If you've started to notice that governments aren't doing that great of a job regulating the ingredients finding their way into our food supply, you'll be equally appalled about the basically non existent regulation of cosmetic and skin care products. The\u00a0fact is, skin is our largest organ and\u00a0absorbs over 60 percent\u00a0of what we put on it\u2014and if our skincare products have naughty ingredients, then these harmful chemicals go directly into our bloodstream!\u00a0There are, without a doubt, hazardous and toxic ingredients in skincare products. Please, check your labels for what goes on your skin the same way you check your food labels! I've rounded up a list of the worst and most common offenders for toxic skincare ingredients.\r\nHazardous and Toxic Skincare Ingredients\r\nParabens\r\nUsed as a preservative, parabens are found in many products. Parabens are estrogen-mimicking, and linked to cancer, endocrine disruption, reproductive toxicity. (OMG! We're actually putting this on our skin?!)\u00a0Traces of paraben have been found repeatedly in breast tumor tissue. The estrogen mimicking can wreck all sorts of havoc on your body,\u00a0\u00a0causing infertility, reproductive, and developmental disorders. Firmly on the stay away list!\r\n\r\nWhat to look for on the label: Keep an eye out for these prefixes ->\u00a0\u00a0Propyl-, Isopropyl-, Butyl-, and Isobutyl-\r\nFragrance\r\nMany products list \u201cfragrance\u201d on the label, and do not have to say what it is because it is considered a trade secret, so we often do not know the specific ingredients that make up a \u201cfragrance.\u201d This lack of disclosure prevents consumers from knowing the full list of ingredients in their products. We do know that some fragrances are linked to serious health problems such as cancer, reproductive and developmental toxicity, allergies and sensitivities. Unfortunately fragrance can be found in most personal care products including sunscreen, shampoo, soap, body wash, deodorant, body lotion, makeup, facial cream, skin toner, serums, exfoliating scrubs and perfume. \u00a0Opt for fragrance free options whenever possible.\r\n\r\nWhat to look for on the label:\u00a0Fragrance, perfume, parfum, essential oil blend, aroma. (more info)\r\n1,4-Dioxane aka \u2018the silent killer\u2019\r\nResearch shows that 1,4-dioxane readily penetrates the skin and is considered a probable human carcinogen by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. \u00a0It is included on California\u2019s Proposition 65 list of chemicals known or suspected to cause cancer or birth defects.\u00a0Ok, so this ingredient is scary,\u00a0but you won\u2019t find it on ingredient labels. That\u2019s because 1,4-dioxane is a contaminant created when common ingredients react to form the compound when mixed together.\u00a0Ingredients containing \u2018eth\u2019 are names given to hide the use of 1,4-Dioxane; a byproduct of cancer-causing petrochemical ethylene oxide. \u00a0So why are companies using these products in their skincare formulations again? Right\u2026 it\u2019s a cheap alternative to provide mildness to very harsh ingredients found in their formulas\u2026 It\u2019s\u00a0crazy.\r\n\r\nWhat to look for on the label:\u00a0Sodium laureth\/lauryl sulfate, PEG compounds, Polyethylene,\u00a0chemicals that include the clauses xynol, ceteareth and oleth. \u00a0(As a general rule, avoid buying products that contain \u2018eth\u2019 in their name, such as myreth, sodium laureth sulfate, polymethyl glycol, oleth because they test positive for 1,4-Dioxane aka \u2018the silent killer\u2019.) (more info)\r\n\r\nBHA\r\n\r\nUsed as an antioxidant, BHA can be found in lip products, hair products, makeup, sunscreen, antiperspirant\/deodorant, fragrance, creams. Why is this one of the scary toxic skincare ingredients? Cancer, birth defects, hormone imbalances, skin irritation...its a bad one.\r\n\r\nWhat to look for on the label:\u00a0BHA, BHT (more info)\r\nOk, so now what?\r\nWe want you to be safe and healthy, living a vibrant lifestyle! The more you know, the easier that will be :) So, start checking your labels - if you see one of these toxic skincare ingredients on your labels, decide if you want to throw it out right now, or replace it once its run out. Doing a full reset all at once can be overwhelming but can be easier over time if you start to replace your products, \u00a0you will have a safe skin care routine before you know it. As overwhelming as this list may be, there are actually more ingredients out there that can cause havoc with your health.\r\n\r\nLuckily, there are resources to help us figure out if what we are buying is safe. To check the EWG SkinDeep encyclopedia on ingredients click here. \u00a0They have reports on loads of popular products, and if your isn't listed then you can create one. Awesome!\r\nWant a headstart with some beauty brands that are awesome? Heres a couple recommendations:\r\n\r\n \tSW Basics: this brand only uses natural & organic ingredients. Chances are you will recognize all the ingredients on the label without having to look them up.WIN!\r\n \tDIY Skin care products. I've been slowly swapping out some of my daily skincare products for natural or DIY products and coming from a former Sephora product addict, I cannot believe that my skin is actually looking so much healthier now. I guess when it doesn't have to detox out toxins it doesn't have to work as hard at looking good!\r\n \tEasy swaps, because honestly skin loves simplicity:\r\n\r\n \tCoconut oil for body moisturizing instead of a store bought lotion.\r\n \tJojoba oil as a face moisturizer. (Read about how awesome Jojoba oil is for your skin here)\r\n \tRose water as a facial toner.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nShopping list of my fave natural swaps:\r\n\r\n \t Cleanser by SW Basics \u2013 All Natural Skincare \u2013 Organic Ingredients\r\n \tCarrington Farms Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, 54 Ounce\r\n \tRose Water Toner - 100% Organic Natural Moroccan Rosewater (Chemical Free) - 4 oz\u00a0\r\n \tLeven Rose Organic 100% Pure Cold Pressed Unrefined Natural Jojoba Oil, 4 oz\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nNever\u00a0assume that the products you buy have passed a safety test. It\u2019s up to you to know what you\u2019re buying and putting on your skin.\r\nWhat are your favourite natural skincare brands? 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