The smart consumer’s guide to toxic bathroom products
shutterstock When it comes to our beauty and personal care regime, we’ve all got our favorite tried and true brands. But have you ever considered what your go-to products could be doing to your health? The answer might surprise you. We’ve rounded up six potentially toxic ingredients found in common products that you should watch out for. We’ve also outlined how they affect your health and how to use them safely. Here are 31 secrets the beauty industry doesn’t want you to know.
shutterstock This naturally occurring gas is a preservative in some hair products. Liquid versions are called methylene glycol and formalin.
Safety Status: The EPA and Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) regulates significant new uses of formaldehyde. Although America has nationwide limits for formaldehyde emissions from composite wood products, there is no restriction for beauty formulas that contain formaldehyde in the U.S.
Smart Use: You may see the carcinogenic element listed as methylene glycol, but professional products don’t have to disclose ingredient lists like over-the-counter products do. Watch out for formaldehyde-releasing preservatives like diazolidinyl urea, generally found in face and hair care, and quaternium-15, which is often embedded into face makeup—particularly powders. Check out these 16 everyday products that pose huge health risks.