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The Cost of Beauty: Are Your Beauty Products Secretly Harming You?


On average adults use 10-20 products a day.


And for women of color, that number is even higher. 

Toxins are everywhere.

We go about our daily lives without thinking about toxins we can't see.

Most of the beauty products on the market contain ingredients that are harmful to your health, especially your hormones - making menopausal symptoms worse.

And even more serious can lead to other serious health conditions.

In 2022, the beauty market industry, which includes skincare, fragrance, makeup, and haircare products generated approximately $430 billion in revenue and continues to grow.

Common Harmful Chemicals Found in Your Beauty Products


  • Parabens are preservatives used to keep your skincare and makeup fresh and germ-free. 

  • They are found in a variety of products, from soaps to lotions and makeup

  • Parabens are xenoestrogens or endocrine disruptors that mimic estrogen in your body. 

  • Research shows that they can increase estrogen (female sex hormone) production and could impact reproductive and brain function.

Phthalates (tha-leits)

  • Phthalates are salts or plasticizing chemicals used for the spreadability of a product.

  • They are used in nail polishes, perfumes, lotions, softeners, and shampoos.


  • Found in skincare products like perfumes, moisturizers, shampoos, cleansers, and conditioners.

  • They are made with chemicals that are associated with respiratory disorders, and skin allergies and could impact the reproductive system.

Formaldehyde (fr mal duh haid)

  • Often used as a preservative in skincare.

  • It is a colorless gas and is used to prevent the growth of bacteria. 

Diethanolamine (dee-eh-thu-naa-luh-meen)

  • This is the foaming agent in foaming cleansers, body washes, and shampoos. 

  • It is a cancer-causing agent and a respiratory toxin.

Polyethylene Glycol (PEG)(paa -lee- eh-thuh-leen)

  • PEG is used as a thickening agent in skincare products like lotions, sunscreen, and shampoos.

  •  It can cause cancer and respiratory disorders. 

What can you do?

🔶 Start reading labels when shopping for your favorite beauty products

🔶 Start small, by replacing conventional products with chemicals for cleaner options once they are empty

🔶 Take an inventory of products in your bathroom

🔶Look for cleaner options, many companies are offering cleaner options today than years ago. Check your local health food store, some drugstores, and online.

🔶 The Environmental Working Group (EWG) is a great resource. It is a not-for-profit organization that researches different products and assigns a rating based on the chemicals used in the products. You can use it as a resource to search for your products and see how they are rated, which can help you make product buying decisions. EWG Skin Deep Cosmetic Database is great for searching for cosmetic products.

🔶Use Apps on your smartphone to scan or look up products and find out about harmful chemicals that they contain. Apps include:

  1. Clearaya

  2. Detox Me by Silent Spring Institute

  3. EWG (mentioned above)

  4. Think Dirty

In Good Health,


DISCLAIMER: This information is not intended to provide medical advice. The purpose is to provide education and a broader understanding to my readers. Always seek the advice of your qualified healthcare provider before making any dietary or lifestyle changes. I do not recommend or prescribe, or recommend changing dosage or discontinuing, any prescription medications or pharmaceutical drugs.



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