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the toxic ten

the toxic ten

When my stepfather was diagnosed with cancer, my whole family joined in the effort to help him change his lifestyle. That’s when I first became aware of how many potentially harmful ingredients are in many personal care products, and what motivated me to create Tata Harper Skincare.

Although there is still debate about the long-term effects of many ingredients, some have been banned by other countries, and are even restricted for use in the United States. I want everyone to be aware of where these ingredients are used and have the choice to avoid using them. I also encourage you to do your own research into these ingredients and regulations so you can make an informed choice that’s best for you.

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Also Known As: 1,4 dioxane, sodium laurel sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate, and PEG.

Found In: Cleansers, soaps, and shampoos, as well as products that create suds.

The Health Debate: Can cause cancer and birth defects.

Regulations: Banned Canada, PEG banned inn E.U.

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Also Known As: Benzophenone, oxybenzone, sulisobenzone, sulisobenzone sodium, and ingredients containing the word benzophenone.

Found In: Lip treatments, foundations, moisturizers, and fragrances.

The Health Debate: Can cause cancer, endocrine disruption, developmental and reproductive toxicity, organ system toxicity, irritation, and ecotoxicity.

Regulations: Restricted in E.U. and U.S.

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Also Known As: Butylated hydroxyanisole.

Found In: Lip treatments, color cosmetics, and fragrances.

The Health Debate: Can cause endocrine disruption, organ-system toxicity, developmental and reproductive toxicity, cancer, and irritation.

Regulations: Banned in E.U.

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Also Known As: Triethanolamine, diethanolamine, DEA, TEA, cocamide DEA, cocamide MEA, DEA-cetyl phosphate, DEA oleth-3 phosphate, lauramide DEA, linoleamide MEA, myristamide DEA, oleamide DEA, stearmide MEA, and TEA-lauryl sulfate.

Found In: Moisturizers, shaving creams, color cosmetics, and fragrances.

The Health Debate: Can cause cancer, bioaccumulation, and organ system toxicity.

Regulations: DEA banned in E.U.

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Also Known As: Quaternium-15, DMDM hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea, polyoxymethylene urea, sodium hydroxyethylglycinate, 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1, 3-diol (bromopol) and glyoxal.

Found In: Soaps, body wash, and color cosmetics.

The Health Debate: Can cause cancer, skin irritation, and sensitization.

Regulations: Banned in Japan and Sweden, restricted in E.U. and Canada.

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Also Known As: Hydroquinone or tocopheryl acetate.

Found in: Cleansers, skin lighteners, and moisturizers.

The Health Debate: Can cause cancer, organ-system toxicity,and respiratory tract irritation.

Regulations: Banned in E.U., restricted in Canada and U.S.

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Also Known As: Ethylparaben, butylparaben, methylparaben, propylparaben, isobutylparaben, isopropylparaben, and ingredients ending in –paraben.

Found in: Cleansers, moisturizers, body washes, and body scrubs.

The Health Debate: Can cause endocrine disruption, cancer, developmental and reproductive toxicity.

Regulations: Some forms banned in Denmark.

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Also Known As: Phenoxyethanol, 2-Phenoxyethanol, Euxyl K 400 (mixture of Phenoxyethanol and 1, 2-dibromo-2, 4-dicyanobutane), and PhE.

Found In: Moisturizers, lip treatments, color cosmetics, hand lotion, body washes and soaps.

The Health Debate: Can cause allergies and nervous system effects.

Regulations: Restricted in E.U.

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Also Known As: Phthalate, DEP, DBP, DEHP and fragrance.

Found in: Color cosmetics, moisturizers, and body washes.

The Health Debate: Can cause endocrine disruption, developmental and reproductive toxicity, and cancer.

Regulations: Some forms banned in E.U.

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Also Known As: Polyacrylamide, acrylamide, polyacrylate, polyquaternium, and acrylate.

Found In: Moisturizers, anti-aging products, color cosmetics, and body lotions.

The Health Debate: Can Cause reproductive and developmental toxicity (when Polyacrylamide breaks down into a acrylamide, which is a carcinogen).

Regulations: Banned in E.U.

Cheers to knowledge, health, and beauty!

xoxo, Tata