Going organic is the new fad in town. From opting for an organic diet to using organic cosmetics, people have slowly, but consciously shifted their preferences to all things natural. While organic products are generally more expensive than their conventional counterparts, they are safe and eco-friendly.
However, not all products with labels that scream ‘organic’ may stand true to their claim. Therefore, before heading to buy organic products, you need to do some quality research and learn to read the labels. Enlisted below are a few harmful ingredients that should be completely avoided to get the very best of your organic purchase.
Formaldehyde is a colourless and flammable gas that is widely used in cosmetic products to protect against contamination of bacteria during storage.
The gas is commonly used in eyelash glues, soaps, make-up, shampoos, lotions, hair gels, nail polishes, etc. The chemical often triggers allergic reactions and its prolonged usage is bound to harm the brain and interfere with growth and development in children.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) or Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) are most commonly found in shampoos, face washes, shower gels, etc. They are used to create a thick lather, but they also absorb the moisture from the hair and skin.
Constant use of sulfates can weaken the hair structure, thus leading to breakage. They have been used in studies to induce mutations in bacteria. These sulfates can impair the structural formation of eyes and can cause permanent damage.
Parabens are a group of chemicals extensively used as preservatives in cosmetics such as the face, body moisturizers, body wash, mascaras, anti-ageing serums and cleansers.
Also known as Methylparaben, Propylparaben and Butylparaben, the chemicals are a low-cost synthetic preservative that is widely used to extend the shelf life of the product, and also keep ingredients fresher for longer. Parabens may harm human health by contributing to the development of cancerous tumours.
Almost all skincare products contain synthetic substances like petroleum. Therefore, when you buy a cosmetic product, check for ingredients such as paraffin wax, mineral oil, toluene, benzene, phenoxy-ethanol, etc.
All these components are harmful to the body. Petroleum products are known to cause cancers and their excessive use has also resulted in anaemia, kidney degeneration and nerve damage.
Almost every product that is commonly used in our day to day life such as soaps, shampoos, perfumes, nail polish, hair spray and moisturizers contains phthalates.
Phthalates are used as a plasticizer in products such as nail polishes (to reduce cracking by making them less brittle); di-methyl-phthalate (DMP), used in hair sprays (to help avoid stiffness by allowing them to form a flexible film on the hair); and di-ethyl-phthalate (DEP), used as a solvent and fixative in fragrances. Increased exposure to phthalates can have an adverse effect on human reproduction and development.
While all of us love soaps and other cosmetics that smell good, these artificial fragrances are made with low-quality synthetic chemicals which replicate the natural aroma of products that already exist in nature. Most products use synthetic chemicals to induce the fragrance, however, they can cause skin irritations and rashes.