10 Common Beauty Products You Shouldn’t Be Putting On Your Skin

    Not to freak you out or anything, but there might be horrible chemicals in practically every beauty product you use that could seep into your bloodstream and build up toxicity over time. If you're even slightly the paranoid type, this information is enough to make you want to revamp that makeup drawer.

    You might actually be more likely to absorb dangerous chemicals directly into your bloodstream through your skin than if you were to ingest them (where enzymes can break them down). If you're not convinced, the common occurrence of systemic side effects when using prescribed topically applied ointments is indicative of high absorption through the skin. Transdermal patches are becoming a common way to administer drugs because they "avoid the digestive tract completely and the drug is slowly absorbed across the skin directly into the circulation resulting in a long lasting effect."

    For many of these controversial ingredients, the FDA claims that the amount in products is not significant enough to actually do any harm, but with breast cancer rates up higher than ever, you can never be too safe.

    1. Permanent and Semi-Permanent Hair Dyes (Especially Darker Colors)

    2. Compound Henna Hair Dye

    3. Aluminum Powder in Highly Pigmented Eyeshadows and Eyeliner

    4. Vitamin A in Sunscreen

    5. Nail Polish

    6. Perfumes

    7. Brazilian Blowouts and Hair Straighteners

    8. "Natural" Products That Still Contain Harmful Ingredients

    9. Mineral Makeup

    10. Anti-Perspirants

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