Here are SkinOwl's top FIVE ingredients to stay away from, with concern to skincare and cosmetic ingredients:
Cocamidopropyl betaine - Note: This is a synthetic chemical that can cause eye and skin irritation, is a likely skin allergen, is a known human immune system toxicant and there are concerns regarding nitrosamine contamination, which may cause cancer and is a suspected environmental toxin.
Disodium laureth sulfosuccinate - Note: This is an ethoxylated surfactant which is usually contaminated with a potent carcinogen.
Hydrolyzed soy protein - This is MSG. Even in skin care it can cause migraines, upset stomach, fuzzy thinking, diarrhea, heart irregularities, asthma, and/or mood swings. It can exacerbate neurodegenerative diseases such as ALS, Parkinson's disease, and Alzheimer's disease. It is a neurotoxin that crosses the blood-brain barrier. Fun huh?
Butylene glycol - Note: A strong skin, eye & respiratory irritant. May cause drowsiness, lack of coordination, endocrine system alterations and reproductive brain and nervous system effects. "
Disodium EDTA - enhanses skin penetration, allowing other toxic ingredients to penetrate further into the skin than they otherwise would, increasing their toxicity.
Phenoxyethanol - Note: A cheap synthetic carcinogen from China which is dangerous to the brain and nervous system. Note: It's often used by companies who want to make a "Paraben-Free" or "Phthalate-Free" claim.
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