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Harmful Ingredients in Beauty and Hair Products

The personal care products are being a part of our everyday life in such a way that we cannot help ourselves using these products. We use different types of skin and hair care for the wellbeing of our beloved skin and hair. But what happens in reality that these products are not doing well to us always. Overuse or a low-quality product can be harmful to human hair and skin.

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Moreover, not all products are meant to make for all. Some products may perform well on your friend’s skin, but cannot do any good to you. It is obvious as we have different skin and hair types. Sometimes we have allergies to some specific ingredients. So, it is mandatory to know the harmful toxins or the ingredients in beauty products before buying one for you.

Harmful Ingredients in Beauty Products

Here are the top 5 toxic chemicals that are used in our regular beauty products:

Mercury in Skin Creams

This one is amazing as well as an alarming factor to the beauty products industries. After an FDA investigation in 2016, we have come to know that skin creams imported from Latin, Asian and Middle Eastern markets, contain toxic levels of mercury and other heavy metals. This is nothing but serious risk of mercury poisoning like tremor, memory problems, changes in hearing and visions, etc.

Bacteria in Mascara

Bactria is used in mascara to keep it for a longer time. But the alarming factor is that the microbes are present in 33% of most of the mascaras and these are not the innocent bacteria. Along with bacteria, fungi were also found. When you keep your mascaras in your bag or purse, heat will degrade the preservatives and make the bacteria multiply faster. So, if you use mascara a lot, try to store it in a cool place, never use one mascara more than 2-3 months.

Parabens in Lotions, Makeup, and Hair Products

Parabens are used in the beauty and hair care products to prevent the growth of the bacteria, mold, and yeast and prolong the shelf life of hair. In the beauty products, it may sound great to you but in reality, parabens do worse than we think.

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First of all, parabens estrogen-mimicking properties which are one of the reasons for stimulating breast cancer. This chemical can engross through our skin and scalp.  Besides, parabens also affect hormonal balance and cause skin irritation. Overuse of hair products that contain parabens, can result in hair loss as well. However, we strongly recommend buying your hair care product or any beauty product which is parabens-free.  

Lead in Lipstick

Lead is a dangerous ingredient for the human body. There is no safer level of lead and it should be at 0 in percentage level in order for a product to be safe. If you lick your lips, eat anything wearing lipstick or kiss someone that would be a serious issue as the lead gets into your body.

Phthalates in Fragrances and Nail Polish

Phthalates are extremely common ingredients that can be found in most of the nail polish and fragrances. This chemical helps products absorb into the skin and causes thyroid disruption, infertility and reduces the sperm count for men. However, Phthalates are found in fragrances and nail polish. Beware of using too much of these products.

Harmful Ingredients in Hair Products

Harmful Ingredients in Hair Products

Here are the top 5 harmful toxic ingredients that are used in our regular hair products:


Sulfates are the number one prohibited ingredient from hair experts and dermatologists. These ingredients are mostly used in the shampoos as they are very good at making foams and cleaning like detergent. You may think that the shampoo which produces nice foam and lather in your hair are generally good at cleaning. 

But ladies, remember from today that sulfates cause separation of skin layers, damage immune system, make rashes on the scalp and intensify the skin by making it dry and irritated.

At a minimum, sulfates can strip the essential oils from your hair, break down protein and interrupted healthy hair growth.  The worst form of sulfates is Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulfate. So, never forget to check whether the sulfate is in the ingredient list or not on the label of the shampoo.

Formaldehyde in Hair Straighteners

Formaldehydes are found in hair straightening products like keratin-based hair straightener, Brazilian Blowout, etc. Many companies and labels on the products claim of being “formaldehyde-free” though, after a thorough test, formaldehyde was found in many hairs straightening products. Formaldehyde is unhealthy for humans and may create asthma, neurotoxicity, etc.

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If you apply keratin based hair straightener for a few times a year, that would be okay. But more than that can be harmful to you.

Cocamide DEA in Shampoos

Cocamide DEA is used mostly on the thickening shampoos and conditioners. It is often found in shampoos and people think it as a good ingredient as it is derived from coconut oil. But actually, it is a modified version of the natural form of the coconut oil which is actually an unnatural toxic. However, this ingredient had been added on the list of chemicals known to be linked to cancer in 2012, by the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA). So, beware of using any product that uses Cocamide DEA.

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Silicones in Shampoos and Conditioners

Silicones are not that much of the enemy of our hair but it has no long-term benefits either. It actually functions like petroleum. It can coat your hair and make it waterproof which can keep the locks from soaking up humidity. The coating also makes the hair shiny, polished and easier to comb. But after time goes, it becomes sticky and weighed down the hair strand, which completely will destroy your hairstyle and your mood. At some point, your hair can get limped and dulled.

Isopropyl Alcohol in Anti-freezing Conditioners

Isopropyl Alcohol is mostly found in some conditioners today, which is used to make reduce frizziness of the hair. But the conditioners with this ingredient in it ae very harmful as it can trip the hair of its natural oils and cause damages. However, in fact, all alcohol should be avoided in especially when it is in your conditioner or any hair products. So, never forget to check the ingredients listed on any beauty products label and avoid alcoholic products by any means.


Do not forget that your body is like your temple. Do not use such chemicals that can harmful to the temple and you get sick. Or it can be your beloved skin and hair will get damaged.

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Skin and scalps absorb bad chemicals. After days of using bad chemicals on it, it will become spoiled that will be irreparable in most of the cases. So, beware of the ingredients we have discussed above, avoid the products that include harsh chemicals never forget to check the ingredients list on the product’s label before buying.

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Reader Interactions


  1. Good morning,

    This piece of the informative article is amazing. I wonder where you get such innovative and interesting ideas to write. This article is an eye-opener for many of us and would help us to understand how dangerous and damaging the products we are using in our daily lives. You have included all the necessary information to understand this topic perfectly.

    However, while I was going through the writing, I felt something was missing. And then I realized that you didn’t mention any product. I would have loved to see some product recommendations, especially in this blog. I think this would have increased the readability by several notches.

    Nevertheless, I cannot deny the fact that it’s an excellent piece of writing. Every woman should read it at least once.

    Keep up the good works guys.

    Best wishes!

    • Dear Lydia,

      First of all, thank you very much for your kind and sweet words. We are overwhelmed with your feedback.

      Secondly, we didn’t recommend any products because we thought it would crowd the writing. However, we will keep your suggestion in mind and write accordingly in the future.

  2. Hi,

    After reading your article, I was very skeptical about my face moisturizers and investigated their ingredients list right away. None of my creams and lotions has mercury in them. Is it possible that it comes in any other name or these companies don’t use mercury at all?

    It will be very helpful if you answer my queries.

    I am very much tensed.

    • Dear Laurie,

      Thank you very much for such an important question. In almost all the cases, cream and lotions label don’t have the mercury in their ingredient list even though it is present in the cream. Manufacturers hide the fact to increase their appeal to the customers.

      Mercury is mostly present in skin whitening and bleaching creams. Avoid them completely if you don’t want skin cancer.

      We hope this would help you.

  3. This article has been a true friend. I never knew that shampoos contain so many harmful ingredients. I always try to use sulfate-free shampoos but now as I read through the article, I am thinking to use only natural ingredients in my skin and hair care routine.

    Thank you very much for such an incredible piece of writing.


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