the soapy substance is left behind to dry out your skin and age you faster.

Names Such As: polysorbate, stearate, steareth



Why: It can be one of up to 4,000 toxic or carcinogenic ingredients. They interfere with your hormones causing hormonal imbalance, linked to allergies in children, can cause headaches, dizziness and skin irritation.

Names Such As: fragrances, parfum



Why: Very drying and irritating, strips the skin leading to premature aging and spots. Names Such As: isopropyl alcohol.



Why: comes from the grease extracted from sheep’s wool and any chemicals used on the sheep’s wool can possibly leave traces in the production of the lanolin.



Why: Derived from crude oil and linked to breast cancer in women, they work like plastic food wrap. Locks everything in and locks everything out preventing your skin from breathing. Names Such As: petrolatum, mineral oil, paraffin


Why: It is derived from crude oil is linked to cancer and prolonged use causes premature aging.

Names Such As: polyethylene glycol, polyoxyethylene



Why: It removes moisture from the skin and can irritate the eyes.

Names Such As: propylene glycol and butylene glycol



Why: They interfere with your hormones causing hormonal imbalance and is linked to cancer, can lower sperm count and is linked to osteoporosis.

Names Such As: methylparaben, propylparaben, ethylparaben, butylparaben



Why: It is a chemical preservative dervived from petrol used to replace parabens. It disrupts hormones and is linked to cancer.  It is a skin irritant and a contact allergen.



Why: It is a plasticiser. They can alter the hormone concentration of breast milk and can cause allergies in infants.

Names such as:



Why: They work like plastic food wrap. Locks everything in and locks everything out preventing your skin from breathing. Using for long periods can cause irritation.

Names Such As: dimethicone, cyclomethicone and other ‘cones’


Sulfates Laureth and Lauryl Family SLS

Why: Originally developed to clean tanks, currently used to wash cars, garage floors and degrease engines. They are harsh chemical soaps that strip your skin of natural oils leaving it very dry and if used over long periods can bring on premature aging of the skin.

Names Such As: sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), sodium laureth sulfate (SLES), SLES, ALES, SLS, ALS or the term ‘Derived from coconut’. Ammoniums are also derived from SLS.



Why: Can cause cancer and disrupt hormones, can lead to liver, kidney, lung failure and paralysis. So toxic that the effects are measured in parts per trillion. To me and you that one drop to 300 Olympic size swimming pools.



Why: Derived mainly from pigs and also from other slaughtered animals.


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