Surprisingly Toxic Items for Your Skin

Surprisingly Toxic Items for Your Skin
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    When you paint your nails with polish, swipe on a coat of mascara or apply sunscreen at the beach, you probably aren’t thinking about the health risks involved.


These everyday items often contain harmful chemical compounds — such as parabens, phthalates, fragrance, benzene and formaldehyde — which can have detrimental effects on your well-being.

These harsh ingredients are easily absorbed through the skin and can leech into the bloodstream. Repeat exposure can impact neurological function, hamper cell detoxification, disrupt endocrine balance responsible for hormones and even cause cancer. Can your daily routine be making you sick?

Here’s a rundown of some of the most toxic household and personal care items that may be lurking in your home.

Protection From What

Slathering on sunscreen may protect your skin from damaging UVA and UVB rays, but many brands contain benzophenone or its derivative, oxybenzone — which have been associated with cellular damage and cancer.

Instead of applying chemical sunscreens that absorb into the skin, try opting for products that use safer mineral-based ingredients, such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, which sit on top of the epidermis.

Germophobes take heed. Triclosan — a primary ingredient in hand sanitizer and antibacterial soap — can cause skin irritation and reproductive toxicity through alterations in hormone regulation. This harsh compound is also a suspected carcinogen, and when overused, it may build an antibiotic resistance in bacteria.

And With the Laundry

Your laundry room can also be filled with potentially toxic products. Scented dryer sheets, fabric softeners and conventional laundry detergents often contain dyes and fragrances, which can cause skin irritation and severe allergic reactions. Choosing fragrance, scent and dye-free detergents and plant-based cleansers can help you avoid skin sensitivities.

For more common household items that can put your health at risk, see the accompanying guide.

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7 Surprising Items That Are Toxic To Your Skin from the Lapiel Laser Center

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