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7 of the scariest health & beauty ingredients for kids

According to the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics these are the top 7 chemicals you should avoid when it comes to health & beauty products for your kids.  

1. Benzophenone & Related Compounds 

Benzophenone is used in personal care products such as lip balm and nail polish to protect the products from UV light. 

WHAT TO LOOK FOR ON THE LABEL:

Benzophenone, ingredients containing the word benzophenone (for example benzophenone-2), BP# (for example BP2), oxybenzone, sulisobenzone, sulisobenzone sodium.

2. Carcinogens in cosmetics

A wide variety of products, depending upon the ingredient 

HOW CAN YOU AVOID CARCINOGENS IN COSMETICS?

Read labels and avoid cosmetics and personal care products containing formaldehyde and formaldehyde-releasing preservatives (quaternium-15, diazolidinyl urea, imidazolidinyl urea, DMDM hydantoin, and 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3 diol), phenacetin, coal tar, benzene, untreated or mildly treated mineral oils, ethylene oxide, chromium, cadmium and its compounds, arsenic and crystalline silica (or quartz). 

3. Formaldehyde and formaldehyde-releasing preservatives

Nail polish, nail glue, eyelash glue, hair gel, hair-smoothing products, baby shampoo, body soap, body wash, color cosmetics. 

WHAT TO LOOK FOR ON THE LABEL:

Formaldehyde, quaternium-15, DMDM hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea, diazolidinyl urea, polyoxymethylene urea, sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol (bromopol) and glyoxal. 

4. Fragrance

Most personal care products including sunscreen, shampoo, soap, body wash, deodorant, body lotion, makeup, facial cream, skin toner, serums, exfoliating scrubs and perfume.  

WHAT TO LOOK FOR ON THE LABEL:

Fragrance, perfume, parfum, essential oil blend, aroma.

5. Lead & other heavy metals

Lip products, whitening toothpaste, eyeliner, nail color, foundations, sunscreens, eye shadows, blush, concealer, moisturizers, eye drops. 

WHAT TO LOOK FOR ON THE LABEL:

Lead acetate, chromium, thimerosal, hydrogenated cotton seed oil, sodium hexametaphosphate. Note: products that contain contaminant metals will not list them on ingredient labels. 

6. Octinoxate

Hair color products and shampoos, sunscreen, lipstick, nail polish, skin creams. 

WHAT TO LOOK FOR ON THE LABEL:

Octinoxate,o methoxycinnamate (OMC), parsol, parsol MCX, parsol MOX, escalol, 2-ethylhexyl p-methoxycinnamate. 

7. Phenoxyethanol

Moisturizer, eye shadow, foundation, sunscreen, conditioner, mascara, eye liner, shampoo, lip gloss, concealer, body wash, hand cream, blush, hair color, hair spray, lip balm, lotion, nail polish, baby wipes, baby lotions and soaps, soap (liquid and bar), shaving cream, deodorant, toothpaste, fragrance, hair removal waxes, hand sanitizer and ultrasound gel.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR ON THE LABEL:

Phenoxyethanol, 2-Phenoxyethanol, Euxyl K® 400 (mixture of Phenoxyethanol and 1,2-dibromo-2,4-dicyanobutane), PhE 

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