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5 ingredients that are major red flags in beauty products


Even if you’re not good at spotting red flags in men, you need to know how to do it with your beauty routine. Unlike the European Union, which has one of the strictest cosmetic regulatory laws in the world, products sold in Indian markets are not very well regulated. This means that some harmful ingredients can reach your skin care vanity through products. We have compiled a list of these red flag beauty ingredients that you should check the label before purchasing.

1. Parabens – Preservative

Found in a multitude of skincare products, parabens are artificial preservatives that help extend the shelf life of beauty products. Since cosmetics use a lot of minerals and perishable formulas[desarabènessontajoutéspouréviterladétériorationetsontdouxpourlesproduitsL’ingrédientlui-mêmeestasseznocifpourlapeaucarilpeutentraînerdesfissuresungonflementetunebarrièrecutanéeendommagées’ilestutilisépendantunelonguepériodeOpterpourdesproduitsavecdesconservateursnaturelspermetdes’assurerderespecterladatedepéremptionindiquéesurl’étiquette[arabensareaddedtoavoidspoilageandmildontheproductsTheingredientitselfisquiteharmfultotheskinastocanleadtocrackingswellingandadamagedskinbarrierifusedforalongtimeOptforproductswithnaturalpreservativescanmakesuretofollowtheexpirydateonthelabel[desarabènessontajoutéspouréviterladétériorationetsontdouxpourlesproduitsL’ingrédientlui-mêmeestasseznocifpourlapeaucarilpeutentraînerdesfissuresungonflementetunebarrièrecutanéeendommagées’ilestutilisépendantunelonguepériodeOpterpourdesproduitsavecdesconservateursnaturelspermetdes’assurerderespecterladatedepéremptionindiquéesurl’étiquette[arabensareaddedtoavoidspoilageandmildontheproductsTheingredientitselfisquiteharmfultotheskinastocanleadtocrackingswellingandadamagedskinbarrierifusedforalongtimeOptforproductswithnaturalpreservativescanmakesuretofollowtheexpirydateonthelabel

2. Synthetic perfume – Additive

FYI, the artificial scent of your cherry lip balm makes your lips darker! Usually referred to simply as “Fragrance” or “Parfum” on the label, synthetic fragrances can cause skin irritation, inflammation, tenderness, and darkening. Formulated from petroleum or crude oil, these chemicals should be a big no-no in your routine; especially if you have sensitive skin. the trick is to go for scent-free products, as some natural scents can also cause sensitivity.

3. SLS / SLES – Foaming agent

If your beauty product is foamy, chances are it contains SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate). A foaming agent also found in clothing detergents, SLS / SLES can remove essential moisture from your skin and hair and make it very dry. It’s also an unnecessary irritant added to products – cleansers and shampoos without them are just as good at adding good cleansing action to your routine.

4. Formaldehyde – Preservative

yet another sneaky preservative that’s often added to skin care products, formaldehyde releases like DMDM, hydantoin, methylene glycol, and 3 dioxanes are red flags to watch out for. Often found in nail polish and eyelash glue, exposure to formaldehyde can cause skin irritation, itching, and peeling. Formaldehyde liberators in hair care products are particularly harmful; exposure to them in a salon environment is a specific cause for concern.

5. Talc – Mineral additive

Typically found in setting powders, blushes, eye shadows, and matte lipsticks, talc is used to absorb moisture from the surface it is applied to. It is also used to lighten pigments in products which is why it is used so widely. But talc is quite harmful when used in beauty products, the particles can rub against your skin and cause irritation. It is also not recommended for people with respiratory problems; which means it is better to go talc-free with your beauty.


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