Did you know that there are over 10,250 known industrial chemicals used in beauty products including carcinogens, pesticides, reproductive toxins and hormone disruptors?

Chemicals like plasticisers which keep concrete soft, surfactants which reduce tension in paint and degreasers which remove grime from car parts are found in your beauty products!

So what can we do about it? Head to the bathroom and pull out all your hair, face, skin, body, and makeup products and scrutinise all the ingredients – look out for these eight commonly found toxic chemicals - and if you see them throw them out!

1. Mineral Oil
Known as petroleum, paraffin oil, paraffinum liquidum or white mineral oil. Used in shampoos, cleansers, body lotions lipsticks and foundations, mineral oils will not only cause skin irritations but are contaminated with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons which may cause cancer.

2. Parabens
Used as a preservative to prevent the growth of bacteria, mould and yeasts. This chemical interferes with the endocrine system and male reproductive functions as well as causing an increased risk of breast cancer. Parabens are found in makeup, deodorants, shampoos, cleansers, food products and pharmaceutical medications.

3. PEG compounds
Also known as propylene glycol, it is found in sunscreens, makeup, shampoo, conditioners and hair sprays. They can cause skin irritations, dermatitis and hives and have been linked to cancer.

4. Fragrance
Commonly known as parfum, these chemical concoctions can cause asthma attacks, allergies and dermatitis, with some being linked to cancer and reproductive system issues. Fragrances are found in perfumes, aftershaves, shampoos and conditioners, body washes and moisturisers.

5. Sodium laureth sulphate (SLS or SLES)
These are cancer-causing chemicals which can be found in over 90% of skincare and cleaning products. You will find them in toothpaste, shampoos, cleansers and bubble baths to create foam. This is why when using natural shampoos, you don’t get that ‘foaminess’ like the cheap chemical laden brands – which is a good thing!

6. Phthalates
Found in cosmetics and personal care products, nail polish, perfumes, lotions and hair sprays. They have been linked to breast cancer, early breast development in girls and congenital disabilities. Look out for common names such as dibutyl phthalate, diethyl phthalate or dimethyl phthalate.

7. Triclosan
Found in deodorants, toothpaste and cleansers. Triclosan is used as an antibacterial agent which has long been linked to body toxicity, thyroid and reproductive hormone disruption and heart disease. It may also contribute to antibiotic resistance in bacteria.

8. Toluene
Another petrochemical derived toxin also known as benzene, methylbenzene, phenylmethane or toluol. Commonly found in nail polishes, nail treatments and hair colour and bleaching products. Toluene is a solvent which dissolves paint. It can cause nausea, respiratory system distress and skin irritations. It has been linked to developmental damages in unborn foetuses.

Contact with synthetic chemicals is unavoidable in today’s modern society so make sure you try and limit the amount of toxins your body is exposed to by choosing organic fresh foods, drink filtered water and choose your skin and beauty products with care.

Mojo Health has over 300 skincare, beauty and makeup products containing plant-based and natural ingredients which are vegan, formulated with organic ingredients or are certified organic. Isn't it time you started to care for your skin using only the most natural of ingredients and products?

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