5 Nasty Ingredients to Ban from your Skin Care

Let’s be honest, how many of you actually take the time to read the ingredients label of a beauty product? Although we wouldn’t be surprised if you did, a majority of people don’t – because realistically if people did, all beauty and skin care brands would be vegan by now.

We’re not going to tell you that you should stand in the skin care aisle in Sephora for 10 minutes critically analyzing every ingredient. Instead, we’d rather you take a quick peek. To make it easier on you, we’ve gathered a concise list of ingredients that are absolute no-no’s when it comes to anything beauty. 


Formaldehyde preservatives are used in many cosmetic products to help prevent bacteria growth. This chemical was deemed as a human carcinogen, meaning it has been linked to cancer. It is also known to cause allergic skin reactions and it may also be harmful to the immune system. It can be found in nail polish, body washes, conditioners, shampoos, cleansers, eye shadows, nail polish treatments.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate

The name just sounds bad doesn’t it? That’s because it is. SLS is an ingredient found in many cleaning and beauty products – already seeing a red flag aren’t you? It lowers the surface tension between ingredients, which is why it’s used as a cleansing and foaming agent. So  most likely any product you have that foams SLS. Don’t see it on the label? That’s because SLS can be worded a number of ways, such as sodium dodecyl sulfate, sulfuric acid, monododecyl ester, sodium salt, sodium salt sulfuric acid, sodium dodecyl sulfate, aquarex me or aquarex methyl. You know that saying, if you can’t pronounce it – it’s probably not good for you. Like most chemicals, the higher the percentage, the worse it gets. 


Parabens are a group of preservatives that prevent the growth of bacteria, mold and yeast in cosmetic products – which simply means it helps to increase the shelf-life of a product. Doesn’t sound that bad right? Well, they do more than that. Parabens are easily absorbed into the skin and can cause a number of issues. They can mimic estrogen in the body disrupting our delicate hormonal balance. They’ve been linked to breast cancer, and since they act as a hormone disruptor they can lead to reproductive and fertility issues.They can be found in makeup, body washes, deodorants, shampoos and facial cleansers.


Petroleum is used as a barrier to lock moisture in the skin and it is also used in hair care products to make your hair shine. Again sounds pretty good right? Well unfortunately like the other ingredients mentioned, it can cause cancer. In fact, the European Union considers petroleum a carcinogen (aka a cancer-causing mineral) and restricts its use in cosmetics.

Synthetic Fragrances

We’re all for having a product smell amazing, but with that comes the danger of synthetic fragrances. Although you might not know exactly what makes up said fragrance, just think of it as a concoction of a ton of chemicals that are hazardous to your health. Fragrance mixes have been associated with allergies, dermatitis, respiratory distress and potential effects on the reproductive system. It can be found in many products such as perfume, cologne, conditioner, shampoo, body wash and moisturizers (but not in ours).

For a list of all our ingredients, visit the Ingredients page on our website.